Bellefonte Country Club
Ashland, Kentucky
June 17-20, 2003

Wade, Robinson share lead in Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational

ASHLAND, Ky. - Cale Barr of Versailles, Ky., and Greg Blackwell of Miami, Fla., each carded 2-under-par 68 for a share of the first-round lead of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational at the Bellefonte Country Club. In the Girls Division on Wednesday, defending champion Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., and Lindsey Robinson of Huntington, W. Va., notched a 3-over-par 73 for first-round honors.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational features 120 players, 93 boys and 27 girls ages 13-18 from 21 states, including 32 from the state of Kentucky.

Barr, headed for the University of Kentucky in the fall, recovered from a front nine total of 4-over-par 39, to shoot a scorching 6-under-par 29 for his share of the lead.

"I felt like I was on a roll after the 13th hole," said the 18-year-old. "My two goals for this week were to win this event and to beat my little brother (Joseph)."

Fourteen-year-old Joseph, qualified for his first AJGA tournament on Monday and shot a 6-over-par 76 on Wednesday.
Blackwell, competing in his second career AJGA event, felt steady during his entire round despite the cancellation of Tuesday's practice round.

"I tried to keep my focus on the fairway," said the 17-year-old. "I felt steady off the first tee and I knew if I kept it in the fairway it would be to my benefit."

Wade, the 2002 champion, began her afternoon with nine straight pars, but bogeyed three holes on the back nine.

"I expected a lower score, even though we didn't have a practice round," said the 18-year-old. "The conditions were not as bad as I feared, and the ball stopped on the greens nicely."

The future Georgia Bulldog, qualified for the Women's U.S Open on Monday in Wheaton, Ill. She carded rounds of 75-70--145 to play at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore on July 3-6.

Robinson shot an even score for the front nine, including three birdies.

The 18-year-old said, "I stayed focused on the target and didn't worry about my mechanics. I trusted my swing and it worked for me today."

Second-round action of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational will begin on Thursday at 7 a.m. For more information on the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational, contact tournament headquarters at (606) 326-1741.

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