AJGA CLUBCORP JUNIOR PLAYERS
The Homestead Resort, Lower Cascades Course
Hot Springs, Virginia
July 30 - August 1, 2002
JONES AND MATALAVAGE SHARE
LEAD AT THE HOMESTEAD
Cantwell takes Girls Division lead heading into final round
HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA - Jared Jones of Kenova, W.Va.,
fired a 4-under-par 68 and is tied for the lead at 142 with
Marc Matalavage of Mechanicsburg, Pa., who carded a 3-under-par
69 during the second round of the AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players
Championship. Holly Cantwell of Morristown, Tenn., pulled
ahead in the Girls Division after shooting a 1-over-par 73,
giving her a tournament total of 148.
The 54-hole tournament, 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.
Jones (74-68-142) began by making par on his first four holes
before making his first birdie on the par-4, 354-yard fifth.
Jones pared No. 6 and then eagled the par-5, 520-yard seventh.
Jones carded three-straight birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 14
and then pared out to finish with a 4-under-par 34-34-68 and
a tournament total of 2-under-par 142.
"I made some putts today," said the 17-year-old.
"I was leaving myself with 12 to 15 foot putts and I
started making them. I just need to keep with the same game
plan tomorrow and hopefully I can come through with a win."
Matalavage (73-69-142) started with two pars before making
a bogey on No. 3. On No. 7, Matalavage hit a 7-iron to within
five feet to make eagle. Matalavage finished the front nine
with an even-par 36. On the back, Matalavage pared his first
four holes and then bagged three consecutive birdies on Nos.
14, 15 and 16, where he chipped in from a bunker. Matalavage
chipped in on 18 to save par and finish with a 3-under-par
"I played solid and felt good about my round today,"
said Matavage, who will play golf for the University of North
Carolina at Wilmington this fall. "I couldn't get any
birdies on the front before No. 7, where I knew I could at
least make a bird. My turning point today was my first birdie
on No. 14 when I made a 30-foot putt. I am just going to go
out and have fun tomorrow and see what happens."
Robert Gates, Jr., of Gainesville, Fla., shot a 71 and is
in third with an even-par 144 for the tournament, while Greg
Carlin of Kensington, Md., is in fourth with a 145. Chad Horner
of Essexville, Mich., Bill McCrary of Houston, Texas, Chad
Fultz of Staunton, Va., and Philip Pettitt, Jr., of Murfreesboro,
Tenn., are all tied for fifth at 146.
In the Girls Division, Cantwell had a solid front nine with
eight pars and one birdie, which came on the par-5, 485-yard
seventh. On the back, Cantwell pared her first four holes
and then had a pair of bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15. Cantwell
bounced back and pared out to finish with a 1-over-par 73
and the tournament lead with a 148.
"My putting was really good today," said the 17-year-old.
"I made three long par putts between eight and ten feet.
I just played a solid round of golf. I am just going to try
to keep my nerves calm during the final round and play like
I have the past two days."
C.J. Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif. is in second place at 150
and Erica Battle of Columbia, S.C. shot a 2-over-par 74 and
is in third with a 151.
Charlie Waddell of Wilmette, Ill., made a hole-in-one using
an 8-iron on the par-3, 160-yard eighth.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday,
August 1, 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.