The Peninsula Club
Cornelius, N.C.
July 21, 2002

Hetzel takes top honors in Girls Division

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Dustin Groves of Keswick, Va., fired a 4-under-par 67 Sunday to garner medalist honors at the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club Qualifier. Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C., shot 72 to claim the Girls Division.

The PING Junior at The Peninsula Club Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, gave 96 boys and girls, ages 13-18, the opportunity to earn a spots into the three-round Championship event, which begins Tuesday.

Groves, 16, carded only one bogey and five birdies during his round. Groves made birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 15 and 16 to finish with a 4-under-par 32 on the back nine.

"I played well today," Groves said. "That 20-foot putt I made on No. 15 really got me going. It feels great to come out here and play this well in my first AJGA event."

Drew Weaver of High Point, N.C., shot a 1-under-par 70 to earn a tournament spot, while Tim Dillon of Greensboro, N.C., and Nick Chauvenet of Winston-Salem, N.C., both shot 71 to qualify. Also qualifying were Blaine Rogers of Simpsonville, S.C., Stephen Goodridge of Attica, N.Y., Steve Burk of Keswick, Va., Adam Slizewski of Maryville, Tenn., Andrew Buergler of Cary, N.C., Jordan Utley of Richmond, Va., J.D. Yearwood of Wellesley, Mass., Bryant Hare of Raleigh, N.C., Colin Clark of Durham, N.C., and John Chandler of Sumter, S.C.

In the Girls Division, Hetzel made her first birdie on the par-4, 357-yard 4th and finished the front nine with an even-par 36. The 15-year-old carded one more birdie on the par-3, 132-yard 13th after sticking a 9-iron to within five feet. Hetzel finished with a 36-36-72.

"I played solid today," Hetzel said. "I didn't do anything great, but I also didn't make any stupid mistakes. This just gives me a little more confidence going into the tournament."

Dinah Plyler of Chapin, S.C., shot a 39-39-78 to earn a spot in the tournament, while Jennifer Pokrzwinski (40-40-80) of Lakeville, Minn., and Amber Littman (40-41-81) of Stoney Creek, N.C., rounded out the qualifiers in the Girls Division.

The PING Junior at The Peninsula Club will feature 99 players representing 18 states, with the majority of players hailing from the state of North Carolina.

First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, off the No. 1 tee at The Peninsula Club.

For more information on the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club, contact tournament headquarters at (704) 896-7060.


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