AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS JUNIOR
Furman University Golf Club
June 3-6, 2002
BASS FIRES 4-UNDER-PAR 68
TO TAKE CONTROL AT FURMAN
Four tied for lead in Girls Division
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Seventeen-year-old J.D. Bass fired
a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine en route to a 68 and the
first-round lead of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman
on the par-72 Furman University Golf Club Tuesday.
Monique Gesualdi of St. Augustine, Fla.; Blair Lamb of Flat
Rock, N.C.; Mayule Tomimbang of Kissimmee, Fla.; and Haley
Gildea of East Greenwich, R.I., are all tied for the lead
in the Girls Division after shooting even-par 72s.
The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
features 99 players representing 16 states, the Philippines,
Canada and Singapore. This is second of three tournaments
Henry-Griffitts will sponsor during the 2002 season.
Bass, a native of Fairview, N.C., got off to a good start
with a birdie on the first hole. Bass added three more birdies
on the front, and another on No. 14 to move to 5-under-par
on the day. His only bogey came on the par-5 15th after an
errant drive, but he would par the final three holes to hold
a two-shot lead heading into the second round.
"I played the front nine solid and hit every green,"
Bass said. "I didn't hit my driver very well on the back,
so it was more of a struggle."
Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass.; Casey Flattery of Sparta,
N.C.; and Major Manning of Clarksville, Ga., are all tied
for second after rounds of 70. Eight players are tied for
fourth at 71.
Gesualdi fired a 33 on the front, but found some trouble on
the back, shooting a 39.
"I felt pretty good with my round," Gesualdi said.
"I struggled a little on the back, but my putting was
pretty good today. Being in a four-way tie will be tough,
but I am gonna play hard and they will have to catch me."
Gildea had a solid front nine with a bogey-free 34, and also
added a birdie on the par-3 14th.
"The front played easier than the back," Gildea
said. "The key was keeping the ball in play and putting
Second-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday,
June 5, off the No. 1 tee at Furman University Golf Club.
For more information on the Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman,
contact tournament headquarters at (864) 294-6283.