GOLF JUNIOR AT CHATEAU ELAN
Chateau Elan Resort, Chateau and Woodlands Courses
April 18-20, 2003
DOTTLEY TAKES LEAD AT CHATEAU ELAN WITH
2001 champion Lincicome heads tightly packed Girls Division
BRASELTON, Ga. -- Will Dottley of Madison, Miss.,
carded a 2-under-par 69 Saturday on the Chateau Course to
take the first-round lead at the AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Junior at Chateau Elan. In the Girls Division, 2001 champion
Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., recorded a 1-under-par
71 on the Woodlands Course to sit atop the leaderboard.
The 36-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association at Chateau Elan Resort, features 168 players
from 23 states and two foreign countries. Past champions of
the tournament, which is in its 10th year, include professional
standouts Beth Bauer, David Gossett and Charles Howell III.
Dottley emerged at the top of the strong boys' pack after
racing out of the gate with four birdies in his first six
holes. Pinpoint accurate approach shots were the key to Dottley's
3-under-par 33 on the front side.
"I didn't have many long putts because I was able to
knock it tight," said the 18-year-old Dottley, who is
set to attend the University of North Carolina in the fall
on a golf scholarship. "I hit my irons really well, and
it's important, because if you get on the wrong side of these
greens you're lucky to three-putt."
An impressive group of eight players are just one shot behind
Dottley at 1-under-par 70. The cluster includes Georgians
Roberto Castro (Alpharetta); Chris Kirk (Woodstock); Luke
List (Ringgold); and Ben Spickard (Roswell). Other players
in the large contingent one stroke back of Dottley are Ben
Leong of Bradenton, Fla; Martin Ureta of Santiago, Chile;
Michael Young of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Chris Wells of Mobile,
In the Girls Division, the 17-year-old Lincicome paces a girls'
field poised for an exciting Sunday finish. Twelve players
are within four shots of the lead, including 2002 Polo Golf
Junior Player of the Year In-Bee Park, who is just one shot
off the lead.
Lincicome started strong by draining a lengthy birdie putt
on the second hole, an intimidating 142-yard par 3 with a
long carry over water. The putt moved her into red numbers
and gave her an immediate confidence boost.
"It was at least 30-feet long, over a hill and breaking
left to right," Lincicome said of her birdie look on
the second hole. "Making birdies early in my round helps
me relax a little bit. This one gave me a lot of confidence."
After her early birdie, Lincicome strung together eight consecutive
pars before carding her second birdie of the day on the par-4
11th. Bogeys on two of the next four holes dropped her back
to even par, but a late birdie on the par-4 16th gave her
the lead and a place in Sunday's final pairing.
Knotted in a three-way tie for second at even-par 72 are Park,
of Eustis, Fla.; Kelly Robb of Concord, Mass.; and Nicole
Hage of Coral Springs, Fla. Rounding out the top five are
Chris Brady of Cary, N.C.; and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton,
Fla., at 1-over-par 73.
Final-round action at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at
Chateau Elan gets under way at 7 a.m. Sunday. Boys tee times
will end at 1 p.m. on the Chateau Course and girls tee times
will run until 9:06 on the Woodlands Course. For more information,
please contact AJGA Headquarters at (678) 425-6051.