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Elks Run Golf Club
Batavia, Ohio
August 4-7, 2003

Goins holds slim advantage in Girls Division

BATAVIA, OHIO- Zach Sucher of Mobile, Ala., carded an even-par-71 to sit atop the leaderboard in the Boys Division of the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational. In the Girls Division, Mandy Goins of Frankfort, Ky., retains the Girls Division lead by one stroke over Kelsey Lindenschmidt of West Chester, Ohio.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational features 102 players, 81 boys and 21 girls from 20 states. Five are from the Cincinnati area, with 28 from the state of Ohio.

Sucher, playing in his second-career AJGA event, entered the second round one stroke off the lead, held by Jeff Hall of Franklin, Tenn., and Dan Doyle of Rochester, Mich. Sucher (70-71-141) credits his steady ball-striking for his advantage in the Boys Division.

"For the last month, I have been striking the ball well," said 16-year-old Sucher, "it has continued into this tournament and I hope it continues tomorrow."

This will be the first time Sucher will enter the final round of an AJGA event with the lead. Asked if he will be nervous on Wednesday night, Sucher replied,

"I am going to an amusement park to take my mind off golf and relax."

Rounding out the Boys Division top five are Doyle at 69-73-142, Hall at 69-74-143, Tyler Current of Louisville, Ky., 73-71-144. In a five-way tie for fifth at 4-over-par 145 are Bradley Ruch of Louisville, Ky., James Sacheck of Zionsville, Ind., Pat Collogan of Ponca City, Okla., Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio, and Ryan Brehm of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Goins entered Wednesday's second round with a three-stroke lead (73-75-148) over a five-way tie for fifth. She was the runner-up in the 2002 AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational and played in the event in 2001, which she credits to her success this year.

"It helps to play this course over and over," said the 18-year-old, who will be attending Wake Forest in the fall. "I didn't play as well as yesterday, but hopefully I will get more putts to fall tomorrow. I want to be mentally prepared for tomorrow's round and play as steady as I have the last few days."

Goins highest finish in 2003 was ninth at the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational in Ashland, Ky.

Lindenschmidt broke away from the five-way tie for second to claim the position by herself at 76-73-149. In third in the Girls Division is Jordan Craig of Connellsville, Pa., at 76-76-152.

Final-round tee times for this 54-hole stroke-play event will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday off the No. 1 tee at Elks Run Golf Club. For more information on the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational, contact tournament headquarters at (513) 735-6600.