Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village
St. Augustine, Florida
July 8-11, 2002

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 lead.

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 holes.

"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 can happen."

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.


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