AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR INVITATIONAL QUALIFIER
ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Bellefonte Country Club
June 17, 2002
CAIN WINS QUALIFIER ON FIRST TRY TO ADVANCE
Cloutier claims top spot in Girls Division
ASHLAND, Ky. - Eighty-two players competed for limited,
competitive spots in the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior
Invitational Qualifier Monday at the Bellefonte Country Club
in Ashland, Ky., but only 17 qualified to advance into Wednesday's
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, 14 boys
and three girls finalized the 120-player field in the 54-hole
championship that will feature juniors representing 19 states
and Canada, with 27 participants hailing from Kentucky.
Matt Cain of Granville, Ohio, and Sharla Cloutier of Niceville,
Fla., claimed medalist honors in their respective divisions
to advance to the tournament.
In his first attempt at an AJGA tournament, the 18-year-old
Cain carded an eagle and three birdies on the day shooting
a career-best round of 1-under-par 69 to capture the Boys
"I just played with the mentality to win and not to just
qualify," Cain said. "I knew there were still good,
strong players in the [qualifier] field and I had to play
The 13 other boys who qualified for the tournament are Brian
Keating of Cincinnati; Tim Schaetzel of Atlanta; Brock Bergman
of Wexford, Pa.; Alex Zega of Louisville, Ky.; Matt Busa of
Bay Village, Ohio; Nick Johnston of Louisville, Ky.; Tyler
Priest of Newark, Ohio; Anthony Zappin of Huntington, W.Va.;
Braxton Weaver of Bloomington, Ill.; Nick Griffin of Hawesville,
Ky.; Tim Porter of Wilmington, Del.; Derek Osterbrock of Wilmington,
Ohio; and Kyle Sergent of Grayson, Ky.
In the Girls Division, Cloutier fired the low round of the
day with a 4-over-par 74, carding two birdies to enter her
second AJGA tournament.
"I feel good about the way I played today," Cloutier
said. "I still have to come back [Wednesday], continue
to shoot well and keep the ball in play."
Also qualifying are Kentucky natives Taryn Durham of Glasgow
and Maggie McGill of Bowling Green. Durham and McGill each
shot 80 to tie for second and advance to the championship.
First round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday off
the No. 1 tee at Bellefonte Country Club.
For more information on the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass
Junior Invitational, contact tournament headquarters at (606)