AJGA TOLDO GROUP EASTERN CANADIAN JUNIOR
Roseland Golf and Curling Club
June 24-27, 2002
KOKRAK'S 67 LEADS FROM START TO FINISH
IN THE BOYS DIVISION
McConnell jumps out to a two- shot lead in the Girls Division,
after the first round
WINDSOR, Ontario -- Jason Kokrak of Warren, Ohio,
was the first player to tee off in the first round of the
Toldo Group Eastern Canadian Junior, and he is the leader
after firing a 4-under-par 67. Mandi McConnell of Grand Blanc,
Mich., stands atop the Girls Division after carding a 1-over-par
The 54-hole tournament, hosted by the American Junior Golf
Association, features 99 players from 10 states, Canada and
Bermuda, including 34 Ontario natives.
Kokrak led the 6:30 a.m. tee time to an 18-hole round in three
hours and twenty minutes.
Aside from a blazing pace around the course, Kokrak minimized
his errors and his low score stuck throughout the day.
"The course played fairly easy for me today," Kokrak
said. "I missed only one or two fairways the whole day.
I haven't been playing well recently, so it's nice to see
everything come together."
Two days of competition remain, but the 17-year-old Kokrak
is focused and aims to continue having fun as the week goes
"I just want to play solidly the rest of the week,"
Kokrak said. "It doesn't matter if I score higher or
lower, I just want to play well, and I know good things will
Sunday qualifier Eric Meierdierks of Wilmette, Ill., is second
after a 3-under-par 68. Bradley Moulton of Orangeville, Ontario;
Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ontario and Matthew Harmon of
Grand Rapids, Mich., are in a three-way tie for third after
carding rounds of 2-under-par 69.
McConnell had two bogeys through the first four holes, but
she settled down the rest of the way as she consistently made
"My ball striking was great today, and I made some pretty
important putts," McConnell said. "I really think
this is a nice course, but the greens are tricky, so I'm happy
that I didn't three-putt today."
The 17-year-old McConnell, a seasoned AJGA participant, has
never finished better than third, but she is upbeat about
her chances to garner her first AJGA title.
"I just want to stay focused," McConnell said. "I
want to play well regardless of what score I shoot. It'll
be important for me to keep putting well this week."
Ashley Bickerton of Ottawa, Ontario, and Morgan Pressel of
Boca Raton, Fla., both shot 3-over-par 75 to stand in a tie
Second-round action will run from 6:30 - 11:18 a.m. off the
No. 1 tee at Roseland Golf and Curling Club.
For more information on the Toldo Group Eastern Canadian Junior,
please contact tournament headquarters at (519) 969 - 5740,
or visit the Association's Web site at ajga.org.