AJGA BANK OF MONTREAL FUTURE LINKS JUNIOR AT DUNCAN MEADOWS
Duncan Meadows Golf and Country Club
Duncan, British Columbia
August 19-22, 2002
CREAMER SETS PACE IN GIRLS DIVISION
Matthew Fladwood stands alone at 2-under-par in Boys Field
DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Paula Creamer of Pleasanton,
Calif., set the bar high for the rest of the Girls Division
by firing a 1-under-par 70 during the first round of the AJGA
Bank of Montreal Future Links Junior at Duncan Meadows. Matthew
Fladwood of Redmond, Ore., took the Boys Division lead with
an impressive 2-under-par 69.
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association in conjunction
with the Royal Canadian Golf Association, this week's tournament
field boasts some of the best juniors North America has to
offer. Eight states and four provinces are represented, including
20 British Columbia natives. This 54-hole event is being held
at the par-71 Duncan Meadows Golf and Country Club on Vancouver
Creamer finished her round by walking in a 10-foot putt she
thought she missed. Today, she said, everything was dropping,
evident by her putt on No. 18 and the fact she only carded
28 putts on her round. Her goal was no three putts, something
she accomplished on Duncan Meadows' large greens.
"On these greens, you really have to hit the right half
of the green," she said. "Otherwise, because they
are so big, two-putting becomes a lot more difficult."
Creamer's up-and-down round ended with five birdies and four
bogeys. This puts her three strokes ahead of Kelly Robb of
Concord, Mass., and 10 shots better than In-ah Park of Richmond,
British Columbia, Helen Jung of Maple Ridge, British Columbia,
and Kristen Svicarovich of Hillsoboro, Ore.
"We still have two days left," Creamer explained.
"As they go on, I'll continue to play more and more aggressive.
I'll just take what the course gives me and try my hardest.
That's all you can ask for."
The Boys Division struggled with the tight fairways and strategic
course management Duncan Meadows demands. Fladwood admitted
he didn't have any secret formula, just a few better breaks
than everyone else.
"I hit a lot of low punch shots to try and run the ball
up to the hole," he said of his seven-birdie round. "But
like everyone else, I hit a few bad shots that killed my momentum.
Otherwise, my score could have been much better."
| Along with his birdies, Fladwood carded two double-bogeys
and one bogey, bringing him back up to 69 for the day.
Wednesday's round will be the second time he's led going into
the second day of an AJGA event. Although he led last year's
PING Junior at Langdon Farms, he dropped from the lead and
was filled with disappointment.
"I've matured a lot since then," he said. "I
was literally shaking like crazy last year. Now I have the
experience to come to AJGA events and know what to expect."
Chasing Fladwood and rounding out the Boys top five is Seann
Harlington of Rancho Mirage, Calif., at 71, and Brian Ward
of Lodi, Calif., Jordan Mason of Delta, British Columbia,
David Stewart of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and Mitch Berg
of Gresham, Ore., all at 72.
Second-round tee times will begin off the No.1 and 10 tees
Wednesday, August 21 at 7 a.m.
For more information about the AJGA Bank of Montreal Future
Links Junior at Duncan Meadows, or any AJGA event, call Tournament
Headquarters at (250) 701-9043.