AJGA PING JUNIOR AT THE PENINSULA
The Peninsula Club
July 21, 2002
GROVES FIRES 67 TO CLAIM QUALIFIER
AT PENINSULA CLUB
Hetzel takes top honors in Girls Division
CORNELIUS, N.C. - Dustin Groves of Keswick, Va., fired
a 4-under-par 67 Sunday to garner medalist honors at the AJGA
PING Junior at The Peninsula Club Qualifier. Mallory Hetzel
of Summerville, S.C., shot 72 to claim the Girls Division.
The PING Junior at The Peninsula Club Qualifier, conducted
by the American Junior Golf Association, gave 96 boys and
girls, ages 13-18, the opportunity to earn a spots into the
three-round Championship event, which begins Tuesday.
Groves, 16, carded only one bogey and five birdies during
his round. Groves made birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 15 and 16 to
finish with a 4-under-par 32 on the back nine.
"I played well today," Groves said. "That 20-foot
putt I made on No. 15 really got me going. It feels great
to come out here and play this well in my first AJGA event."
Drew Weaver of High Point, N.C., shot a 1-under-par 70 to
earn a tournament spot, while Tim Dillon of Greensboro, N.C.,
and Nick Chauvenet of Winston-Salem, N.C., both shot 71 to
qualify. Also qualifying were Blaine Rogers of Simpsonville,
S.C., Stephen Goodridge of Attica, N.Y., Steve Burk of Keswick,
Va., Adam Slizewski of Maryville, Tenn., Andrew Buergler of
Cary, N.C., Jordan Utley of Richmond, Va., J.D. Yearwood of
Wellesley, Mass., Bryant Hare of Raleigh, N.C., Colin Clark
of Durham, N.C., and John Chandler of Sumter, S.C.
In the Girls Division, Hetzel made her first birdie on the
par-4, 357-yard 4th and finished the front nine with an even-par
36. The 15-year-old carded one more birdie on the par-3, 132-yard
13th after sticking a 9-iron to within five feet. Hetzel finished
with a 36-36-72.
"I played solid today," Hetzel said. "I didn't
do anything great, but I also didn't make any stupid mistakes.
This just gives me a little more confidence going into the
Dinah Plyler of Chapin, S.C., shot a 39-39-78 to earn a spot
in the tournament, while Jennifer Pokrzwinski (40-40-80) of
Lakeville, Minn., and Amber Littman (40-41-81) of Stoney Creek,
N.C., rounded out the qualifiers in the Girls Division.
The PING Junior at The Peninsula Club will feature 99 players
representing 18 states, with the majority of players hailing
from the state of North Carolina.
First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July
23, off the No. 1 tee at The Peninsula Club.
For more information on the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula
Club, contact tournament headquarters at (704) 896-7060.