AJGA AVILA JUNIOR CLASSIC
Avila Golf & Country Club
July 1-4, 2002
DOTTLEY SETS BAR WITH LOW
ROUND OF 67 AT AVILA Granada sits atop leader board in Girls Division
TAMPA, Fla. - Will Dottley of Madison, Miss., fired
a 5-under-par 67 Tuesday to capture the lead after first-round
play at the AJGA Avila Junior Classic, held this week at the
par-72 Avila Golf & Country Club. Julieta Granada from
Bradenton, Fla., posted a 1-under-par 71 to take control of
first place in the Girls Division.
The Avila Junior Classic, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, features 84 players, including boys and
girls representing 20 states, Mexico and Paraguay. Fifty-one
players hail from the state of Florida.
Dottley, who finished tied for second in his last AJGA tournament
at the end of May, scorched the front nine, knocking down
birdie putts on the first four holes. After a bogey on No.
6 and a string of pars that put him at 3-under on the front
nine, Dottley found himself in trouble on the 402-yard, par-4
10th. However, Dottley got up-and-down from 20 yards past
the green to save par. The 17-year-old proceeded to birdie
Nos. 11 and 13 for a round of 33-34-67.
"That was a big par," said Dottley about his save
on No. 10. "I probably would have finished even if I
hadn't pared that hole. I putted well all day. Every time
I gave myself a good birdie chance, I made it."
Dottley holds a three-stoke advantage over both Nicholas Smith
(36-34-70) of Ocala, Fla., and Tyler Rucarean (35-35-70) of
Gainesville, Fla., who are in a tie for second place. Scotty
Campbell of Conway, Ark., and Ryan Hillstrom of Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., finished the day in a tie for fourth at 1-under-par
In the Girls Division, Granada finished her bogey-free round
with one birdie, which came on the 480-yard, par-5 third.
Granada hit a 6-iron from 140 yards out to within 15 feet
of the hole and sunk the putt for birdie. The 15-year-old
hit 14 greens en route to a round of 35-36-71.
"I had a lot of opportunities to make birdies on the
front, but that was the only one that went in," said
Granada about her lone birdie. "The course was playing
pretty long with all the rain, and the flags on the back nine
were all back. It was hard out there today."
Tampa, Fla., native Mallory Code is one stroke behind the
leader in second place at even-par 72. Jennifer Pandolfi of
Navarre, Fla., is in third place after shooting 39-35-74.
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday,
July 3, off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Avila Golf & Country
For more information on the AJGA Avila Junior Classic, contact
tournament headquarters at (813) 968-5285.
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