AJGA GREATER HARTFORD JAYCEES JUNIOR CLASSIC
Golf Club of Avon
August 19-22, 2002
CURRAN, GRZEBIEN CLAIM TROPHIES AT GREATER
HARTFORD JAYCEES JUNIOR
Curran earns second title of summer; Grzebien wins Girls
Division by 15 shots
AVON, Conn. - With three rounds of consistent play, Jon Curran
of Hopkinton, Mass., and Anna Grzebien of Narragansett, R.I.,
secured the titles Thursday at the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees
The 99-player event, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, featured 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.
Entering the final round with a one-shot lead, the 15-year-old
Curran called upon his experience from two weeks ago when
he won the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational.
"That helped me stay confident today," Curran said.
"I was pretty calm, but I was nervous over the last putt."
With two AJGA wins in three weeks, Curran credited his putting
for his recent outstanding play.
"I switched putters at Kroger," he said. "I
was making a ton of putts this week."
Curran finished at 1-under-par with rounds of 72-68-72-212.
His consistency helped him earn a three-shot victory over
Greg Koch of Orlando, Fla., who shot rounds of 69-72-74-215.
Conner Doherty of Woodstock, Vt., shot 4-over-par 217 to claim
third place, while Scott Marino of Fairfax, Va., took fourth
with a 5-over-par 218. Andrew Carr of Pensacola, Fla., and
Gregory Huxman of Pinecrest, Fla., tied for fifth place at
Grzebien, 17, was a runaway victor in the Girls Division
as she picked up her third career AJGA title. With rounds
of 70-73-73-216, Grzebien finished at 3-over-par to earn a
15-stroke victory. After taking an 11-shot lead into the final
round, her lead was never threatened.
"I was just trying to play like I did the first two
days," Grzebien said. "There wasn't as much pressure
as the second day when it was still close. But I still wanted
to post a good number."
The key to Grzebien's week was "hitting fairways and
greens," she said. "Getting off to a good start
was helpful, too."
Last year, Grzebien won two AJGA titles en route to second-team
Polo Golf Junior All-American honors. As one of the top players
on the country, Grzebien plans to join the Duke University
golf team in 2003.
Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., finished in second place
at 73-81-77-231, while Juli Wightman of Chicopee, Mass., took
third place at 79-76-78-233.
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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