AJGA PING JUNIOR AT THE PENINSULA CLUB
The Peninsula Club
July 22-25, 2002
HAGLER FIRES ROUND OF 5-UNDER-PAR TO CLAIM
Myers grasps lead in Girls Division
CORNELIUS, N.C. - Thomas Hagler, IV,
of Ringgold, Ga., fired a 5-under-par 66 Wednesday to take
control of the leader board after the second round of the
AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club. In the Girls Division,
Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., maintained her lead over
the rest of the field with a 71-76-147 tournament total.
The AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club, conducted by the
American Junior Golf Association, features 99 boys and girls
from 18 states, with the majority of players hailing from
Hagler, who will play golf at Augusta State in the fall, made
seven birdies on the round en route to a two-day total of
4-under par 138. Consecutive birdies on the first three holes
and birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 created bookends on the lowest
round that Hagler has recorded in a tournament.
"I didn't play quite as aggressive today," said
the 18-year-old, who carded a 1-over-par 72 during the first
round. "I tried to be smarter with my shots and just
aimed towards the middle of the green."
With a best AJGA finish of sixth at The Homestead in Hot Springs,
Va., last summer, Hagler is looking to continue his strong
"If you hit the fairways and greens on this course, you'll
be fine," said Hagler. "Today, I just basically
pared all of the 'par' holes and birdied the 'birdie' ones.
I'm hoping to do the same tomorrow."
Brad Doster of Winter Park, Fla., holds sole possession of
second place at 2-under-par 140 for the tournament. J.D. Bass
of Fairview, N.C. and Ty Lefler of Apex, N.C. sit in a tie
for third at 1-under-par. Three players who are tied at even-par,
Richie Hunt of Elm City, N.C., Will Shambley of Cary, N.C.,
and Drew Weaver of High Point, N.C., and round out the top
In the Girls Division, Myers retained her lead after a round
of 38-38-76. A birdie on the par-4, 337-yard second was one
of her two birdies on the day.
"No. 2 was a good hole for me," said the 16-year-old.
"I hit my drive in the fairway, an iron shot to 25-feet
and then I hit that putt for birdie. I was pretty happy with
"I wasn't hitting the ball as straight today and the
wind picked up a little on the back," Myers said. "Tomorrow,
I just need to go back to the way I was playing on Tuesday."
Maggie Simons of Raleigh, N.C., who was tied with Myers for
the lead after the first day of play, carded a round of 78
today and is now in second place. Erica Battle of Columbia,
S.C., heads into the final round in third place at 81-70-151.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July
25, 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, or
visit the Association's Web site at ajga.org.