ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
LPGA International, Champions Course
Daytona Beach, Florida
June 10-13, 2002
TODD LEADS BY A STROKE WITH
ONE ROUND TO PLAY
Eleven players within five shots of the lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -
Lauren Todd of Phoenix, carded her second-consecutive round
under par at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship to lead
the field by one stroke heading into the final round. Eleven
players are within five shots of the lead at the prestigious
event held at the par-72 LPGA International's Champions Course.
The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association features 82 girls representing 24 states, Japan
and the Philippines. Twenty-six participants from Florida
are included in the field.
Todd (70-71--141) bogeyed No. 1, but quickly rebounded with
the help of a hot putter to notch four birdies during the
"It was an adventure out there," Todd said. "My
putting was very solid. I did not miss anything within five
feet and made a couple of 20-foot putts to help me."
Todd, 17, is excited about being at the top of the leaderboard,
but knows there is a lot of golf to be played.
"It is exciting anytime you are in position to win,"
said Todd, who finished third last month at the AJGA Southwestern
Junior Classic. "I have been playing well and just have
to believe I can do it. I have to do the same thing I did
today and focus on hitting fairways."
Sitting one stroke off the lead is In-Bee Park, of Eustis
Fla., and Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla.
The 17-year-old Lincicome (71-71--142) came out of the gate
strong with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 before notching three
more in her round. She credited much of her success to her
driver, but said she needs to work on some mechanics for the
"I was too loose today," Lincicome said. "I
need to tighten up on my game for tomorrow. On No. 10, I was
40 yards away and missed the green."
Park (70-72--142), 13, put together a consistent round including
two birdies to finish at even par.
"I missed a lot of birdie putts, but my irons were working
well for me today," Park said. "I am excited for
tomorrow and just want to do my best."
Defending champion, Brittany Lang, 16, of McKinney Texas,
sits two shots off the lead with a 73-70--143.
The final round of play commences tomorrow with tee times
from 7:30-9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees.
For more information regarding the Rolex Girls Junior Championship
or other AJGA events, please contact our tournament headquarters
at (386) 274-1674.