AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS JUNIOR
Furman University Golf Club
June 3-6, 2002
FOUR BOYS SHARE LEAD HEADING
INTO FINAL ROUND AT FURMAN Hetzel takes over first place in Girls Division
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Zack Siefert, a native of Simpsonville,
S.C., fired a tournament-low 6-under-par 66 to take a share
of the lead in the second round of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts
Junior at Furman on the par-72 Furman University Golf Club
Siefert, J.D. Bass of Fairview, N.C., Chris Kirk of Woodstock,
Ga., and Clint Smith of Asheboro, N.C., are all tied for first
place at 140.
In the Girls Division, Polo Golf Junior All-American Mallory
Hetzel took the lead after shooting a 1-under-par 71 to improve
to even-par 144 for the tournament.
The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
features 99 players representing 16 states, the Philippines,
Canada and Singapore. This is second of three tournaments
Henry-Griffitts will sponsor during the 2002 season.
Siefert started the day off strong, making birdie on three
of his first four holes. Siefert, who was disappointed with
his putting yesterday, said the key today was hitting the
"I kept giving myself chances off the tee," said
Siefert, who carded seven birdies for the round. "Today
I hit most of the greens, which gave me easy birdies."
Kirk, who won the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic
last week, finished with a 3-under-par 69 after making birdies
on Nos. 2, 4, 9, 15 and 17. On the 508-yard, par-5 15th, Kirk
had a chance at an eagle, but couldn't connect and had to
settle for birdie.
"Yesterday, I had a good front nine, but a bad back nine,"
Kirk said. "I was headed towards that today, but I turned
it around (after No. 15)."
Smith, playing in his first AJGA event, made birdie on the
first two holes en route to a 34-35-69. Bass, who was the
lone leader after the first round, had a steady round, shooting
Hetzel, from Summerville, S.C., said her goal for the round
was "to stay patient and wait for the birdies to drop."
Hetzel birdied Nos. 4, 6 and 15, and will look to stay aggressive
going into the final round.
"When I play more aggressive, I play better," Hetzel
said. "The key is hitting fairways. If you hit fairways,
then you can play this golf course."
Margaret Shirley of Roswell, Ga., sits a shot back in second
place after a 33-38-71 and is at 145 for the tournament. Blair
Lamb of Flat Rock, N.C., Megan Miller of Murrells Inlet, S.C.,
and Monique Gesualdi of St. Augustine, Fla., are all tied
for third at 146.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June
6 off the No. 1 tee at Furman University Golf Club.
For more information on the Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman,
contact tournament headquarters at (864) 294-6283.
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