AJGA FIELDSTONE JUNIOR CLASSIC
Fieldstone Golf Club
July 22-25, 2002
DELAWARE NATIVE WITMAN TAKES
THE LEAD AT FIELDSTONE
Cavener garners season low 69 in the Girls Division
- Tyler Witman of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Michaela Cavener
of Ponca City, Okla., captured more than just birdies and
pars during the first round at the AJGA Fieldstone Junior
Classic; they both fired low rounds of 69 for the lead in
their respective divisions.
Tight fairways lined with fescue grass and evaluated tee boxes
accurately portrays the challenging terrain that 87 juniors,
representing 17 states, faced as they teed it up for the 54-hole
stroke play tournament at the Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville,
Del., conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. Five
Delaware natives are included in the field.
Witman came into Tuesday's round with the mindset to make
a few birdies and avoid the hazards. The 16-year-old did more
than just that; he nailed five birdies on Nos. 6, 7, 10, 15,
"I hit my irons very well today, however,
my putting was rather streaky," Witman said. "The
key to playing this course is to hit the fairways and greens
and if you don't, you will land in the tall grass and that
will cost you several strokes because it's so tough getting
out of it."
Trailing behind Witman by one stroke with 1-under par 70s
include Jace Moore of Southlake, Texas, and Matt Busa of Bay
Village Ohio, while Witchita Falls, Texas native Will Osborne
carded a 38-33-71 to be among the leaders. Rounding out the
first-round leaderboard at even par are Shawn Warren of Windham,
Maine, and Adam Cohan of Wayne, Penn.
In the Girls Division, Cavener fired a 35-34-69 to take the
lead. The rising high school junior hit every green and carded
three birdies en route to earning her low round of the season.
"I just played very solid today. Everything
was working for me and this is the best I have played all
season," Cavener said.
Going into the second round in hopes of securing
a top spot before the final round, Cavener plans use the same
"I just want to hit every fairway and
green. I plan to play well and have fun," she said.
Lauren Braswell of Basking Ridge, N.J., is four-strokes behind
Cavener with a 34-39-73 while Delaware native Jessica Reno
of Wilmington, who won the 2001 AJGA Compaq Junior All-Star
Classic at Fieldstone, carded a 3-over-par 75.
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
July 24 off the No. 1 and 10 tees at Fieldstone Golf Club.