AJGA GOLFWEEK CHICAGO JUNIOR
Winnetka Golf Club
Winnetka, Illinois
June 11-14, 2002

PERSONS TAKES SOLE LEAD AT GOLFWEEK CHICAGO JUNIOR
Ashley Knoll Widens Her Lead to Five Strokes in the Girls Division

WINNETKA, Ill. - Braving unseasonably cold weather, Josh Persons of Fargo, N.D., paced the Boys Division with his second consecutive round under-par with a 70-69-139 total to seize the lead at the AJGA Golfweek Chicago Junior. In the Girls Division, honorable mention Polo Golf Junior All-American Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, remains the leader at 72-73-145.

The 54-hole tournament hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 99 players from 22 states and Canada, including 42 Illinois natives.

Persons shelved the inclination to hit the ball hard and long, instead he favored a conservative iron game.

"Just like I did yesterday, today I sacrificed yardage, and I only ended up pulling out my driver four times," Persons said. "It's not worth hitting the trees. You can make a lot of birdies on this course, but one missed shot is a bogey instantly."

As the lone player in the field to card consecutive rounds below par, Persons doesn't plan on changing his routine that thrust him into the lead.

"I'm going to think about hitting the fairways and worry about the rest later," Persons said.
Matthew Slovitt, playing at his home course, tied today's low with a 3-under-par 68, as he stands alone in second (72-68-140).

"I know this course like the back of my hand," Slovitt said. "But is it going to be a difference between shooting a 70 or a 75? No. But it does help."

Rob Grube of Hinsdale, Ill., Steven Mroczkowski of Muskego, Wis., and Robbie Scheele of Indianapolis round out the top five in the Boys Division.

Knoll increased her lead after the second round but she recognized the need to keep an even keel as she prepares to enter the final round on Friday.

"I've been hitting the ball and putting really well," Knoll said. "Tomorrow I just need to play smart and make good decisions like I have been all week."

Second-Team Polo Golf Junior All-American Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky. (74-76-150), and Noriko Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill. (78-72-150), are tied for second to comprise the top three in the Girls Division.

Final round action will begin Thursday from 6:30-11:18 a.m. off the Winnetka Golf Club's No. 1 tee.

For more information on the Golfweek Chicago Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (847) 501-5796.

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