TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan Resort, Chateau Course
Braselton, Ga.
March 24, 2002


BRASELTON, Ga. - More than 180 junior golfers descended on Chateau Elan Resort on Sunday, looking to play their way into the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan, slated for Easter Weekend.

Fifteen boys and four girls emerged from the pair of 18-hole qualifiers to claim the remaining tournament spots and will compete among the top national players in the American Junior Golf Association's ninth annual Easter event in Georgia.

Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., and Chelsea Chiapella of Memphis, Tenn., led their respective divisions in the morning qualifier, while Brad Robinson of Johnson City, Tenn., was the medalist in the afternoon qualifier.

With a 2-under-par 69, Robinson fired the day's low score to lead the Boys Division qualifiers. Robinson closed his round with four straight birdies to surge ahead of the afternoon pack.

"I just started having fun at the end; I relaxed and started talking more to the guys I was playing with," said Robinson, who qualified for his first AJGA tournament.

Eight other boys qualified in the afternoon, including: Brad Doster of Winter Park, Fla., Bryan Rozier of Acworth, Ga., and Matthew Swan of Montgomery, Ala., at 1-over-par 72; Angelo Medico of Coral Springs, Fla., at 2-over-par 73; and David Donaldson of Lake Mary, Fla., Seth Bryan of Arab, Ala., Mark Harrell of Hazlehurst, Ga., and Tal Everett of Sea Island, Ga., who edged three other players tied at 74 in a sudden-death playoff.

Smith topped the boys' field in the morning, shooting a 1-under-par 70. Smith began his round with 10 straight pars before making a pair of birdies and a bogey down the stretch.

Five other boys qualified in the morning, including: Preston Brown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at 2-over-par 73; Matthew Savage of Louisville, Ky., and Gator Todd of Florence, Ala., at 3-over-par 74; and Jay Moseley of Bainbridge, Ga., and Joey Nagy of Buena Vista, Ga., who emerged from a sudden-death playoff among seven players tied at 75.

In the Girls Division, Chiapella fired three birdies en route to a 2-over-par 73. Also qualifying among the girls were Jennifer Cassidy of Dalton, Ga., who carded a 74, and Carly Truitt of Marysville, Ohio, and Julie Bartholomew of Marietta, Ga., both of whom shot 77.

The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan is a 36-hole championship, set to take place on the Chateau and Woodland courses at Chateau Elan Resort, March 30-31.



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