AJGA CLUBCORP JUNIOR PLAYERS
The Homestead Resort, Lower Cascades Course
Hot Springs, Virginia
July 30 - August 1, 2002
BARRON AND WALIZER SET PACE
Shonk leads Girls Division after first round
HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
- Chris Barron of Ashland City, Tenn., and Robby Walizer of
State College, Pa., carded rounds of 1-under-par 71 Tuesday
to tie for the lead after the first round of play at the AJGA
ClubCorp Junior Players Championship, held at The Homestead
Resort's par-72 Lower Cascades Course. Sally Shonk of Noblesville,
Ind., holds a two-stroke lead in the Girls Division with an
even-par round of 72.
The ClubCorp Junior Players Championship, conducted by the
American Junior Golf Association, features 120 boys and girls
from twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, with
twenty-one players hailing from Virginia.
Barron, a senior-to-be, bagged consecutive birdies on Nos.
9, 10 and 11 en route to a round of 37-34-71.
"I was actually a little disappointed with my score today
because I had ten birdies during yesterday's practice round,"
said Barron, who is playing in his third AJGA tournament.
"This course sets up well for me, it's a lot like the
ones I play back home."
"I was saving par well today," Barron said. "I
just need to keep playing consistently tomorrow and hopefully
I'll get a few more putts to fall."
Walizer, 17, had an up-and-down front nine, managing to finish
at even par with four birdies, four bogeys and then a par
on No. 9. One bogey and two more birdies on the back made
for a round of 36-35-71.
"I tried to play smart today by keeping my driver in
the bag. I was able to bounce back from the bogeys, which
gave me a lot of confidence," said Walizer. "I'm
going to go in with the same game plan tomorrow, which is
to just get on the green in regulation."
Timothy Moynihan of Murrysville, Pa., holds sole possession
of third place at even-par 72. Four other players, Marc Matalavage
of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Chad Fultz of Staunton, Va., Pat Patterson
of Sea Island, Ga., and Robert Gate, Jr., of Gainesville,
Fla., are tied in fourth with rounds of 1-over-par 73.
In the Girls Division, Shonk fired a round of 36-36-72, with
two bogeys and two birdies on the day. Shonk's tee shot on
the par-3, 107-yard No. 17 hit behind the hole and then rolled
to within a foot-and-a-half, which she made for birdie
"I had a solid round today," said the 17-year-old.
"There are a lot of challenging holes on this golf course,
but I was able to keep the ball in play."
Rachel Brittany Smith of Powell, Tenn., is in second place
after the first day of play with a round of 34-40-74. C.J.
Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Holly Cantwell of Morristown,
Tenn., are tied for third, three strokes behind the leader.
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
July 31, off of the No. 1 tee at The Homestead Resort's Lower
For more information on the AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship,
please contact tournament headquarters at (540) 839-7694,
or visit the Association's Web site at ajga.org.