AJGA SHELL WORLD GOLF VILLAGE
Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village
St. Augustine, Florida
July 8-11, 2002
SURI FIRES ROUND OF 69 TO
GARNER FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT SHELL
Four players tied for top spot in Girls Division
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.
- Tommy Suri of Miami, Fla., fired a 3-under-par 69 Tuesday
to take hold of the lead at the AJGA Shell World Golf Village
Junior Championship, held this week at the par-72 Slammer
& Squire at World Golf Village. In the Girls Division,
four players carded rounds of 2-over-par 74 to tie for the
The Shell World Golf Village Junior Championship, conducted
by the American Junior Golf Association, features 84 players
with boys and girls representing 15 states. Fifty participants
hail from the state of Florida.
Suri, a 17-year-old senior-to-be, bagged six birdies and three
bogeys on the day en route to a round of 35-34-69. A 25-foot
putt for birdie on the par-4, 311-yard 14th was one in a string
of back-and-forth birdies and bogeys on Suri's first nine
"This is not my usual type of game," Suri said.
"I'm usually more solid with pars. I hadn't been making
many putts before today, though, so I'm happy that those are
starting to fall.
"This is the type of course where you need to play well
on three holes - Nos. 5, 17 and 18. I'm feeling very comfortable
with this course right now, and I'm looking forward to playing
here the next couple of days."
Doug Morse-Schindler of Largo, Fla., carded a 2-under-par
70 on the day to take sole possession of second place. Cornelius
Carroll of St. Simons, Ga., Steven Crolic of Jacksonville,
Fla., Reed Darsie of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Beau Glover of
Sherwood, Ark., fired the only other sub-par rounds of the
day and sit in a tie for third place at 71.
In the Girls Division, Nicole Hage of Coral Springs, Fla.,
Ali Kicklighter of Deland, Fla., Ashley Medders of Alma, Ga.,
and Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., are tied for the lead heading
into the second round of play.
Hage, who just returned from playing in the U.S. Women's Open
last week, stuck her tee shot to within 6-foot and made the
putt for birdie on the par-3, 148-yard 13th to card one of
her three birdies on the day en route to a round of 37-37-74.
"I hit the ball well today, but I had a couple of stupid
mistakes, too," the 16-year-old said. "I didn't
play enough wind on a couple of holes. We still have 36 holes
left to play, though. That's a lot of golf where anything
Wade, 16, struggled on the back but carded three birdies on
the rest of her round to finish at 35-39-74. Kicklighter,
who has signed a letter of intent with the University of Kentucky
and is playing in her last AJGA event, ended her round at
37-37-74. Medders, 16, also played solid on the day, shooting
a round of 36-38-74.
Rounding out the top five in the Girls Division is Gretchen
Zoeller of Floyds Knobs, Ind., who sits one shot behind the
leaders at 75.
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
July 10 off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Slammer & Squire
at World Golf Village.
For more information on the AJGA Shell World Golf Village
Junior Championship, contact tournament headquarters at (904)
940-8000, ext. 8567.