AJGA HARGRAY JUNIOR CLASSIC
Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
June 25-28, 2002
REYNOLDS SHOOTS 2-UNDER-PAR
FOR FIRST-ROUND LEAD
Tyler, Hetzel share Girls Division lead at Hilton Head
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Tripp Reynolds of Shelby,
N.C., carded a 2-under-par 70 Wednesday to capture the lead
after first-round play at the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic,
held this week at the par-72 Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo
Run. Two Polo Golf Junior All-Americans, Lisa Tyler from Lighthouse
Point, Fla., and Mallory Hetzel from Summerville, S.C., fired
1-over-par 73 for the low score and a tie for the lead in
the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Hargray
Junior Classic features 84 players, including boys and girls
representing 17 states. Seventeen players hail from South
Reynolds, who will play golf next year for the University
of North Carolina, started strong with a 10-foot birdie putt
on the first hole. The highlight of his round came on the
par-5, 510-yard 15th when Reynolds made a 15-foot birdie putt
to move to 2-under. Reynolds also recorded a birdie on No.
5 en route to a round of 35-35-70.
"I just tried to play smart, strategic golf," said
Reynolds, who hit 15 greens and 15 fairways. "I feel
really comfortable with the greens, and I feel good about
Reynolds maintains a one-stoke advantage over Ryan Hillstrom
(35-36-71) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who started with birdies
on the first two holes of his back nine. Four players finished
the day in a tie for third at even-par 72, including Jake
Creel of Dothan, Ala., John Ebert of Charlotte, N.C., Joowon
Ko of Temple Terrace, Fla., and Zack Siefert of Simpsonville,
In the Girls Division, Tyler, who will play golf next year
at the University of Georgia, finished the day with two birdies,
on Nos. 1 and 17, despite suffering from a sore back. This
is only the second tournament Tyler has played in since injuring
her back in November.
"I bunted it around the course and managed not to make
any big mistakes," Tyler said. "Tomorrow, I need
to stay consistent and keep the ball in play. Right now it's
just a matter of making it through."
Hetzel, who won the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman
three weeks ago, made eight straight pars on the back nine
before sinking her only birdie of the round on No. 18. Hetzel
finished the round with a 38-35-73.
"I'm happy with my score," the 15-year-old said.
"My main goal was to keep the ball in play and to stay
patient on the greens, which I did."
Whitney Simons of Aiken, S.C., and Jennifer Cassidy of Dalton,
Ga., are one-stroke behind the leaders in a tie for fourth
place. Simons carded a 37-37-74, and Cassidy posted a 36-38-74.
Second-round tee times will begin Thursday, June 27, at 8:00
a.m. off of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Golden Bear Golf
Club at Indigo Run.
For more information on the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic, contact
tournament headquarters at (843) 681-8160.