KIM LEADS PACK WITH 67 IN AJGA HARGRAY JUNIOR CLASSIC
Trio in Girls Division locked in tie at 72
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Gin Kim of Wesley Chapel,
Fla., carded a 5-under-par 67 in the first round of the AJGA
Hargray Junior Classic to take the early advantage in the
Boys Division. In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., Candace Schepperle
of Hoover, Ala., and Laura Crawford of Lancaster, S.C., are
knotted at even-par 72 in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run, features 84 players, 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 13 to 18, from 17 states and Chile, including nine from South Carolina. The tournament field also includes 12 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans, including defending Boys Division champion Ryan Hillstrom of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Kim, playing in his third AJGA event this year, eagled the par-5 No. 15 to aid his score and hold his two-stroke edge over five players tied at 69.
"I wanted to knock the ball on the green (from the fairway) and two-putt," said the 16-year-old about his strategy for the eagle. "When I put it close, I felt relieved."
Kim's plan for the second round is to remain mistake free and keep the ball in the fairways.
The collection tied at 3-under-par 69 includes Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C., James Dickey of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Josh Moore of McLean, Va., Zach Seifert of Simpsonville, S.C., and Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla.
In the Girls Division, Park, Schepperle and Crawford each carded 72, but took different routes to their scores. Park, winner of the 2003 AJGA Dunlop Carolina Junior Championship in Greenville, S.C., shot 3-under-par 33 on her back nine, recovering from a 3-over-par 39 on her front nine.
"I felt out of control today," said the 14-year-old Park. "I want to play it safe tomorrow and make more short putts."
Park is the reigning Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year.
Schepperle qualified on Monday with a 7-over-par 79 to reach the Girls Division field. She felt she had an advantage with her extra time on the course.
"Including this round, I have played three rounds on this course," said the 14-year-old Schepperle. "I know I can't win on the first day but I would like to play as well as I can."
Crawford just wanted to play a solid round for her first day.
"My main focus was par," said the 17-year-old. "I hit my irons solid and I was hitting the greens."
Second round tee times will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run. For more information on the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (843) 681-8160.