AJGA JEFFREY M. ISNER MEMORIAL JUNIOR AT NEW SEABURY
Country Club of New Seabury, Dunes Course
August 25-28, 2003
QUAGLIANO PACES FIELD WITH
A 2-UNDER-PAR 68 IN MASHPEE
Three tie for lead in Girls Division with 72s
MASHPEE, Mass. - Michael Quagliano of White Plains,
N.Y., fired a 2-under-par 68 to take the lead in the first
round of the AJGA Jeffrey M. Isner Memorial Junior at New
Seabury Tuesday. Songyi Yi of San Diego, Calif., Marika Lendl
of Goshen, Conn., and Chelsea Curtis of New Seabury, Mass.,
all carded 2-over-par 72s to share the top spot in the Girls
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole event features 84 boys and girls, ages 13-18, from 14 states, as well as 33 Massachusetts natives. The 15th annual event is being held at the Dunes Course at the Country Club of New Seabury.
Quagliano, who teed of on No. 10, started his day by shooting even par on his front nine, but turned his game up a notch by making two birdies and no bogies on the back nine.
"My short game kept me in it today," the 16-year-old said. "I'm going to try to shoot below par each day and see where that puts me after three rounds. This is my last tournament of the summer, so it would be nice to win for the first time at my last event of the summer."
Following one stroke behind Quagliano with 1-under-par 69s are Joey St. Laurent of Nashua, N.H., Bryce Mueller of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Jamie Wallace of Moorestown, N.J.
St. Laurent earned his place in the event after earning one of 12 spots through Monday's qualifier. The 17-year-old had three birdies and an eagle on the day.
"I didn't even expect to be playing this week," St. Laurent said. "I shot three 74s at my last tournament, so I hope to improve on that this week. We'll see what happens."
Mueller credits his low score to his consistency on the greens.
"It was all the short game today," the 17-year-old said. "I got up and down from absolutely everywhere and stayed consistent the entire time - I didn't make a bogey until No. 15."
Wallace also gives his short game the credit for his success in the first round. He, like St. Laurent, also had three birdies and an eagle on the day.
"I made an eagle on No. 3," the 17-year-old said. "I hit my drive in a greenside bunker and managed to hole out for an eagle. Other than that, I kept it in play and did well today."
In the Girls Division, defending champion Yi was proud of her first-round performance. Yi had three birdies on Nos. 4, 10 and 18.
"I did better than I did last year during the first round," the 16-year-old said. "I'm going to concentrate more tomorrow so that I can win again."
Lendl, who had four birdies on Nos. 1, 12, 16, and 17, is playing in her second and last AJGA tournament of the summer.
"Everything went well today and my putting was great. I wanted to spend the day getting a feel for how the field was," Lendl said. "I really want to win this one."
Curtis, a 16-year-old Country Club of New Seabury member, felt she had an advantage going into this tournament because of her familiarity with the course.
"This course is all strategy and you have to lay up a lot," Curtis said. "I didn't hit many greens today in regulation, but I was able to get up and down to save par."
Second-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Country Club of New Seabury, Dunes Course.
For more information on the AJGA Jeffrey M. Isner Memorial Junior at New Seabury contact tournament headquarters at (508) 539-8322 ext. 6235.