AJGA GOLFWEEK CHICAGO JUNIOR QUALIFIER
ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Bittersweet Golf Club
June 10, 2002
THIRTEEN BOYS, TWO GIRLS QUALIFY FOR GOLFWEEK
Andy Shiels, Ali Griffin medal in Boys and Girls Division,
GURNEE, Ill. -- A qualifier held at Bittersweet Golf
Club Monday, June 10 gave 15 players entry into the Golfweek
Chicago Junior that will take place at Winnetka Golf Club
in Winnetka, Ill., June 11-14.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golfweek
Chicago Junior Qualifier allowed 13 boys and two girls the
opportunity to "play their way" into the 54-hole
Championship event. Bittersweet Golf Club is an 18-hole par-72
course spreading over 6,684 yards for Boys and 5,733 yards
Medalist honors in the Boys Division went to Andy Shiels of
Rockford, Ill., who was the only player out of 104 qualifier
participants to shoot under par, with a 3-under-par 69. Ali
Griffin of Edmond, Okla., fired a 6-over-par 78 to capture
the Girls Division.
Shiels got off to a fast start, as he birdied Nos. 12 through
14, after recording a par on his first hole at the par 5,
530 yard No. 11. The key to his round was consistent play
as he navigated through the demanding layout of the course.
"I got off to a good start," Shiels said. "My
putter was really working today, and that's why I was able
to birdie three of the first four holes."
He minimized on errors and maintained his consistent play
throughout the day as he fended off the possibility of a disappointing
"I was just here to qualify today, then I got off to
a good start," Shiels said. "At Winnetka, I just
want to place well so I can get into the next tournament."
The other qualifiers for the Boys Division include: Nick Johnston
of Louisville, Ky.; Robbie Scheele of Indianapolis; Anthony
Gillick of Arlington Heights, Ill.; John Pryce of East Lansing,
Mich.; Beau Crawford of Laplata, Mo.; Joe Kinney of Lake Villa,
Ill.; Stuart Lindgren of Richfield, Minn.; Robert Sherman
of Chicago; Steven Mroczkowski of Muskego, Wis.; Todd Barkelar
of Schofield, Wis; Matthew Cermak of Chicago; and Ian Springer
of River Forest, Ill., who qualified via a three-hole, sudden-death
In the Girls Division, Griffin used her cerebral approach
towards the game as she fought through all 18 holes to claim
"It was a very tight and difficult course to play, but
that's what made it really fun out there today," Griffin
said. "I'm just having a lot of fun out there right now.
I have a long stretch of tournaments coming up, and I'm thinking
through things really well right now."
Lauren Pappas of Sewickley, Pa., clinched the other remaining
qualifying spot in the Girls Division by shooting a 39-43-82.
The Golfweek Chicago Junior will feature 99 players, both
boys and girls, representing 20 states and Canada, with 42
participants hailing from Illinois.
First round tee times will begin at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday off
the No. 1 tee at Winnetka Golf Club.
For more information on the Golfweek Chicago Junior, contact
tournament headquarters at (847) 501-5796.