The Peninsula Club
Cornelius, N.C.
July 22-25, 2002

Myers grasps lead in Girls Division

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Thomas Hagler, IV, of Ringgold, Ga., fired a 5-under-par 66 Wednesday to take control of the leader board after the second round of the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club. In the Girls Division, Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., maintained her lead over the rest of the field with a 71-76-147 tournament total.

The AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 99 boys and girls from 18 states, with the majority of players hailing from North Carolina.

Hagler, who will play golf at Augusta State in the fall, made seven birdies on the round en route to a two-day total of 4-under par 138. Consecutive birdies on the first three holes and birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 created bookends on the lowest round that Hagler has recorded in a tournament.

"I didn't play quite as aggressive today," said the 18-year-old, who carded a 1-over-par 72 during the first round. "I tried to be smarter with my shots and just aimed towards the middle of the green."

With a best AJGA finish of sixth at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., last summer, Hagler is looking to continue his strong play tomorrow.

"If you hit the fairways and greens on this course, you'll be fine," said Hagler. "Today, I just basically pared all of the 'par' holes and birdied the 'birdie' ones. I'm hoping to do the same tomorrow."

Brad Doster of Winter Park, Fla., holds sole possession of second place at 2-under-par 140 for the tournament. J.D. Bass of Fairview, N.C. and Ty Lefler of Apex, N.C. sit in a tie for third at 1-under-par. Three players who are tied at even-par, Richie Hunt of Elm City, N.C., Will Shambley of Cary, N.C., and Drew Weaver of High Point, N.C., and round out the top five.

In the Girls Division, Myers retained her lead after a round of 38-38-76. A birdie on the par-4, 337-yard second was one of her two birdies on the day.

"No. 2 was a good hole for me," said the 16-year-old. "I hit my drive in the fairway, an iron shot to 25-feet and then I hit that putt for birdie. I was pretty happy with that start."

"I wasn't hitting the ball as straight today and the wind picked up a little on the back," Myers said. "Tomorrow, I just need to go back to the way I was playing on Tuesday."

Maggie Simons of Raleigh, N.C., who was tied with Myers for the lead after the first day of play, carded a round of 78 today and is now in second place. Erica Battle of Columbia, S.C., heads into the final round in third place at 81-70-151.

Final-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 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, or visit the Association's Web site at ajga.org.


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