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

Hetzel survives sudden-death playoff to capture Girls Division crown

GREENVILLE, S.C. - J.D. Bass, of Fairview, N.C., fired a final-round 3-under-par 69 to capture the Boys Division title at the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman, held at the par-72 Furman University Golf Club. In the Girls Division, Summerville, S.C. native Mallory Hetzel defeated Blair Lamb in a one-hole sudden-death playoff to claim the title.

The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 99 players representing 16 states, the Philippines, Canada and Singapore. This was the second of three tournaments Henry-Griffitts will sponsor during the 2002 season.

Bass (68-72-69-209) carded five birdies on the day to help him break free of a four-way tie for the lead entering the final round. After a 1-under-par 35 on the front, Bass continued his hot putting down the stretch, connecting on a pair of birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga., also birdied No. 14 and added an eagle on the 508-yard, par-5 15th to move to within two shots, but Bass held on for the win with four straight pars.

"I struggled some on the front nine," said Bass, who was playing in only his fourth AJGA tournament. "I had some good up-and-downs to save par. On the back, I didn't hit any close, but I made some long putts."

Clint Smith of Asheboro, N.C., Zack Siefert of Simpsonville, S.C., and Kirk tied for second at 211. Brad Doster of Winter Park, Fla., and Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., finished the tournament tied for fifth at 212.

Hetzel, a Polo Golf Junior All-American, started strong with birdies on the first two holes, however bogeys on Nos. 7 and 9 left her at even on the front. Hetzel's ups-and-downs continued on the back nine as she started out with a par on No. 10 and a bogey on the par-5 11th.

Hetzel (73-71-75-219) then pared the next five holes before making double bogey on No. 17 to drop into a tie for the lead. She pared No. 18 to finish at 219 and force a sudden-death playoff on the first hole with Lamb.

Lamb opened the playoff hole with a drive down the middle as Hetzel pushed her tee shot into the right rough. Lamb missed the green into the left-side bunker and Hetzel, who had never carried a 3-iron until this tournament, hit a low punch out of the rough and found the green. Hetzel then two-putted for par and the win.

"I had an excellent start with back-to-back birdies," Hetzel said. "I thought that I might be able to go low. I knew that Blair and Megan [Miller] would play good today, so I tried to just step it up on the back. This is a huge confidence builder for me. I came in with a goal of making it to the Canon Cup, and this win will help me get there."

Lamb of Flat Rock, N.C., finished the tournament at 72-74-73-219 and Megan Miller, from Murrells Inlet, S.C., finished third with a 5-over-par 221.

For more information on the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman, contact our national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.


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