The Homestead Resort, Lower Cascades Course
Hot Springs, Virginia
July 30 - August 1, 2002

Shonk leads Girls Division after first round

HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA - Chris Barron of Ashland City, Tenn., and Robby Walizer of State College, Pa., carded rounds of 1-under-par 71 Tuesday to tie for the lead after the first round of play at the AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship, held at The Homestead Resort's par-72 Lower Cascades Course. Sally Shonk of Noblesville, Ind., holds a two-stroke lead in the Girls Division with an even-par round of 72.

The ClubCorp Junior Players Championship, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 120 boys and girls from twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, with twenty-one players hailing from Virginia.

Barron, a senior-to-be, bagged consecutive birdies on Nos. 9, 10 and 11 en route to a round of 37-34-71.

"I was actually a little disappointed with my score today because I had ten birdies during yesterday's practice round," said Barron, who is playing in his third AJGA tournament. "This course sets up well for me, it's a lot like the ones I play back home."

"I was saving par well today," Barron said. "I just need to keep playing consistently tomorrow and hopefully I'll get a few more putts to fall."

Walizer, 17, had an up-and-down front nine, managing to finish at even par with four birdies, four bogeys and then a par on No. 9. One bogey and two more birdies on the back made for a round of 36-35-71.

"I tried to play smart today by keeping my driver in the bag. I was able to bounce back from the bogeys, which gave me a lot of confidence," said Walizer. "I'm going to go in with the same game plan tomorrow, which is to just get on the green in regulation."

Timothy Moynihan of Murrysville, Pa., holds sole possession of third place at even-par 72. Four other players, Marc Matalavage of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Chad Fultz of Staunton, Va., Pat Patterson of Sea Island, Ga., and Robert Gate, Jr., of Gainesville, Fla., are tied in fourth with rounds of 1-over-par 73.

In the Girls Division, Shonk fired a round of 36-36-72, with two bogeys and two birdies on the day. Shonk's tee shot on the par-3, 107-yard No. 17 hit behind the hole and then rolled to within a foot-and-a-half, which she made for birdie

"I had a solid round today," said the 17-year-old. "There are a lot of challenging holes on this golf course, but I was able to keep the ball in play."

Rachel Brittany Smith of Powell, Tenn., is in second place after the first day of play with a round of 34-40-74. C.J. Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Holly Cantwell of Morristown, Tenn., are tied for third, three strokes behind the leader.

Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, off of the No. 1 tee at The Homestead Resort's Lower Cascades Course.

For more information on the AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship, please contact tournament headquarters at (540) 839-7694, or visit the Association's Web site at ajga.org.


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