AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS ROME
Coosa Country Club
May 28-31, 2002
KIRK, LINCICOME TAKE ONE-SHOT
LEADS INTO FINAL ROUND
ROME, Ga. - Chris Kirk of Woodstock,
Ga., and Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas Park, Fla., maintained
their leads in Thursday's second round of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts
Rome Junior Classic at Coosa Country Club.
The Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic, conducted by the
American Junior Golf Association, features 98 boys and girls
from 16 states and the Philippines, including 34 players from
the state of Georgia. The 54-hole competition is the first
of three AJGA tournaments that Henry-Griffitts will sponsor
in the 2002 season.
Kirk, a 17-year-old senior-to-be, began his round with birdies
on three of the first four holes to push his tournament total
to 10-under-par. A series of bogeys on the back side, however,
brought him back to the field.
"I started off good, but ended up bad. I had three-putts
on 10 and 18 and hit it all over the place on 11," Kirk
said. "Everything I made on the green yesterday either
lipped out or burned the edge today."
In his three previous AJGA tournaments, Kirk narrowly missed
victory, recording two runner-up finishes at the 2001 Shell
World Golf Village Junior Championship and the 2002 TayorMade-adidas
Golf Junior at Chateau Elan.
With a two-day total of 65-72-137, Kirk will have to fend
off Warren Thomas III, of Columbia, S.C., and Will Dottley
of Greenville, Miss., who are one stroke behind at 6-under-par
138. Thomas fired eight birdies on the day, while Dottley
recorded an eagle on No. 13.
David Hoyt of Rome, Ga., is the local leader after two days
of play. Hoyt carded a two-day total of 150 and is tied for
In the Girls Division, Lincicome, a 16-year-old Polo Golf
Junior All-American, finished the day at 1-over-par 73, despite
hitting only five greens in regulation.
"Today was exhausting," Lincicome said. "My
putting was awesome and my driver was awesome, but I couldn't
hit any greens."
Clinging to a one-shot lead, Lincicome (68-73-141) is looking
for her third AJGA tournament victory, but following right
on her tail are Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla. (71-71-142) and
Erica Battle of Columbia, S.C. (71-72-143).
Final-round play will begin at 7:30 Friday morning 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).