AJGA KROGER JUNIOR INVITATIONAL ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Elks Run Golf Club Batavia, Ohio
August 5-8, 2002
CIMAROLLI, CRAIG CLAIM MEDALIST HONORS AT KROGER
boys, four girls fill field for AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational
BATAVIA, Ohio - Mark Cimarolli of Pittsburgh,
Pa., fired a 3-under-par 68 Sunday at the AJGA Kroger Junior
Invitational Qualifier to earn medalist honors in the Boys
Division. In the Girls Division, Jordan Craig of Connellsville,
Pa., shot a 78 to top the field.
The 18-hole qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, was held at the par-71 Elks Run Golf Club. It
provided 95 juniors from 13 states the opportunity to earn
one of 13 boys and four girls spots available in the AJGA
Kroger Junior Invitational field.
Cimarolli, playing in his first AJGA event, carded five birdies
on the day, including a pair of back-to-back birdies on Nos.
5, 6, 12 and 13. "My drives were good today," Cimarolli said.
"I hit every one down the fairway right where I wanted to
help set me up."
Play was stopped for nearly two hours midway through the round
due to a weather delay, but Cimarolli was able to find his
touch with the putter after the break. "I couldn't get anything
going with my putter until after the rain," the 17-year-old
said. "Then a couple started to fall."
Adam Vandoski of Greenwood, Ind., was a shot off the pace
with a 2-under-par 69. "I got off to a good start with a birdie
on the first hole," Vandoski said. "I thought the course set
up well for me. I was able to hit a lot of irons off the tee
and keep it in play."
Vandoski finished with four birdies on the day to help him
qualify in just his second attempt at an AJGA qualifier this
season. "I'm going to keep the same mindset during the week
to just keep it in play and not attack the holes with a lot
of danger around the green."
Also qualifying in the Boys Division were Tom Miles of Dublin,
Ohio; Anthony Zappin of Huntington, W.Va.; Andy Brown of Ironton,
Ohio; Bradley Wissmueller of Wausau, Wis.; Grant Christman
of Columbus, Ohio; Tom Ballinger of Mansfield, Ohio; Jeff
Price of Dublin, Ohio; Daniel Doyle of Rochester, Mich., and
Scott Aydelotte of Apache Junction, Ariz.
Matt Considine of Akron, Ohio, Greg Esse of Crystal Lake,
Ill., and Marty Hunter of Chillicothe, Ohio, survived a sudden-death
playoff to capture the remaining spots.
In the Girls Division, Craig was able to play a steady round
and avoid big mistakes en route to a 78. The 16-year-old connected
on a short birdie putt on the 340-yard, par-4 ninth to help
separate herself from the pack.
"I was struggling a little bit with my putter today, but I
kept the ball in play which helped," Craig said. "It didn't
feel like I played that well, but I hung in there."
Heather Scholten of Grand Rapids, Mich., Haley Sawyer of Dublin,
Ohio, and Kathleen Ekey of Brunswick, Ohio, shot matching
83s to grab the remaining qualifying spots.
The first round of the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational will
be held Tuesday, August 6 at the Elks Run Golf Club. Tee times
will run between 7:30 a.m. - 12:27 p.m off the No. 1 tee.
For more information on the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational,
please contact tournament headquarters at (513) 735-6600,
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