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Lessing’s AJGA Classic Qualifier
Tallgrass Golf Club
Shoreham, New York
August 7, 2003

Aboff sets course record 74 to qualify in Girls Division

Shoreham, N.Y. — Eight boys and three girls gained entry into the Lessing’s 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 74.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lessing’s 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 York.

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 Lessing’s 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 Hass’s 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 didn’t 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, N.Y.

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 Creamer.”

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 Lessing’s AJGA Classic, call tournament headquarters at (631) 395-7272.