AJGA ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF TRAIL JUNIOR
Magnolia Grove Golf Club, Falls and Crossings Courses
August 29-September 2, 2002
ANDERSON BUILDS MOMENTUM WITH 5-UNDER-PAR
Creamer leads Girls Division by one after opening round
MOBILE, Ala. - Chris Anderson of Lake Mary, Fla.,
finally put together the round he was looking for all summer
and he could not have picked a better time to do so. He notched
seven birdies on the day as he opened up a two-stroke lead
after the opening round at the AJGA Robert Trent Jones Golf
Trail Junior Classic. In the Girls Division, Paula Creamer
of Pleasanton, Calif., began her final push for a spot on
the Polo Golf Junior All-America Team with a 1-over-par 73
to lead the field by one.
The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, features 165 players representing 24 states,
Singapore and Mexico. Fifteen participants call Alabama home.
The event is being held at the par-72 Magnolia Grove Golf
Club, Falls and Crossings Courses. Past champions include
PGA TOUR players Ty Tryon (2000) and David Gossett (1994)
and LPGA tour player Beth Bauer (1995 and 1996).
Anderson (34-33-67), frustrated this summer with inconsistent
play, put together a solid round in front of a stellar field
to claim the first-round lead.
"I had a couple of good rounds this summer, but overall
did not play as well as I would have liked to," Anderson
said. "It feels really good to finish a round. I got
in trouble with a bogey on No. 16 but birdied No. 17 to save
His seven birdies enabled him to score, but it was Anderson's
ability to save par that helped him walk away with the opening-round
"The saves I made were huge," Anderson said, who
tied the tournament course record. "I have to keep playing
my game over the weekend and hopefully on Monday I will be
holding the trophy."
After bogeying the first hole, Anderson rallied with six birdies
on his next 13 holes as he moved a step closer to claiming
his first career AJGA title. He credited a steady putter as
a main reason for his early success. The 16-year-old needed
only 27 putts and said once he got the line he was locked
"I felt like every putt I hit was going to go right in,"
Anderson said. "And if it didn't go in it barely missed."
Randy Lowry of Spring, Texas, who played with Anderson, sits
alone in second place with a 69. Deadlocked in third at 1-under-par
71 are Will Osborne of Wichita Falls, Texas, Cornelius Carroll
of St. Simons, Ga., Robert Gates, Jr., of Gainesville, Fla.,
Garrett Runion of Windermere, Fla., and Daniel McGurk of The
In the Girls Division, Creamer is in a familiar spot at the
top of the leaderboard as she has claimed six career AJGA
titles, including three this year. The 16-year-old recently
finished sixth in the British Junior Open where she competed
against both boys and girls.
Creamer (38-35-73) takes a one-stroke lead into the second
round as 15 players are within five strokes. She knows she
will need two more consistent rounds to keep herself in contention
for her fourth AJGA crown this year.
"This field is very strong and anything can happen tomorrow,"
Creamer said. "I just have to play the course and not
worry about anything else."
Playing the course could prove to be a stiff test as the tournament
progresses as zero of the sixty girls in the field scored
par or better. Creamer looks to change all of that tomorrow
by taking part of the course out of play.
"These greens are so big that you have to hit it to the
correct half to have a good putt," Creamer said. "There
is never a straight putt because these greens are always breaking."
One-stroke behind Creamer is Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla.,
Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Ashley Knoll
of The Woodlands, Texas after carding a first-round of 2-over-par
Second-round action in the Boys Division runs from 7 a.m.-12:06
p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 off the No. 1 tee at the Magnolia Grove
Golf Club, Falls Course. Girls Division play runs from 7-8:30
a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 off the No. 1 and 10 tees at the Magnolia
Grove Golf Club, Crossings Course.
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Junior Classic please contact our tournament headquarters