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Hiwan Golf Club
Evergreen, Colorado
August 5-8, 2003

O'Toole sits atop Girls Division

EVERGREEN, Colo. - Blake Chrisman of Tulsa, Okla., currently sits atop the leaderboard in the Boys Division of the AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver after carding a 69 at Hiwan Golf Club. Ryann O'Toole of San Clemente, Calif., shot a 6-over-par 76 to take the lead in Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver is being held at the par-70 Hiwan Golf Club and features a field of 78 boys and 24 girls from 23 states.

Chrisman carded 5 birdies Wednesday, en route to a 1-under-par 69.

"I got off to a good start and was 4-under-par after 10 holes," commented Chrisman. "Then I bogeyed Nos. 11 and 12 and doubled No. 13. On this course it's easy to make bogeys and doubles. The key is to keep the ball in the fairway."

Chrisman was able to recover from his bogey streak with a par on No. 14, a birdie on No. 15 and pars on the final three holes.

"No. 13 is a short par 4 and I hit it to within eight feet," Chrisman said. "Even though I didn't make the putt, it got me back on my rhythm. Then I knocked it on in two on No. 15 and was able to make birdie."

Chrisman looks to hold onto his lead as he enters play Thursday.

"Coming into today I thought even-par would be a good score considering the conditions out there," remarked Chrisman. "Tomorrow I just want to try and stay focused and have a good start. If you get off a little on this course it will really hurt you."

Chrisman is followed in second place by David Cosel of Monument, Colo., who carded an even-par 70. Four juniors are tied in third place with 2-over-par 72s. Steve Saunders and Jesse Barnsley, both of Albuquerque, N.M., Kyle Sullivan of Grand Junction, Colo., and Walter Koelbel of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., all carded 72s.

In the Girls Division, 16-year-old O'Toole carded a 76 and currently sits in first following first-round action.

"I felt that I had a good swing today," commented O'Toole. "I could've putted a little better but I feel good. This course is really tough and the greens are very fast. I really can't complain about my round though."

The AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver marks O'Toole's second career AJGA event.

"I came here Saturday and played nine and then another nine at a different course," O'Toole remarked. "I've noticed that you get tired easily at this altitude, but the ball flies further, which is great."

O'Toole hopes to again battle the altitude and greens and add to her lead Thursday.

"I'd love to repeat a day like this," O'Toole said. "I feel like there were some things I could've changed but I played well today and I'm happy with my score."

Ellie Brophy of Spokane, Wash., carded an 8-over-par 78 and is currently tied with Ashley Tait of Littleton, Colo., and Staci Smoot of Rochester, Minn., for second place.

The second round of the AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver begins Thursday with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off the first tee.
For more information on the AJGA Transamerica Junior at Denver, please contact tournament headquarters at (303) 674-3366.