Chateau Elan Resort, Chateau Course
Braselton, Ga.
May 26, 2002

Sixteen boys and girls to play at Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic

BRASELTON, Ga. - Taryn Durham did not waste any time establishing herself as a player to watch in the American Junior Golf Association

In her first AJGA event, the Glasgow, Ky., native shot a 4-over-par 75 to earn medalist honors for the Girls Division in the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic Qualifier, held Sunday at the Chateau Elan Resort. Matt King fired a 3-under-par 68 to take the top spot in the Boys Division.

Conducted by the AJGA, the Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic Qualifier allowed 16 juniors-12 boys and four girls-to earn a spot into the 54-hole championship, which begins Wednesday in Rome.

Hailing from Knoxville, Tenn., King medaled in only his second AJGA qualifier, earning a spot in his first AJGA tournament. In March, King attempted to qualify for the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan on the Chateau Course, but was stifled by the fast greens. This time, King prepared by practicing on the same type of greens in Knoxville.

"I was just hitting putts," King said. "Last time I was down here, I didn't make anything. But I got used to fast greens (in Knoxville), came down here, and it was nothing."

Also finishing under par were Trey Denton of Canton, Miss., who fired a 2-under-par 69, and Corey Easterling of Gastonia, N.C., who carded a 1-under-par 70. Other qualifiers include: Jason Fober of Columbus, Ga. (72); Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C. (73); Ben Schmidt of Germantown, Tenn. (73); Tom Bittner and Luke Morrison, both of Atlanta (74); Ryan Holler of Morehead City, N.C. (74); and Tripp Harris of Soddy Daisy, Utah (74).

Seven players competed in a sudden-death playoff to determine the final two spots in the Boys Division. Joey Nacarato of Franklin, Tenn., and William Wilcox of Pell City, Ala., qualified on the second hole.

Durham said it did not take anything spectacular to shoot the low score in the Girls Division. The 16-year-old birdied the par-5 third hole, her only birdie of the day, to jumpstart her winning round. Durham also carded 12 pars and five bogeys.

"It was pretty steady," Durham said. "I didn't have any bad holes. My short game is usually pretty good, and that's what I did well today."

Christine Yum of Bradenton, Fla., shot a 77 to take the second qualifying spot; Chelsea Chiapella of Memphis, Tenn., and Eleanor Tucker of Wilson, N.C., both shot 80 to round out the field.

The Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic will feature 99 players with boys and girls representing 15 states and the Philippines.

First-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, off the No. 1 tee at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga.

For more information on the Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (706) 234-2200 (ask for AJGA Headquarters).



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