AJGA GREATER HARTFORD JAYCEES JUNIOR CLASSIC
Golf Club of Avon
August 19-22, 2002
CURRAN CATCHES FIRE TO LEAD BY ONE AT GREATER
HARTFORD JAYCEES JUNIOR Grzebien leads Girls Division by 11 shots
AVON, Conn. -- Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., shot
3-under-par 68 Wednesday to seize the second-round lead in
the Boys Division of the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior
Classic. Anna Grzebien of Narragansett, R.I., distanced herself
from the field with a 2-over-par 73 to take an 11-shot lead
in the Girls Division.
The 99-player event, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, features 78 boys and 21 girls from 22 states,
as well as Canada and Zimbabwe, in a 54-hole stroke play competition
held at the Golf Club of Avon.
After a solid first round, Curran's consistency in hitting
greens along with a bevy of two-putts, aided in his second-round
"Yesterday I got off to a bad start," Curran said.
" I missed my first seven greens and I really struggled.
But today I got off to a good start. I was 1-under through
seven and I didn't have a bogey, so it was a major improvement."
The 15-year-old Curran (72-68-140) realizes what his strong
points are and he is continually trying to take advantage
of his strengths on the golf course.
"My short game's pretty good right now," Curran
said. "I've just been trying to hit greens and make my
After winning his first AJGA title at the AJGA Kroger Junior
Invitational two weeks ago, Curran's confidence remains high
and he is focused on winning.
"That's definitely on my mind," Curran said. "I
don't want to get into a match play situation with another
player, but I play much better when I know what I need to
First-round leader Greg Koch of Orlando, Fla., sits in second
place and trails Curran by one shot at 69-72-141. Gregory
Huxman of Pinecrest, Fla., is in third place at 70-73-143.
Curtis Centracchio of Westfield, Mass., and Kyle Bilodeau
of Manchester, Conn., are in a tie for fourth at 144.
In the Girls Division, the 17-year-old Grzebien started the
day slowly as she was 2-over-par after three holes, but she
made that up by the turn in improving to even par. She struggled
on Nos. 9, 10 and 11 with a bogey, par and double bogey, but
she weathered the adversity.
"I didn't play as well as yesterday," Grzebien said.
"I didn't do anything spectacular, but I didn't do anything
horrible either. Today I made some stupid mistakes and took
shots I shouldn't have hit."
Despite her less-than-perfect play, Grzebien, a second-team
Polo Golf Junior All-American, enjoys a commanding 11-shot
advantage over her closest pursuer.
"I try not to think about winning," Grzebien said.
"The most important thing tomorrow is going to be playing
Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., is in second place at 73-81-154,
and Juli Wightman of Chicopee, Mass., is in third place at
The AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior Classic concludes
Thursday, with the final-round tee times running between 7:30
a.m. and 12:09 p.m. off the first tee at the Golf Club of
For more information about the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees
Junior Classic, please contact AJGA headquarters at (860)
673-3216, ext. 231.
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