ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Chateau Elan Resort, The Legends and Chateau Courses
July 6-11, 2003
URETA, SCHULTZ FIRE 68S
IN FIRST ROUND OF ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Dotson's strong round puts her at top of Girls Division
BRASELTON, Ga. -
Martin Ureta of Santiago, Chile, got hot down the stretch
and fired a 4-under-par 68 to card the low round at The Legends
in the first round of the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Despite recording a bogey on his first hole of the day, Kevin
Schultz of Richardson, Texas, recovered to shoot a 3-under-par
68, the top score on the Chateau Course.
In the Girls Division, Elizabeth Dotson of White Bluff, Tenn.,
recorded a 2-under-par 69 on the Chateau Course to take a
one-shot lead on the field.
The 72-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, features 169 juniors, including 51 Polo
Golf Junior All-Americans, ages 13-18, from 33 states and
four foreign countries. The event is being held at the Chateau
Elan Resort, The Legends and Chateau Courses. Play will take
place on The Legends and Chateau Courses during the first
two rounds, and the final two rounds will be contested at
the Legends Course after a 36-hole cut.
The AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions is the longest-running
event on the AJGA schedule, now going into its 26th year.
Past champions of the event include David Duval, Charles Howell
III, Phil Mickelson, Beth Bauer and Grace Park.
Ureta flirted with a score of 29 on the front nine, his second
nine, of The Legends. Needing to par his two remaining holes,
he bogeyed No. 8 and made par on No. 9. Ureta finished with
a 5-under-par 31 on his second nine.
"I hit a real poor shot, a flop-shot on No. 16, and said,
'That was it. Get back to your routine and keep it going,'"
Ureta said. "And I turned it around."
After a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine, Ureta said he refocused,
hit an excellent drive on the first hole and turned his day
around. With a refreshed viewpoint, Ureta picked up consecutive
birdies on the first through the fifth holes and added another
on the seventh.
"The turning point was No. 1, definitely," Ureta
Schultz stumbled as he opened his day on the Chateau Course,
bogeying the par-4 first, but he kept his round within his
control. A birdie on the fourth got him to even-par, and he
added two more birdies en route to a 2-under-par 34 on the
"Being at the top of the leaderboard is a lot better
than being at the bottom, but it's not that big of a shock,"
Schultz said. "I knew I was good enough to compete. I
just had to prove to myself that I could compete at this level.
It's important to get over that intimidation."
Schultz, who in June finished third at the AJGA OSSO Junior
at Oak Tree, maintained his consistent play on the back nine
as well, recording a 1-under-par 34 for a 3-under-par 68 total
With a score of 68, Schultz and Ureta sit in a first-place
tie. Four players put themselves in third place after the
first round. Song Jeon of Ocala, Fla., and Brian Harman of
Savannah, Ga., who won the first two AJGA majors of 2003,
the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior and the Chrysler
AJGA Boys Junior, shot a score of 69 on The Legends. Brendon
Todd of Cary, N.C., and Jesse Barnsley of Albuquerque, N.M.,
fired 69s on the Chateau Course.
In the Girls Division, which played on the Chateau Course,
Dotson turned in a bogey-free front nine, including a birdie
on the 344-yard first. She also picked up birdies on the 15th
and 17th. Her only blemish on the day came on the difficult
"My short game was really good," Dotson said. "I
got up-and-down a lot and I made some putts. I was pretty
confident all day."
Two players trail Dotson by one shot. In-Bee Park of Eustis,
Fla., and Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay each fired
rounds of 1-under-par 70.
Second-round tee-times will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude
at 9:27 a.m. on Wednesday on the first and 10th tees of The
Legends and Chateau Courses. Players will swap courses for
the second round. For more information on the Rolex Tournament
of Champions, call tournament headquarters at (678) 714-2560
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Philip Barbaree
2. Eugene Hong
3. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Noah Goodwin
|| 1. Kaitlyn Papp
|| 2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
|| 3. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
|| 4. Kristen Gillman
|| 5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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* Won via sudden-death playoff