AJGA GREATER HARTFORD JAYCEES JUNIOR CLASSIC QUALIFIER
ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Blue Fox Run Golf Club
Avon, Connecticut
August 18, 2002

TRIO OF MEDALISTS LEAD QUALIFIER CHARGE INTO HARTFORD JUNIOR
Wolejko lone girl to qualify after shooting 79

AVON, Conn. -- Matt Hanlon of Hingham, Mass., Jeff Wallace of Franklin, Mass., and Scott Marino of Fairfax, Va., carded identical rounds of even-par 71 Sunday to capture medalist honors in the Boys Division at the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior Classic Qualifier. Whitney Wolejko of Hatfield, Mass., shot 79 to qualify in the Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior Classic Qualifier provided 91 boys and 12 girls the opportunity to play their way into the three-round championship event, which will be held Tuesday through Thursday at the Golf Club of Avon.

The three boys medalists have several things in common. They are all 16 years old, they have limited AJGA experience and their golf games are peaking at the right time.

"Recently I've been playing the best golf of my life," Wallace said. "At the start of the summer I was playing horribly, but then I took three weeks off, saw a coach and since then everything's been great."

Wallace didn't feel nervous as he attempted to qualify for his first full AJGA event, but he did make a conscious effort at being patient with his golf. He also kept himself hydrated on a warm and humid day by drinking 21 bottles of water.

"I got off to a good start with birdies on my first two holes," Wallace said. "From there I kind of had to hang on a bit, but it was a fun day out there."

Hanlon's play is also on an upward swing, as he experienced an AJGA event for the first time.

"I wasn't nervous out there at all," Hanlon said. "I was just trying to go out there and have some fun, but I played well so I'm really happy."

Marino felt his game was solid as he progressed through his round, but he realizes he needs to improve his play to be in contention this week.

"I've got to work on my long irons," Marino said. "I didn't hit them very well today. Other than that I'm pleased with how I'm hitting the ball right now."

Also qualifying were Chris Flatley of Darien, Conn.; Kyle Bilodeau of Manchester, Conn.; Jonathan Edwards of Bay Shore, N.Y.; Curtis Centracchio of Westfield, Mass.; Tyler Priest of Newark, Ohio; Chris Haggerty of Queensbury, N.Y.; Jeff Black of Andover, Mass.; and Will Strickler of Charlottesville, Va.

In the Girls Division, Wolejko admittedly had an unspectacular round, but she battled through a double and triple bogey to claim the lone girls spot.

"I was upset coming in because I finished with a triple bogey on No. 17," Wolejko said. "I really didn't do anything spectacular out there. It was a solid day overall, though."

The 16-year-old Wolejko feels confident that she can compete and be in contention as the tournament kicks off on Tuesday.

"I feel pretty confident heading into the tournament, because I've played with a lot of the girls in the field," Wolejko said. "I think it'll be a pretty fair shot for me to do well this week."

The AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior Classic will feature 78 boys and 21 girls representing 22 states, Canada and Zimbabwe.

First-round action will begin Tuesday, August 20, with tee times running between 7:30 a.m. - 12:27 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at the Golf Club of Avon.

For more information on the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (860) 673-3216.

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AVON, Conn. - Final results from the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior Classic Qualifier conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Blue Fox Run Golf Club. Par: Boys: 36-35-71 Girls: 36-35-71. Yardage: Boys: 6,712 Girls: 6,016.

BOYS DIVISION

QUALIFIED
Matt Hanlon, Hingham, Mass. 35-36-71
Scott Marino, Fairfax, Va. 35-36-71
Jeff Wallace, Franklin, Mass. 36-35-71
Chris Flatley, Darien, Conn. 35-37-72
Kyle Bilodeau, Manchester, Conn. 34-38-72
Jonathan Edwards, Bay Shore, N.Y. 35-37-72
Curtis Centracchio, Westfield, Mass. 37-36-73
Tyler Priest, Newark, Ohio 36-38-74
Chris Haggerty, Queensbury, N.Y. 35-39-74
Jeff Black, Andover, Mass. 37-37-74
Will Strickler, Charlottesville, Va. 37-38-75

