LESSING'S AJGA CLASSIC QUALIFIER
ClubCorp Qualifier Series
The Concord Resort & Golf Club, The International Course
Kiamesha Lake, New York
August 11, 2002
LEFANTE, WELLS GARNER MEDALIST HONORS AT
LESSING'S QUALIFIER Eleven boys, two girls qualify
for Lessing's AJGA Classic
KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y. -- Eric LeFante of Colts Neck,
N.J., and Jordyn Wells of Bethel Park, Pa., overcame rough
starts early to top their respective fields Sunday at the
Lessing's AJGA Classic Qualifier, held on the par-71 International
Course at The Concord Resort & Golf Club. LeFante fired
a 2-under-par 69 to claim Boys Division honors and Wells clinched
Qualifier medalist honors for the second time this season
after shooting a 76
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 18-hole
qualifier gave 90 players the opportunity to play their way
into the three-round Championship event, which will be held
Tuesday through Thursday on The Monster Course at The Concord
Resort & Golf Club.
Despite starting the day off with a double bogey on No. 10,
LeFante remained focused on his game carding birdies on Nos.
16, 17 and 18 and after the turn on No. 6.
"I've learned from experience that getting mad doesn't
help my game," the 15-year-old LeFante said. "My
goal today was to qualify and get into the tournament."
The New Jersey native will make his AJGA debut after two attempts
and is eager to take on this week's competition.
"It feels pretty good to have qualified today,"
LeFante said. "I've always played well at the local level,
but I feel that I've proved to myself that I can play with
the best regionally."
Also qualifying in the Boys Division were Chris Flatley of
Darien, Conn.; Alex Knoll of Bethlehem, Pa.; Alex Brueggemann
of Bel Air, Md.; Larry Haertel of Greenwich, Conn.; Jonathan
Weininger of Riverdale, N.Y.; John Murphy of Wilton, Conn.;
James Kim of Harrington Park, N.J.; Joel Pokorney of Sharpsville,
Pa.; Pat Kelly of Garden City, N.Y.; and Joseph Choma of Granite
In the Girls Division, Wells remained confident throughout
the day despite posting two bogeys and two double bogeys on
the front nine.
"I felt a little frustrated at first because I really
wanted to qualify," Wells said. "I struggled with
my short game today, but I still feel very confident with
the way I'm playing."
The 15-year-old also carded three birdies on the day and looks
to end her season with an AJGA win.
"I've been striking the ball pretty well and my mental
game is pretty sharp," Wells said. "I'm feeling
very confident and I'm going for a win."
Chelsea Chiapella of Memphis, Tenn., was the day's other qualifier
with a round of 38-41-79.
The Lessings's AJGA Classic will feature 78 boys and 21 girls
representing 19 states and Canada, including 33 players from
the state of New York.
First-round action will begin Tuesday, August 13, with tee
times running between 6:30 a.m. - 11:27 a.m. off the No. 1
tee of The Monster Course at The Concord Resort & Golf
For more information on the Lessing's AJGA Classic Qualifier,
please contact tournament headquarters at (845) 794-4000,