The Club At Sonterra, South Course
San Antonio, Texas
June 18-21, 2002

Knoll consistent in round-two play of shootout

SAN ANTONIO - After being an inspiration to a fellow competitor and friend in the first round of play yesterday, Jeremy Alcorn of Brownwood, Texas took the lead and showed how consistent play pays off in the AJGA Texace San Antonio Shootout.

The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 120 players representing 12 states. Included in the field are 93 participants from Texas. The event is being held on the South Course at The Club At Sonterra.

Yesterday, Ryan Henry of Broken Arrow, Okla., ousted Alcorn for second place on the leaderboard, but said his tough competition helped push him to that level of play. While this is the first time Alcorn and Henry, both 17, have played together, it appears that pairing has been beneficial.

"It's an advantage that we got to know each other and have enjoyed playing with one another over the last two days," Alcorn (68-71--139) said. "It helps calm the nerves."

Alcorn's nerves were definitely calmed as he carded six birdies on Nos. 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and on 18 he sank a 20-foot putt for his final birdie of the day to secure a one shot lead. He added that the key to his success for the first two rounds has been keeping it in the fairway and staying out of trouble.

"I made some long putts that really saved me," Alcorn said.

Second on the leaderboard, Henry (67-73--140) said although he was disappointed with his play today, he hit the ball better than yesterday.

"I was leaving myself 10- to 12-foot putts while today they were to 20 to 25 feet," Henry said.
"It's tough to follow up a great round like yesterday, but I didn't shoot myself out of it and that's encouraging."

In the Girls Division, only one shot separates the top five girls. Sitting on top of the leaderboard is Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, who shot a second-round 73. Her two-day total of 147 helped her jump first-round leader, Ashley Rollins (71-77-148) of Austin, Texas, who is now in third.

During the first two rounds of play, Knoll played with defending champion Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas and Taylor Leon of Dallas, Texas, whom she said encouraged her top-notch play.

"It's always fun being in a good group because they push you to do better," Knoll said. "Today I also had a lot of good tee-shots. If you can get in a good position, holes are easy."

Just last week, Knoll (74-73--147) won the AJGA GolfWeek Chicago Junior and has two other AJGA championships to her resume.

Second on the leaderboard in the Girls Division, is Cindy Shin (39-38--77) of Coppell, Texas.
After five consecutive bogies on the back nine, Shin pulled herself up on No. 16 to pull out a 1-over-par 73 for the day.

"On 16 I used my pitching wedge on my second shot to tap in for birdie," Shin,17, said. "Tomorrow I want to just play very consistent and not be too greedy on myself."

After two rounds of intense competition, the final round of play is shaping up to be a good ol' fashion Texas shootout. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. off the No. 1 tee.

For more information regarding the Texace San Antonio Shootout or other AJGA events, please contact our tournament headquarters at (210) 414-4649.


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