AJGA KROGER JUNIOR INVITATIONAL
ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Elks Run Golf Club Batavia, Ohio
August 5-8, 2002


CIMAROLLI, CRAIG CLAIM MEDALIST HONORS AT KROGER QUALIFIER
Thirteen boys, four girls fill field for AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational

BATAVIA, Ohio - Mark Cimarolli of Pittsburgh, Pa., fired a 3-under-par 68 Sunday at the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational Qualifier to earn medalist honors in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Jordan Craig of Connellsville, Pa., shot a 78 to top the field.

The 18-hole qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was held at the par-71 Elks Run Golf Club. It provided 95 juniors from 13 states the opportunity to earn one of 13 boys and four girls spots available in the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational field.

Cimarolli, playing in his first AJGA event, carded five birdies on the day, including a pair of back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5, 6, 12 and 13. "My drives were good today," Cimarolli said. "I hit every one down the fairway right where I wanted to help set me up."

Play was stopped for nearly two hours midway through the round due to a weather delay, but Cimarolli was able to find his touch with the putter after the break. "I couldn't get anything going with my putter until after the rain," the 17-year-old said. "Then a couple started to fall."

Adam Vandoski of Greenwood, Ind., was a shot off the pace with a 2-under-par 69. "I got off to a good start with a birdie on the first hole," Vandoski said. "I thought the course set up well for me. I was able to hit a lot of irons off the tee and keep it in play."

Vandoski finished with four birdies on the day to help him qualify in just his second attempt at an AJGA qualifier this season. "I'm going to keep the same mindset during the week to just keep it in play and not attack the holes with a lot of danger around the green."

Also qualifying in the Boys Division were Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio; Anthony Zappin of Huntington, W.Va.; Andy Brown of Ironton, Ohio; Bradley Wissmueller of Wausau, Wis.; Grant Christman of Columbus, Ohio; Tom Ballinger of Mansfield, Ohio; Jeff Price of Dublin, Ohio; Daniel Doyle of Rochester, Mich., and Scott Aydelotte of Apache Junction, Ariz.

Matt Considine of Akron, Ohio, Greg Esse of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Marty Hunter of Chillicothe, Ohio, survived a sudden-death playoff to capture the remaining spots.

In the Girls Division, Craig was able to play a steady round and avoid big mistakes en route to a 78. The 16-year-old connected on a short birdie putt on the 340-yard, par-4 ninth to help separate herself from the pack.

"I was struggling a little bit with my putter today, but I kept the ball in play which helped," Craig said. "It didn't feel like I played that well, but I hung in there."

Heather Scholten of Grand Rapids, Mich., Haley Sawyer of Dublin, Ohio, and Kathleen Ekey of Brunswick, Ohio, shot matching 83s to grab the remaining qualifying spots.

The first round of the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational will be held Tuesday, August 6 at the Elks Run Golf Club. Tee times will run between 7:30 a.m. - 12:27 p.m off the No. 1 tee.

For more information on the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational, please contact tournament headquarters at (513) 735-6600, ext. 12.



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