AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR INVITATIONAL
Bellefonte Country Club
June 18-21, 2002
MUDD HOLDS ONTO A ONE-STROKE LEAD
Wade leads at 2-over-par in Girls Division
ASHLAND, Ky. - Competition heated up along with the
weather in the second round of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass
Junior Invitational Thursday as second-team All-American Jessie
Mudd of Louisville, Ky., shot a 2-under-par 68 to maintain
the Boys Division lead. Second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American
Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., fired a 2-over-par 72 to take
the lead in the Girls Division.
The 54-hole tournament, hosted by the American Junior Golf
Association, features 120 players from 24 states and Mexico,
including 27 Kentucky natives.
Mudd started the day strong with an eagle on the first hole
despite hitting the ball onto the No. 18 fairway from the
tee. He paced the field throughout the day leading at 6-under-par
through No. 14, but struggled with the last four holes carding
two bogeys and a double bogey.
"I'm not disappointed with myself," Mudd, who will
celebrate his 17th birthday Friday, said. "If anything,
I'm mad at myself for shooting 2-under when I've been leading
most of the day at 6-under."
Fellow Louisville, Ky., native Michael Haverfield moved up
the leaderboard after shooting the low round of the day with
a 5-under-par 65. The 16-year-old, who was four strokes back
entering the day, closed in on the gap and trails Mudd by
"I would love to win this tournament," Haverfield
said. "This is not only my hometown but it's also my
home turf. I'd like to keep the title in Kentucky."
Jared Jones of Kenova, W.Va., and Thomas Wiegand of Avon Lake,
Ohio, each shot 1-under-par 69 for 36-hole scores of 134 and
139, respectively. Tied for fifth at even-par 140 are C.J.
Gatto of Columbus, Ohio, and Brandon Lawson of Elburn, Ill.
Pacing the Girls Division is Wade who fired a 72 to seize
a one-stroke advantage over Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas
Park, Fla. The 16-year-old looks to establish a significant
lead Friday by remaining focused on her game and not her friendship
"I know I need to keep up with Brittany," Wade said.
"You can't count anybody out from this tournament yet.
I need to play it safe and not mess up."
Lincicome shot a 3-over-par 73 on the day for a 143 total.
Noriko Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill., rounds out the top
three girls after carding the Girls Division low round of
the day with a 1-under-par 69.
Final-round tee times will run 7 a.m. - 12:51 p.m. off the
No. 1 tee at Bellefonte Country Club.
For more information on the Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior
Invitational, please contact tournament headquarters at (606)