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Veenker Memorial Golf Course
Ames, Iowa
June 2-5, 2003

Leclair and Smith lead Girls Division

AMES, Iowa - After shooting 3-under-par 69s, Mu Hu of Bradenton, Fla., and Mark Jones of Odessa, Texas, lead after the first round of the AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Ames. Bethany Leclair of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Megan Smith of Atlanta shot 83 to lead the Girls Division.

The Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Ames features 87 players with boys and girls, ages 13-15, representing 20 different states. The 54-hole event is being held on the par-72 Veenker Memorial Golf Course on the Iowa State University campus.

In the Boys Division, both Hu and Jones contributed their success to putting.

"My strength today was making my putts," said the 13-year-old Hu. "I only had 29 putts and got up-and-down 6 out of 7 times."
Jones believes his success began at the first hole.

"On the first hole I drove down the middle and put my approach on the green," explained Jones. "It really set the tone for the rest of my day."

Tied for third in the Boys Division with 1-under-par 71s were Adam Long of St. Charles, Mo., and Brent Potts of Broken Arrow, Okla. Christopher Ward of McKinney, Texas, and Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., followed close behind shooting even-par 72s.

In the Girls Division, Leclair and Smith emerged atop the leaderboard after round one. Shannon Fish of Spring, Texas, and Emily Johnson of Warsaw, Ind., finished day one tied for third place two shots back of the leaders.

Smith, one of the leaders, gained her momentum on the back nine.

"I played much better on the back side," said Smith. "I made lots of up-and-downs, struck the ball better and gained more confidence."

Second-round tee times will begin Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Veenker Memorial Golf Course.

The winners from this week's event will receive two tournament exemptions into AJGA Open events and an invitation to the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship in Portland, Ore. A top-eight finish for the boys and a top-three finish for the girls in any Nike Junior All-Star Classic Series event will receive an invitation to the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship.

For more information on the AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Ames, contact the AJGA at Veenker Memorial Golf Course at (515) 294-6727.