AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS ROME JUNIOR CLASSIC
Coosa Country Club
Rome, Ga.
May 28-31, 2002

KIRK LEADS THE PACK IN ROME WITH A 7-UNDER-PAR 65
Lincicome holds one-shot margin in Girls Division

ROME, Ga. - Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga., scorched the back nine of the par-72 Coosa Country Club with five birdies as he fired a 7-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead of the seventh annual AJGA Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole tournament features 99 players with boys and girls representing 16 states and the Philippines, including 34 from Georgia. This is the first of three AJGA tournaments that Henry-Griffitts will sponsor in the
2002 season.

Kirk, 17, got off to a great start, making birdie on three of his first four holes and making only one bogey during his round. After a 34 on the front side, Moore continued to dominate on the back nine as he birdied five of his first seven holes.

"I felt really good today," Kirk said. "I made a lot of putts. My longest was 18 feet, but I made several from 10 feet. I feel really confident right now with my lead. I have never won an AJGA tournament before, but I have finished second. I think it's my turn to win one."

Kirk has a two-shot lead over Scot Ploucha of Johnson City, Tenn., who fired a 5-under 67, and a three-shot lead over Mark Poulsen of Lake Mary, Fla. Poulsen carded six straight birdies during his round en route to a 4-under-par 68. Ryan Holler of Morehead City, N.C., shot a 69 and is in fourth while five others are tied for fifth, including Will Dottley, who finished second last year. The top local finisher was Rome native David Hoyt, who is tied for 13th after shooting even-par.

In the Girls Division, 16-year-old Polo Golf Junior All-American Brittany Lincicome fired a 4-under-par 33-35--68, to take the first-round lead. Lincicome, who hails from Pinellas Park, Fla., had a bogey-free round, making birdie on three holes on the front and one on the back.

"I played very consistently today," Lincicome said. "I didn't make any bogeys and I hit my driver well. My driver is my strong point; if I am hitting it straight, everything else just seems to come together."

Julie Bartholomew of Marietta, Ga., is in second place after making five birdies to shoot 69. Polo Golf Junior All-American Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla., who is looking for her fourth national title, shot a 1-under 71 and is tied with Columbia, S.C., native Erica Battle.

Second-round tee times will begin Thursday at 7:30 a.m. on the No. 1 tee at Coosa Country Club.

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

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