Furman University Golf Club
Greenville, S.C.
June 2, 2002

Nine boys, four girls qualify for tournament in Sunday afternoon event

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C., fired a 2-under-par 70 to garner medalist honors in the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman held Sunday afternoon at Furman University Golf Club. Eleanor Tucker, a native of Wilson, N.C., took first place in the Girls Division with a 3-over-par 75.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman allowed 13 juniors-nine boys and four girls-to earn a spot into the 54-hole championship, which begins Tuesday in Greenville, S.C.

The Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman will feature 99 players with boys and girls representing 16 states and Canada.

Riesen, 15, will be playing in just his second AJGA tournament. He finished in a tie for 30th at last week's AJGA Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic in Rome, Ga. Riesen carded five birdies in today's round, including one on each of the four par-5s.

"I hit the ball real good today," Riesen said. "I putted really well, too. Now I just need to work on driving the ball."

Other qualifiers in the Boys Division include Luke Hopkins of Greer, S.C.; Eric Shriver of Cary, N.C.; Lee Keong Yang of Singapore; Barden Berry of Kinston, N.C.; Casey Flattery of Sparta, N.C.; Scott Brannan of Central, S.C.; Will Shambley of Cary, N.C.; and Phillip Mollica of Anderson, S.C.

Tucker, 16, also made her way to Greenville after playing in last week's tournament in Rome. In Sunday's qualifier, Tucker posted a 37-38-75 to finish one shot ahead of second-place finisher Mayule Tomimbang of Kissimmee, Fla.

"This course is a lot like Rome, so it was nice to play a similar type of course two weeks in a row," Tucker said. "The greens here are much faster, though."

Tucker will be playing in her third AJGA tournament this week. Last season, she broke her wrist in her first tournament of the year, which prevented her from playing in any other events.

"I just need to stay focused this week," Tucker said. "I need to take one shot at a time."
Jennifer Cassidy of Dalton, Ga., and Kelly White of Moore, S.C., grabbed the last two qualifying spots in the Girls Division.

First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, off the No. 1 tee at Furman University Golf Club in Greenville, S.C.

For more information on the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman, contact tournament headquarters at (864) 294-6283.


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