AJGA PRESEASON JUNIOR AT DIABLO GRANDE
Diablo Grande, Ranch Course
March 1-3, 2002
GRUBE LIGHTS UP RANCH COURSE WITH A 4-UNDER-PAR
Hirahatake sits one shot off the pace
PATTERSON, Calif. - Rob Grube of Hinsdale, Ill., fired
a 4-under-par 68 Saturday in the first round to sit atop the
leaderboard at the AJGA Preseason Junior at Diablo Grande.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, this event
features 85 junior golfers from 13 states. The two-day, 36-hole
tournament is being played on the par-72 Ranch Course at Diablo
Grande, one of Northern California's premier golf courses.
The Preseason Junior at Diablo Grande is one of eight events
in the AJGA Preseason/Postseason Series, a boys-only series,
designed to provide playing opportunities to juniors who have
not yet played in an AJGA tournament.
"I played solid, hit a lot of greens and did not do
anything stupid today," the 16-year-old Grube said. "I
made everything inside six feet and I did not have any long
putts. Tomorrow I need to hit more fairways because today
I hit a lot in the rough. Overall, I am very happy with my
Grube jumpstarted his round by making a seven-footer for
par on his first hole and had confidence for the rest of his
round. With nines of 34-34, he carded five birdies and one
bogey on the day.
"This course sets up well for my game," Grube continued.
"It involves basically hitting greens, which is my strong
One shot off the pace is Christopher Hirahatake of Tustin,
Calif., with a 3-under-par 69.
The 17-year-old carded a 32 on the back nine, which included
two birdies and an eagle.
"My driver was not too good today, but I kept it out
of trouble," Hirahatake said. "My up-and-downs were
essential. I left all my putts either five feet short or five
feet long. I could not judge the putts, but I made everything
Tied for third place at even-par 72 is Ryan Thornberry of
Ceres, Calif., and Kevin Chappell of Fresno, Calif. Danny
Buell of San Carlos, Calif., rounds out the top-five with
The top-15 finishers in the event will receive one automatic
entry into an AJGA Open event, while those who finish in the
top five will pick up two automatic entries. The medalist
will gain three automatic entries into AJGA Open events for
the 2002 season.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate
and professional golf. More than 140 former AJGA juniors currently
play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than
250 Tour victories. AJGA Alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger
Woods, Davis Love III, David Duval, Justin Leonard, Kim Furyk,
Kelly Robbins, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and
Final-round action will begin Sunday with tee times off the
No. 1 and 10 tees from 9:30 - 11:36 a.m.
For more information about the AJGA Preseason Junior at Diablo
Grande, or any other information about the AJGA, call tournament
headquarters at (209) 892-4653.