AJGA Classic Qualifier
Tallgrass Golf Club
Shoreham, New York
August 7, 2003
HASS, SCHIANO FIRE 1-UNDER-PAR 70 IN BOYS DIVISION QUALIFIER
Aboff sets course record 74 to qualify in Girls Division
Eight boys and three girls gained entry into the Lessings
AJGA Classic Thursday through a qualifying round at Tallgrass
Golf Club. Chris Hass of Chevy Chase, Md., and Johnny Schiano
of Holbrook, N.Y., tied at 1-under-par 70 to take medalist
honors in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Susannah
Aboff of Huntington, N.Y., took medalist honors at 3-over-par
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lessings
AJGA Classic will take place August 11-14 at The Links at
Shirley. The three-round event will feature an 84- player
field, 66 boys and 18 girls, with 38 participants from New
Fresh off a victory at The Links at Shirley with the International
Junior Golf Tour, Schiano, 16, is looking forward to playing
the course again for the Lessings AJGA Classic.
The basic thing for me is hitting my driver straight,
Schiano said. My short game was great today and I sunk
the putts I needed. If I can keep my game consistent for the
tournament I will be in a position to score well.
The 16-year-old Hasss round started well with a birdie
on the first hole and continued by firing 2-under-par 33 on
his front nine.
With the first swing of the day things started going
well, Hass said. I didnt get a chance to
warm up or check out the course before today. I drove the
ball well and was hitting everything good. I need to work
on my putting; I missed four putts inside 10 feet.
Tying for third were Kevin Dolph of Huntington, N.Y., and
Seve Calmi of Douglaston, N.Y. Also qualifying were Matthew
Linde of Chappaqua, N.Y., Josh Wilson of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Christopher
Scialo of New City, N.Y., and Michael Schwenk of Millwer Place,
Susannah Aboff of Huntington, N.Y., brought home medalist
honors in the Girls Division at 3-over-par 74. The 16-year-old
Aboff, shot 34 on both the front nine to finish four strokes
ahead of second-place Katy Barrett of Las Vegas, Nev. Finishing
in third place in the Girls Division was Kaitlin Conway of
Wading River, N.Y.
I was hitting both my driver and long irons well today,
Aboff said. I need to focus on my chipping for the tournament,
but it should be a fun event, especially to play with Paula
First-round tee times will begin at 6-9:12 a.m. on Tuesday,
August 11, off the No. 1 tee at The Links at Shirley. For
more information on the Lessings AJGA Classic, call
tournament headquarters at (631) 395-7272.