English Turn Golf and Country Club
New Orleans, La.
July 22-26, 2002

Godare catapults to lead at 151

NEW ORLEANS, La. - In their last AJGA event, Joeseph Morton of Waycross, Ga., and Stephanie Godare of Houston lead their divisions after two rounds in the AJGA hp Junior Classic at English Turn. Morton continued his lead in the Boys Division by shooting a two-day total of 143. Godare jumped four spots to claim the lead at 151.

The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 84 players representing 16 states and includes 10 Louisiana natives. Past champions of the event include PGA TOUR players Scott Verplank, Bryce Molder and Brian Watts, and LPGA Tour players Grace Park and Michelle McGann.

Coming into the round, Morton, who will be attending College of Charleston in the fall, knew that he couldn't afford to throw in a high score today. But he said that he just wasn't getting the shots that he liked.

"I hit the ball better today than yesterday," Morton, 18, said. I was in two divots today - luck just didn't go my way."

Morton, 70-73-143, tested his luck though and maintained a steady course to put him at 1-under par after 10 holes.

"All my shots on the back were pure," Morton said. "I just didn't post the score I was looking for."

With a couple of previous top 10 finishes, Morton feels confident that he has a shot at a win provided his putts are dropping and he gets good breaks.

Godare, who will be attending Texas Christian University in the fall, started her second round with a birdie on No. 1 to get her off on the right foot. After that she kept her goal for the day insight.

"I wanted to par everything," the 18-year-old said. "No big mistakes. I had two yesterday that cost me."

Godare's best previous AJGA finish was a tie for fifth at the Chrysler Junior Classic at Horseshoe Bay last year.

"I just want to be consistent and have fun tomorrow," Godare, 78-73-151, said. "I want to have fun tomorrow. It would be a good way to go out."

In other action, Jaclyn Stelzer, 17, of Allen, Texas, dropped a hole-in-one on the par-3, 146-yard eighth hole. Stelzer said that she didn't even see the ball go in, but another parent saw it bounce and roll into the hole.

Final-round action begins at 7 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 tees and tee times run until 8:57 a.m.

For more information regarding the hp Junior Classic at English Turn, please contact our headquarters at (504) 391-8182.

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