Glynn's Creek Golf Course
Long Grove, Iowa
August 13-16, 2002

Reed tops Girls Division at John Deere Classic Junior Championship

LONG GROVE, Iowa - Patrick Hall of Owatonna, Minn., stormed into first place at the AJGA John Deere Classic Junior Championship, firing a bogey-free round of 6-under-par 66 Wednesday. Christie Reed of Coral Springs, Fla., carded an even-par 72 for the low score in the Girls Division.

The John Deere Classic Junior Championship, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the par-72 Glynn's Creek Golf Course, features 99 players representing 19 states and Canada, with the majority of competitors hailing from Illinois.

Hall's stellar play began on the par-4, 425-yard fourth when he sunk a 35-foot downhill putt for his first birdie of the day. The streak continued as Hall carded birdies on the next two holes. However, the turning point in his round came on the par-5, 499-yard ninth when he knocked in a 12-foot eagle putt to move to 5-under-par for the front side. A birdie on No. 15 completed the 18-year-old's first bogey-free round.

"It was icing on the cake," said Hall about his eagle putt on No. 9. "I just tried to put it close, and it rolled right into the heart. Going from 3-under to 5-under is a big jump, and from there I just tried to hold on.

"Today was just one of those days where you stand over your ball and know where it's going to go. I know there are 36 holes left, but this is a good start."

Hall maintains a three-stroke advantage over Mark Conlon (33-36-69) of Arlington, Texas, Tarik Can (33-36-69) of Douglaston, N.Y., and Tyler Peglow (35-34-69) of Marshalltown, Iowa. Rounding out the top five at 2-under-par 70 are Brady Schnell of Omaha, Neb., and Michael Schachner of Libertyville, Ill.

In the Girls Division, Reed, who won the Pete & Alice Dye AJGA Classic in July, struggled at the start with a bogey on No. 1 and a double bogey on No. 4. The highlight of her front nine 38 was a birdie on the par-3, 151-yard eighth. However, Reed stormed back after making the turn, carding birdies on Nos. 15 and 17, the two back nine par-5s, and on No. 18.

"Those birdies kind of helped," said the 16-year-old about her trio of birdies on the back side. "I played so bad on the front that I had to play good on the back. I had some good breaks out there."

Taylor Leon of Dallas, Texas, is one stroke behind Reed in second place after carding a 35-38-73. In third place is Christi Athas, a native of Eldora, Iowa, who posted a 38-36-74.

Second-round tee times will begin Thursday, August 15, at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Glynn's Creek Golf Course.

For more information on the AJGA John Deere Classic Junior Championship, contact tournament headquarters at (563) 285-6635.


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