AJGA IRI GOLF GROUP HIGHLAND CREEK JUNIOR
Highland Creek Golf Club
Charlotte, North Carolina
July 21-24, 2003

HARRELL AND SMITH TIED GOING INTO SECOND ROUND AT 70
Shirley leads at 74 in the Girls Division

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Mark Harrell of Hazlehurst, Ga., and Clint Smith of Asheboro, N.C., shot a 2-under-par 70 to take the first-round lead in the Boys Division in the AJGA IRI Golf Group Highland Creek Junior. Margaret Shirley of Roswell, Ga., shot a 2-over-par 74 to lead in the Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the IRI Golf Group Highland Creek Junior features 102 players, 81 boys and 21 girls, from 16 states and France. The field features 45 North Carolina natives and 12 from the Charlotte area.

Harrell had only 26 putts on the day and carded six birdies, three of which were only feet from the hole.

"I hit my driver in the fairway," the 17-year-old said. "That is a big improvement for me and hopefully I will be able do well in this tournament. I have been so close recently in other tournaments."

In the 2003 season, Harrell has placed thirteenth in the AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan and recently finished eighth in the AJGA Avila Junior Classic.

Smith had five birdies and made two 10-foot putts for par.

"My putting was definitely on today," said the 18-year-old. "I only missed three greens and three fairways. Hopefully I can keep it up for two more days."

Tied for third in the Boys Division are Luke Hopkins of Greer, S.C., Andrew Byrd of Oxford, N.C., at 1-under-par 71. Rounding out the top five at 74 are Paul Woodbury of Lake City, S.C., Preston Yates of Winston-Salem, N.C., Glenn Northcutt of Dothan, Ala, and Mu Hu of Bradenton, Fla.

Shirley started her round with three bogeys in the first four holes, but said she started hitting her drives a lot better than she has in awhile. She had two birdies on Nos. 12 and 14.

"Of course I would like to win," said the 17-year-old. "But I don't want to look that far ahead."

Shirley has had a solid summer after placing fourth at the AJGA Dunlop Carolina Junior Championshp, ninth at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and 10th at the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic.

Rounding out the Girls Division top three are Cindy Phillips of Johnson City, Tenn., at 76 and Dolores White of Lakeland, Fla. at 77.

Second-round tee times begin on Wednesday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information on the AJGA IRI Golf Group Highland Creek Junior call tournament headquarters at (704) 875-9000.


 
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1. Eugene Hong
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2. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Andy Zhang
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5. Noah Goodwin
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Austin, Texas
2. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
3. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
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Rolex Tournament of Champions
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
274
2
John Pak
279
3
Kaiwen Liu
283
Girls
Total
1
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
283
2
Yu Sang Hou
286
T
3
Rachel Heck
289
T
3
Gina Kim
289
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
*Robin Williams
206
2
Cooper Parks
206
3
Canon Claycomb
210
Girls
Total
1
Kanyanat Saithip
217
2
Kristin Engle
221
3
Yang Liu
225
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
*Cade Kiser
221
2
Pone Pyae Han
221
3
Kritchayapol Sinchai
222
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Levi
218
2
Beryl Wang
220
T
3
Brooke Tyree
222
T
3
Julia Johnson
222
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Gavin Noble
206
2
Benjamin James
209
T
3
Jackson Rivera
212
T
3
Nathan Han
212
T
3
Christopher Vandette
212
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
225
2
Jin Yu Wu
226
T
3
Emma Zhao
229
T
3
Brianna Park
229
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
210
2
Gunil Moon
214
3
Kristopher Stiles
216
Girls
Total
1
Yu Wen Lu
210
T
2
Natasha Andrea Oon
212
T
2
Therese Warner
212
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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