AJGA SLI JUNIOR CLASSIC AT NEW SEABURY
Country Club of New Seabury, Dunes Course
August 26-29, 2002
MERKOW, YI CAPTURE LEAD AFTER SECOND ROUND
AT NEW SEABURY
MASHPEE, Mass. - Chilly morning winds did not prevent
David Merkow of Hartland, Wis., from firing a 1-under-par
69 and taking over the second-round lead Wednesday at the
AJGA SLI Junior Classic at New Seabury. In the Girls Division,
Songyi Yi of San Diego, Calif., emerged with a one-shot lead
as the tournament heads into the final day.
The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
is being held on the par-70 layout of the Dunes Course at
the Country Club of New Seabury. The national event features
84 players, ages 13-18, representing 20 states.
Despite the change in weather, the 17-year-old Merkow shaved
two shots off his opening-round 71, adding a 1-under-par 69
to claim a one-shot lead at even-par 140.
"I knew it was windier today, so I was using more club
and swinging easy," Merkow said. "I kept it straight
off the tee. I didn't hit it particularly long, but I kept
the ball low. Most of the holes are tree-lined, so if you
keep it low, the wind won't affect it too much."
Merkow carded four birdies in the round, including a chip-in
on the fifth hole.
"I had some mental lapses on the greens," Merkow
said. "But my chipping saved me."
Merkow heads into the final round in search of his second
AJGA title of the summer, having already won the Marsh Kansas
City Junior. His closest competitor is Jeff Wallace of Franklin,
Mass., who sits alone in second place, one stroke back at
Shawn Warren of Windham, Maine, David May of Auburn, N.Y.,
and Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., are tied for third place,
four shots back at 4-over-par 144.
In the Girls Division, Yi carded consistent rounds of 74-75
to take a one-shot lead at 149.
The South Korean-born 15-year-old recovered from a difficult
start by making birdies at Nos. 8 and 9. Following three bogeys
and two double-bogeys on the first seven holes, Yi chipped
in at No. 8 and drained a 20-footer at the ninth.
"I felt much better after that," Yi said. "I
felt like I could shoot a low score."
With her confidence restored, Yi made par on each hole of
the back nine. Yi credits her accurate driving for her position
atop the leaderboard.
Trailing Yi by one shot is first-round leader Marina Choi
of Los Angeles, who carded rounds of 73-77-150. Anna Grzebien
of Narragansett, R.I., shot rounds of 78-74-152 to stand in
The AJGA SLI Junior Classic at New Seabury concludes Thursday,
with tee times running from 7-8:57 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and
10 tees at the Country Club of New Seabury.
For more information on the SLI Junior Classic at New Seabury
or the AJGA, please contact tournament headquarters at (508)
539-8322, ext. 237.