AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT RANCHO
The Westin Mission Hills Resort, Gary Player Course
Rancho Mirage, California
September 12-14, 2003
TRIO OF CALIFORNIANS STAND IN FIRST AFTER
ROUND ONE AT GARY PLAYER COURSE
Lieberman, Lipsky and Schumacher
each shoot rounds of 3-under-par 69
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - David Lieberman, David Lipsky
and Cody Schumacher each carded opening rounds of 3-under-par
69 Saturday to share the first-round lead at the AJGA Ashworth
Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ashworth
Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage features a field of 85
boys from eight states and Paraguay. Seventy-four juniors
from California are competing at The Westin Mission Hills
Resort's Gary Player Course. The AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason
Series, a boys-only series, is designed to provide more playing
opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in an AJGA
tournament. 2003 marks the fourth season of the AJGA Ashworth
Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, with ten tournaments in
Lieberman, from nearby Palm Springs, Calif., is competing
in his third national junior golf tournament and said the
Gary Player Course sets up well for him.
"Everything is right there in front of you," Lieberman
said. "You don't want to leave yourself in a bad position
out there. It's easy to leave some shots short. Having a lot
of discipline is really the key on this golf course."
Consistency led to Lieberman posting one of the day's five
subpar rounds. The 17-year-old hit 17 fairways and 16 greens
"It was a lot of consistency (that was the biggest factor
in Saturday's round)," he said. "I only missed one
fairway and two greens-and it's pretty hard to shoot high
when you do that. I'm happy with that."
Lipsky, one of the co-leaders after 18 holes, made six birdies
in his first appearance at an AJGA event. He said the significance
of the event and the competition would not overwhelm him.
"I was pretty relaxed," the 15-year-old from La
Cañada, Calif., said. "I've played in big tournaments
before, but this is new because it's the AJGA. I think I can
handle the pressure. Tomorrow, I'll try to play my own game
and not let anybody else affect me."
Schumacher, 17, said the length of the 6,895-yard Gary Player
Course served as an advantage for him. Sinking some key putts
early helped Schumacher, who is also making his AJGA debut,
to raise his level of confidence.
"I'm just going to try to hit fairways and greens (in
Sunday's final round)," he said. "I'd love to make
some early putts and get up a bit, then cruise in. Making
putts today really boosted my confidence."
Dedication throughout the summer rewarded Schumacher as he
hit the ball well in the opening round of his first career
"I hit my driver straight today," said the native
of Riverside, Calif. "I've worked on hitting the ball
a bit better and today I putted pretty good as well."
Rounding out the top five are Matthew Shaw of Clovis, Calif.,
and Dean Tonneslan of Fresno, Calif. Both shot 1-under-par
The final round of the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at
Rancho Mirage is Sunday with tee times beginning at 7 a.m.
off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Gary Player Course. For
more information on the event, contact tournament headquarters
at (760) 770-2908.