AJGA CALLAWAY GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT CIMARRON
Cimarron Golf Resort, Long Course
Cathedral City, California
July 1-3, 2002
VIVOLO FIRES 3-UNDER-PAR 68 TO LEAD AT
Joh and Gannon share Girls Division lead
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- Chad Vivolo of Carmel, Calif.,
turned in a bogey-free round of 68 to take the lead at the
AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Cimarron. Tiffany
Joh of San Diego, Calif., and Tia Gannon of Hilton Head Island,
S.C., carded matching 73s to sit atop the Girls Division.
The 36-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
is being held on the par-71 Long Course at the Cimarron Golf
Resort. The 84-player field features players from 18 states
- including 51 California natives - and Canada and Japan.
The Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series was created to give
13- to 15-year-old AJGA members more opportunities to compete
against players from across the country. The AJGA will conduct
seven Junior All-Star Series events in 2002, which is now
in its fifth year of existence.
Vivolo finished his first nine holes with all pars. He went
on to birdie the first two holes of his final nine and finished
his round with a birdie on the 183-yard, par-3 ninth hole.
"My putting went well for me today and most of them seemed
to drop," Vivolo said. "I hit a lot of fairways
and didn't make any mistakes or get in trouble. This is a
nice course, but it has a lot of bunkers. You really have
to be careful out there and stay in the fairways."
The 13-year-old, who is only playing in his second AJGA event,
credited his field-leading 68 to consistent play and a solid
"I had some cushion on the back nine because I birdied
the first two holes," Vivolo said. "I need to stay
consistent tomorrow. I want to hit greens and give myself
Brandon Holub of Higley, Ariz., Rory Hie of Lakewood, Calif.,
and Michael Quagliano of White Plains, N.Y., are tied for
second at 69.
Joh missed Monday's practice round because she was in the
process of shooting 72 to qualify for the U.S. Girls Junior
Amateur. However, in the first round she carded a birdie and
a bogey to finish the front nine at even par. After making
birdie on the 126-yard, par-3 12th hole, Joh made in a double-bogey
on No. 13 and finished her round tied for the lead at 2-over-par
"The first six holes I was trying to get used to the
course," Joh said. "I was a little nervous, but
my putting was pretty good and I was able to stay calm. The
key to this course is staying accurate on short irons and
the birdies will come."
Gannon traveled across the country in search of her first
national title. She started her round with a double-bogey
on No. 1, but was able to birdie No. 7 and close the front
nine at 1-over par. Gannon also played the back nine at 1-over-par
to jump into the lead with Joh.
"Today was good because I hit a lot of fairways and greens
in regulation," Gannon said. "A lot of my putts
fell. I was happy to keep it together after my double-bogey
on the first hole. I want to come out fast tomorrow and play
Sommer Scholl of Riverside, Calif., and Kelly Nakashima of
Wailuku, Hawaii, are tied for third at 74.
For more information on the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star
Classic at Cimarron, please call tournament headquarters at
(760) 770-6060, ext. 114, or visit the Association's Web site
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