AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR INVITATIONAL
Bellefonte Country Club
Ashland, Kentucky
June 18-21, 2002

MUDD'S SIZZLING 64 LEADS AT HENRY-GRIFFITTS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR
All-Americans Lincicome and Wade Tied Atop Girls Division

ASHLAND, Ky. - Jessie Mudd of Louisville, Ky., was hotter than the weather as he fired a blistering 6-under-par 64 to lead the Boys Division after the first round of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational Wednesday. In the Girls Division Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., are tied for the lead as each recorded an even-par 70.

The 54-hole tournament, hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 120 players from 24 states and Mexico, including 27 Kentucky natives.

Mudd cooly collected an eagle and a birdie on the first two holes as his driver and putter worked in unison. He fell one shot shy of the boys course record of 63 set by Jack Ferguson in 1998.

"I've been struggling with my putter, it kind of went south for a little bit," Mudd said. "But I've really worked on it this past week, putting the ball back and forth on a 2x4."

After Mudd dropped a hard breaking 35-foot putt on No. 11 for eagle, he stood at 6-under-par and cruised to the finish from there. After finishing tied for third in the Ashland event the past two years, Mudd is primed to take the crown.

"This is one of my favorite tournaments," Mudd said. "Tomorrow I want to hit a lot of fairways, get a lot of birdie opportunities and putt well, just like I did today. I scored really well today, but I know I can play better."

Despite playing 36 holes at the U.S. Junior Qualifying Tuesday and playing in the first group on Wednesday, Jared Jones of Kenova, W. Va., shot 5-under-par 65 to stand alone in second. Mark Ogren of Daphne, Ala., and Michael Haverfield of Louisville, Ky., each carded 68 to round out the top-four in the Boys Division.

Lincicome and Wade, both second-team Polo Golf Junior All-Americans, matched each other shot for shot as they dueled in the day's final pairing.

"Whitney was the one that I knew was going to be my toughest competitor," Lincicome said. "I'm happy with the way I played but I'm just not happy with the way I scored."

A friendly rivalry figure to keep Lincicome and Wade at or near the top of the leaderboard throughout the tournament, as they lead the girls field by four strokes.

"I make stupid mistakes that cost me strokes, so I have to play better," Wade said. "My driving and putting are pretty good right now, so we'll just have to see what happens."

Rounding out the top three are Leah Wigger of Louisville, Ky., and Lindsay Robinson of Huntington, W.Va.

Second-round action will run 7 a.m - 12:51 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Bellefonte Country Club.
For more information on the Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational, please contact tournament headquarters at (606) 326-0341.

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