AJGA CALLAWAY GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC AT CHAMPAIGN
Champaign Country Club
Champaign, Illinois
August 19-21, 2002

SAVAGE FIRES 2-UNDER 69 TO GARNER LEAD AT CHAMPAIGN
Arseneault leads Girls Division at 2-over-par

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Matt Savage of Louisville, Ky., fired a 2-under-par 69 Tuesday to claim the first-round lead at the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Champaign, held at the par-71 Champaign Country Club. Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa, posted a 2-over-par 73 to take a three-stroke lead in the Girls Division.

The 36-hole Championship, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, is the final in a series of seven events in the Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series and features 84 players, ages 13-15, from 28 states, including 12 competitors from Illinois.

Savage, a 15-year-old sophomore-to-be, carded just one bogey and three birdies en route to a round of 34-35-69. On the par-4, 429-yard seventh, Savage sunk a 25-foot birdie putt, the first of two birdies he posted on his last three holes of play.

"I didn't really play all that great today, but I didn't make any mistakes," Savage said. "I hit the ball well and stayed out of the trees. The course wasn't playing very easy today, and I was getting a little frustrated with my putting."

Savage, who is playing in his first AJGA Junior All-Star and his sixth AJGA event over-all, is looking to better his best finish of 11th at the 2002 Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic.

"I don't usually get out to very good starts at these tournaments," Savage said. "I am pleased with my score today because I was looking to just keep myself in the hunt."

Cornelius Carroll of St. Simons, Ga., Dustin Garza of Edinburg, Texas, and Matt Fast of Hattiesburg, Miss., are tied for second place at 1-under-par 70. Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division is Michael Quagliano of White Plains, N.Y., who posted even-par 71.

In the Girls Division, Arseneault began with a bogey on her first hole, but bounced back with a birdie on the par-5, 474-yard 11th. Arseneault posted a round of 37-36-73.

"I knew I needed to get back that extra stroke I had on the first hole," said the 14-year-old. "I played well today and was able to place most of my shots to go right where I wanted them, which helps on this course because it's fairly narrow. I enjoy playing the Champaign Country Club course because there are no hidden bunkers and the par-3s play fair."

Arseneault is coming off of an eighth place finish at the AJGA John Deere Classic Junior Championship last week in Long Grove, Iowa.

Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., is in sole possession of second place at 5-over-par 76, and Mallory Blackwelder of Versailles, Ky., is in third with a score of 7-over-par 78.

Final-round tee times will begin Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Champaign Country Club.

For more information on the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Champaign, contact tournament headquarters at (217) 356-1255.

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