AJGA GOLFWEEK CHICAGO JUNIOR
Winnetka Golf Club
June 11-14, 2002
FOUR BOYS TIED ATOP LEADERBOARD AT AJGA
GOLFWEEK CHICAGO JUNIOR
Ashley Knoll leads the Girls Division by two strokes
WINNETKA, Ill. -- Ninety-nine players weathered through
the early morning mist and cold temperature in the first round
of the AJGA Golfweek Chicago Junior Wednesday at the Winnetka
Golf Club in Winnetka, Ill. Four boys lead the Boys Division
at 1-under-par 70. Honorable mention Polo Golf Junior All-American
Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, leads by two strokes
in the Girls Division after shooting an opening low round
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole
tournament features 99 players from 22 states and Canada,
including 42 Illinois natives. Past tournament champions include
David Duval, Kellee Booth and Leigh Anne Hardin. Four Polo
Golf Junior All-Americans are included in this week's field.
Michael Schachner of Libertyville, Ill., entered the clubhouse
with an opening low round of 70. Fellow Illinois native Eric
Meierdierks of Wilmette followed eight groups later to tie
with Schachner. Patrick Herzog of Red Wing, Minn., and Josh
Persons of Fargo, N.D., also wrapped up the first day of competition
at 1-under-par 70.
"I feel good about today's round," Meierdierks said.
"I hit the ball off the tee and my irons really well.
I stuck to my game plan and I ended up playing a good round."
With two rounds still left to play, the players at the top
don't plan on changing a thing.
"I have to play aggressive and shoot low," Herzog
said. "I'll approach it the same way because you never
know which way it's going to go when it comes to golf."
David Shearer of Charlevoix, Mich., Bradley Wissmueller of
Wausau, Wis., Stephen Mayo, Jr. of Austin, Texas, and Ross
Hamann of Lakeville, Minn., rounded out the boys top five
at even par.
In the Girls Division, Texas native Ashley Knoll finished
the first round shooting a 1-over-par 72 to take the lead.
The 17-year-old is well aware that tough competition only
"I felt no pressure playing today," said Knoll.
"If anything, it gives me more confidence to do well
in the next round."
Kylene Pulley of Kokomo, Ind., and Second-Team Polo Golf Junior
All-American Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., trail Knoll by
three strokes and round out the top three girls at 74.
Second-round action will begin Thursday from 6:30-11:18 a.m.
off the Winnetka Golf Club's No. 1 tee.
For more information on the Golfweek Chicago Junior, please
contact tournament headquarters at (847) 501-5796.