CHRYSLER AJGA BOYS INVITATIONAL
The Cardinal Golf & Country Club
June 10-14, 2002
GUTKNECHT, LANGE SHARE LEAD AT INAUGURAL
Nine players finish first round under par in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Bill Gutknecht of The Woodlands,
Texas, and Brett Lange of Atlanta each carded a 4-under-par
66 Tuesday to capture a share of the lead after first-round
play at the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational, held this week
at The Cardinal Golf & Country Club.
The Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational, conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association, features 99 players from 20 states,
Canada, and Singapore, with nearly 20 percent of the field
hailing from North Carolina. The inaugural 72-hole event,
which runs Tuesday through Friday with no cut, includes 22
Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. Rocco Mediate, two-time champion
of the PGA TOUR's Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, is
serving as honorary chairman for the competition.
Gutknecht, a 17-year-old senior-to-be, recorded birdies on
Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 9 en route to a round of 31-35-66. Playing
in his third AJGA tournament this year, Gutknecht is looking
to better a fifth-place finish at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Junior at Bentwood in Porter, Texas, this past Easter, his
highest career AJGA finish.
"I hit the ball pretty well and didn't miss many fairways
or greens," Gutknecht said. "My drive on No. 1 was
pretty good and it got my confidence going. Shooting low is
"The greens got pretty hard at the end, but I got a
couple of fortunate breaks, and I took advantage of them."
Lange, the medalist in Sunday's qualifier, holed out from
120 yards for eagle on the 413-yard par-4 ninth to round out
a 4-under-par front nine. The 16-year-old made nine pars on
the back to finish the day at 31-35-66.
"I had some good up-and-downs on the back and some good
saves for par," Lange said. "I expected to play
well today since I've been playing well lately. I'm happy
with a 66."
Lange, who tied for sixth in the 2001 Greater Greensboro
Chrysler Junior, was excited to make it back into the tournament
field this year.
"This course is a perfect fit for me," Lange said.
"I'm not that long of a hitter, but I can usually get
it in the fairway. I just need to stay aggressive and push
myself to play better this week. I can't get comfortable with
where I'm at."
Gutknecht and Lange share a one-stoke advantage over Brad
Doster (33-34-67) of Winter Park, Fla., and Erik Olson (35-32-67)
of Renton, Wash. Polo Golf Junior All-American Webb Simpson
of Raleigh, N.C., and Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., finished
the first day of play in a tie for fifth at 68, two strokes
behind the leaders.
Second-round tee times will begin Wednesday, June 12, at
7:30 a.m. off of the No. 1 tee at The Cardinal Golf &
For more information on the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational,
contact tournament headquarters at (336) 668-2746, ext. 215,
or visit our Web site at ajga.org.