Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
June 25-28, 2002

Tyler, Hetzel share Girls Division lead at Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Tripp Reynolds of Shelby, N.C., carded a 2-under-par 70 Wednesday to capture the lead after first-round play at the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic, held this week at the par-72 Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run. Two Polo Golf Junior All-Americans, Lisa Tyler from Lighthouse Point, Fla., and Mallory Hetzel from Summerville, S.C., fired 1-over-par 73 for the low score and a tie for the lead in the Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Hargray Junior Classic features 84 players, including boys and girls representing 17 states. Seventeen players hail from South Carolina.

Reynolds, who will play golf next year for the University of North Carolina, started strong with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole. The highlight of his round came on the par-5, 510-yard 15th when Reynolds made a 15-foot birdie putt to move to 2-under. Reynolds also recorded a birdie on No. 5 en route to a round of 35-35-70.

"I just tried to play smart, strategic golf," said Reynolds, who hit 15 greens and 15 fairways. "I feel really comfortable with the greens, and I feel good about my putting."

Reynolds maintains a one-stoke advantage over Ryan Hillstrom (35-36-71) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who started with birdies on the first two holes of his back nine. Four players finished the day in a tie for third at even-par 72, including Jake Creel of Dothan, Ala., John Ebert of Charlotte, N.C., Joowon Ko of Temple Terrace, Fla., and Zack Siefert of Simpsonville, S.C.

In the Girls Division, Tyler, who will play golf next year at the University of Georgia, finished the day with two birdies, on Nos. 1 and 17, despite suffering from a sore back. This is only the second tournament Tyler has played in since injuring her back in November.

"I bunted it around the course and managed not to make any big mistakes," Tyler said. "Tomorrow, I need to stay consistent and keep the ball in play. Right now it's just a matter of making it through."

Hetzel, who won the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman three weeks ago, made eight straight pars on the back nine before sinking her only birdie of the round on No. 18. Hetzel finished the round with a 38-35-73.

"I'm happy with my score," the 15-year-old said. "My main goal was to keep the ball in play and to stay patient on the greens, which I did."

Whitney Simons of Aiken, S.C., and Jennifer Cassidy of Dalton, Ga., are one-stroke behind the leaders in a tie for fourth place. Simons carded a 37-37-74, and Cassidy posted a 36-38-74.

Second-round tee times will begin Thursday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m. off of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run.

For more information on the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (843) 681-8160.


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