FAILED TO QUALIFY
Ricky Hayes, Ridgefield, Conn. 35-40-75
Frankie Coulom, Tolland, Conn. 37-38-75
Pete Alminas, East Longmeadow, Mass. 38-37-75
Drew Nelson, Simsbury, Conn. 39-36-75
Edward Czajkowski, Burlington, Conn. 39-37-76
J.F. Sorbella, Port Chester, N.Y. 38-38-76
Mark Phillips, West Springfield, Mass. 39-37-76
Matthew Linde, Chappaqua, N.Y. 36-40-76
Nick Fallon, Milford, N.H. 37-39-76
Tyler Smith, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 37-39-76
Jarryd Wood, Wantagh, N.Y. 37-39-76
Cory Burns, Southport, Conn. 34-43-77
Johnny Schiano, Holbrook, N.Y. 37-40-77
Keith Richardson, Acton, Mass. 37-40-77
Clayton Lord, Fairfield, Conn. 38-39-77
Matt Demaro, Newburgh, N.Y. 37-41-78
Rocky Manning II, Summerfield, N.C. 37-41-78
Michael O'Brien, Scituate, Mass. 36-42-78
Marc Jemilo, Blandford, Mass. 40-38-78
Ryan Dandeneau, Thompson, Conn. 38-40-78
Logan Terry, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 37-41-78
Brian Sandler, West Simsbury, Conn. 41-37-78
Ryan Barnett, Syosset, N.Y. 36-43-79
Jake Hirschfeld, Huntington, N.Y. 39-40-79
Josh Cumming, Wilton, Conn. 41-38-79
J.D. Yearwood, Wellesley, Mass. 38-42-80
Evan Hahn, Sharon, Mass. 37-43-80
Cody Paladino, Kensington, Conn. 40-40-80
Jeffrey Hill, East Bridgewater, Mass. 38-42-80
Rahul Sriram, Amersfoot, The Netherlands 38-42-80
Tim Hagan, Cazenovia, N.Y. 40-40-80
Tyler Kett, Harwich, Mass. 41-39-80
Timothy Holden, Westwood, Mass. 39-41-80
Dan Chamberlain, S Dennis, Mass. 41-39-80
Craig Centracchio, Westfield, Mass. 38-43-81
Kyle Morris, Waterbury, Conn. 40-41-81
Brian Kelly, Darien, Conn. 38-43-81
Kyle Parsons, Wethersfield, Conn. 43-38-81
Charles Bellmare, Bedford, N.Y. 39-42-81
Philip Holden, Westwood, Mass. 44-37-81
Reid Booth, Harwich, Mass. 42-39-81
Timothy Rech, White Plains, N.Y. 38-43-81
Aanand Radia, Dracut, Mass. 42-39-81
John Murphy, Wilton, Conn. 39-43-82
Matthew Loftus, Ridgefield, Conn. 37-45-82
Dan Gruneberg, Mahopac, N.Y. 41-41-82
Daniel Ciaburri, Millbrook, N.Y. 39-43-82
Dan Gross, Hanson, Mass. 41-41-82
Matt Connolly, West Springfield, Mass. 41-41-82
Michael Lanci, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 42-41-83
Frank Alafoginis, Potomac, Md. 41-42-83
Patrick Ryan, Troy, N.Y. 43-40-83
Tim Johnson, Marblehead, Mass. 38-45-83
Eric Magnano, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 41-42-83
Alex Whelan, Milford, Conn. 41-42-83
Jason Seymour, La Crosse, Wis. 41-42-83
Nicholas Ciccarelli, Commack, N.Y. 44-40-84
Ryan Minnehan, Rochester, N.Y. 42-42-84
Brian Clark, Trumbull, Conn. 43-41-84
Nathan Minnehan, Rochester, N.Y. 41-45-86
David Sienko, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 42-45-87
Jayson Teagle, Queensbury, N.Y. 42-46-88
Patrick Mason, Queensbury, N.Y. 42-46-88
John Shicko, Longmeadow, Mass. 43-45-88
Eugene Donnelly, Brewster, N.Y. 44-45-89
Michael Broderick, Harwich, Mass. 44-46-90
Devin Hartley, Waterbury, Conn. 46-44-90
Jared Carusillo, Woodbury, Conn. 39-52-91
Jason Zilewicz, Longmeadow, Mass. 47-44-91
Carlos Lu, Greenwich, Conn. 42-52-94
Jonathan Viner, Avon, Conn. 45-49-94
John Watkins, Darien, Conn. 40-55-95
Townsend Hall, Manchester, Mass. DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Luke Kim, Ridgewood, N.J. DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Gregory Werntz, Falls Village, Conn. DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Samuel Hall, Manchester, Mass. DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Douglas Taylor, Wyalusing, Pa. DQ (Rule 6-3a)

GIRLS DIVISION

QUALIFIED
Whitney Wolejko, Hatfield, Mass. 37-42-79
FAILED TO QUALIFY
Courtney Tincher, Greenwich, Conn. 39-42-81
Chelsea Chiapella, Memphis, Tenn. 40-41-81
Lala Anai, Lexington, Mass. 41-42-83
Jacqueline Gallagher, Annandale, Va. 39-44-83
Elizabeth McCabe, Wellesley, Mass. 46-42-88
Becky Mangone, Windham, N.H. 42-51-93
Kathryn Widman, Ambler, Pa. 47-47-94
Caitlin Sullivan, Medfield, Mass. 49-46-95
Morgan Stepanek, Guilford, Conn. 49-47-96
Erika Bruno, Lincoln, R.I. 54-48-102

 

 
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