AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS JUNIOR
Furman University Golf Club
June 2, 2002
RIESEN, TUCKER GRAB MEDALIST
HONORS AT FURMAN Nine boys, four girls qualify for tournament in Sunday
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Robert Riesen of
Pinehurst, N.C., fired a 2-under-par 70 to garner medalist
honors in the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman held Sunday
afternoon at Furman University Golf Club. Eleanor Tucker,
a native of Wilson, N.C., took first place in the Girls Division
with a 3-over-par 75.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Henry-Griffitts
Junior at Furman allowed 13 juniors-nine boys and four girls-to
earn a spot into the 54-hole championship, which begins Tuesday
in Greenville, S.C.
The Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman will feature 99 players
with boys and girls representing 16 states and Canada.
Riesen, 15, will be playing in just his second AJGA tournament.
He finished in a tie for 30th at last week's AJGA Henry-Griffitts
Rome Junior Classic in Rome, Ga. Riesen carded five birdies
in today's round, including one on each of the four par-5s.
"I hit the ball real good today," Riesen said. "I
putted really well, too. Now I just need to work on driving
Other qualifiers in the Boys Division include Luke Hopkins
of Greer, S.C.; Eric Shriver of Cary, N.C.; Lee Keong Yang
of Singapore; Barden Berry of Kinston, N.C.; Casey Flattery
of Sparta, N.C.; Scott Brannan of Central, S.C.; Will Shambley
of Cary, N.C.; and Phillip Mollica of Anderson, S.C.
Tucker, 16, also made her way to Greenville after playing
in last week's tournament in Rome. In Sunday's qualifier,
Tucker posted a 37-38-75 to finish one shot ahead of second-place
finisher Mayule Tomimbang of Kissimmee, Fla.
"This course is a lot like Rome, so it was nice to play
a similar type of course two weeks in a row," Tucker
said. "The greens here are much faster, though."
Tucker will be playing in her third AJGA tournament this week.
Last season, she broke her wrist in her first tournament of
the year, which prevented her from playing in any other events.
"I just need to stay focused this week," Tucker
said. "I need to take one shot at a time."
Jennifer Cassidy of Dalton, Ga., and Kelly White of Moore,
S.C., grabbed the last two qualifying spots in the Girls Division.
First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June
4, off the No. 1 tee at Furman University Golf Club in Greenville,
For more information on the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at
Furman, contact tournament headquarters at (864) 294-6283.
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