Furman University Golf Club
Greenville, S.C.
June 3-6, 2002

Hetzel takes over first place in Girls Division

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Zack Siefert, a native of Simpsonville, S.C., fired a tournament-low 6-under-par 66 to take a share of the lead in the second round of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman on the par-72 Furman University Golf Club Wednesday.

Siefert, J.D. Bass of Fairview, N.C., Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga., and Clint Smith of Asheboro, N.C., are all tied for first place at 140.

In the Girls Division, Polo Golf Junior All-American Mallory Hetzel took the lead after shooting a 1-under-par 71 to improve to even-par 144 for the tournament.

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.

Siefert started the day off strong, making birdie on three of his first four holes. Siefert, who was disappointed with his putting yesterday, said the key today was hitting the ball solid.

"I kept giving myself chances off the tee," said Siefert, who carded seven birdies for the round. "Today I hit most of the greens, which gave me easy birdies."

Kirk, who won the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic last week, finished with a 3-under-par 69 after making birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 9, 15 and 17. On the 508-yard, par-5 15th, Kirk had a chance at an eagle, but couldn't connect and had to settle for birdie.

"Yesterday, I had a good front nine, but a bad back nine," Kirk said. "I was headed towards that today, but I turned it around (after No. 15)."

Smith, playing in his first AJGA event, made birdie on the first two holes en route to a 34-35-69. Bass, who was the lone leader after the first round, had a steady round, shooting even-par 72.

Hetzel, from Summerville, S.C., said her goal for the round was "to stay patient and wait for the birdies to drop." Hetzel birdied Nos. 4, 6 and 15, and will look to stay aggressive going into the final round.

"When I play more aggressive, I play better," Hetzel said. "The key is hitting fairways. If you hit fairways, then you can play this golf course."

Margaret Shirley of Roswell, Ga., sits a shot back in second place after a 33-38-71 and is at 145 for the tournament. Blair Lamb of Flat Rock, N.C., Megan Miller of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Monique Gesualdi of St. Augustine, Fla., are all tied for third at 146.

Final-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 6 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.


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