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

Myers holds on to win in Girls Divison

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Thomas Hagler, IV, of Ringgold, Ga., carded a final-round 72 Thursday and finished the tournament at 3-under-par 210 to capture the title at the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club. Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., finished with a 220 total to win the Girls Division. Both players held on to win despite three separate rain delays that lasted a total of nearly three hours.

The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 99 boys and girls from 18 states, with the majority of players hailing from North Carolina.

Hagler made his first of two birdies of the day on the par-4, 432-yard 6th and finished the front nine with a 1-over-par 36. After four straight pars on the back that were in between the final rain delay, Hagler made a bogey on No. 14 before making his second birdie of the day on No. 15. Hagler finished with three straight pars to end his junior career with his first national win.

"I am happy to end with my first national win," said Hagler, who will be playing golf for Augusta State next year. "I grinded my whole round today. I couldn't get anything going with all the rain delays we had. I just played my game and fortunately I was able to pull it out."

Sung Back of Rossville, Ga., fired a 3-under-par 68 Thursday for a three-day total of 211 and a tie for second place with Ty Lefler of Apex, N.C. Frank Wrenn IV (72-71-70-213) of Greenville, S.C., and Richie Hunt (74-68-71-213) of Elm City, N.C., round out the top five in a tie for fourth place.

In the Girls Division, Myers recorded four birdies on Nos. 1, 9, 15 and 16. On the 16th, Myers sank a 30-foot-putt to take her to 1-under-par for the day. Myers double-bogeyed No. 17 and then made a solid par on 18 to seal the victory.

"I was okay after the first rain delay," said the 16-year-old. "But the second delay really got to me. I made a good birdie on 16 but I was thinking about how Mallory (Hetzel) was playing and doubled 17. I just told myself to calm down and finish the round. This win gives me more confidence heading into next weeks tournament."

Myers will continue on to the AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., to defend her 2001 title.

Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C, carded a 2-under-par 70 and a 222 for the tournament to finish second and Erica Battle of Columbia, S.C., finished third at 81-70-76-227.

For more information on the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club, contact the AJGA's National headquarters at 1-877-373-2542.


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