The Revere at Anthem, Lexington Course
Henderson, Nevada
July 15-18, 2002

Todd tops Girls Division

HENDERSON, Nev. - Matt Edwards of Henderson, Nev., and James Lee of Fullerton, Calif., are tied for first place at even-par after the first round of the AJGA Las Vegas Founders Junior. Lauren Todd of Phoenix leads the Girls Division, shooting a 3-over-par 75 to gain a three-stroke lead over the field.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole event is being held on the par-72 Lexington Course at The Revere at Anthem in Henderson. The 83-player field features players, ages 13-18, from 11 states, including 20 Las Vegas-area residents.

Edwards opened the day with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 1 and 2, and added another on No. 7 to finish the front nine at 1-under-par. Despite two bogeys on his final nine, a lucky bounce off a rock on his second shot set him up for one more birdie on the 534-yard, par-5 16th hole to go even-par 72.

"Today was up and down, but I just kept plugging away," Edwards said. "You have to be patient out there and I did that today."

Lee had a rough start, finishing the day with bogeys on Nos. 4, 8, 10 and 16. However, on his final nine, Lee composed himself and nailed birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 7 and 12 to save par for the round.

Edwards said he wants to concentrate on accuracy with approach shots during the second round.

"I'd like to hit a few more greens in regulation tomorrow," he said. "I only hit eight today and chipped and putted a lot. I'm not going to score well playing like that."

Denny Bae of Los Angeles, Michael McCaig of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Jeremy Keller of Las Vegas, Nev., are tied for third place at 1-over-par 73.

In the Girls Division, Todd struggled through her first nine holes of the round, scoring only one birdie on No. 12 and four bogeys to make the turn at 3-over-par. The 17-year-old, however, picked up the pace on the final nine, dropping a birdie on No. 1 and then draining a 25-foot putt for birdie on No. 3.

"Yesterday I thought [the course] wasn't that bad, but it did play difficult," she said. "I putted wonderfully though, and I hit every single fairway."

Todd said she wants to fine-tune her game in the second round by getting to the green and maintaining consistent putting.

"I wanted to hit a lot of greens today," she said. "My whole game sets up off hitting fairways and I was able to do that, but today I didn't hit any greens."

Erin Andrews of Las Vegas, Nev., trails Todd in second place with a 6-over-par 78. Henderson, Nev., native Christine Fernandez is in third with a 7-over-par 79.

Second round action continues Wednesday off the No. 1 and 10 tees of the Lexington Course at The Revere at Anthem.

For more information about the AJGA Las Vegas Founders Junior, please call tournament headquarters at (702) 617-5708, or visit the Association's Web site at

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