Pete Dye Golf Club
Bridgeport, West Virginia
July1-4, 2002

Nakazaki steadies the pace in the Girls Division and leads by one stroke

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - Consistency was the key for Dustin Barr of Mooresville, N.C., as he carded a 71-72-143 to lead the Boys Division by two strokes in the Pete and Alice Dye AJGA Classic Wednesday. In the Girls Division, Noriko Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill., carded the Girls low of 2-over-par 74 (75-74-149) to stand in the lead by a stroke.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the inaugural championship features 84 players from 16 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, including ten West Virginia natives.

Realizing the challenge of playing at Pete Dye Golf Club, Barr decided to exercise his intellect and skills in minimizing his errors for the second round. While his risks were minimal, he currently has a stranglehold on the lead heading into the final round.

"I wanted to stay out of all bunkers and I didn't want to three putt, which ended up being my goals for the day," Barr said. "I played solid today, and my putter worked really well. I made a lot of five-and six-footers and I feel I needed to do that to play well out here."

Through the first two rounds, Barr has three-putted once, and has found himself in only one bunker. Rather than swinging for the fences or take needless risks in the final round, Barr is planning to keep his game simple.

"I'm going to keep the same strategy out here, which is to stay out of trouble and make a lot of pars," Barr said. "I think par is a good score here."

Tony Dibitetto of Rochester, N.Y., stands alone in second, while first round co-leader Ryan Siekmann of Dublin, Ohio is third and three shots off the pace. Nathan Kinker of Barboursville, W. Va., and Thomas Feldman of Washington, D.C. round out the top-five boys.

Similar to Barr, Nakazaki has played a cerebral game that has yielded very few mistakes.

"My goal today was to not make more than one bogey," Nakazaki said.
The weather on Tuesday was debilitating, but the heat and humidity subsided somewhat for today's second round.

"The weather doesn't really affect me," Nakazaki said. "It's been pretty hot and humid out, but I've been able to not let it affect my game."

For the girls, the 17-year-old Nakazaki continues her quick ascent in the ranks of the AJGA, as she will play in the final girls group for the third time in four weeks. Up until this year

Nakazaki had never played in a leader group, but her excellent play of late and her career-high second place finish in the AJGA Golfweek Chicago Junior has collectively boosted her confidence.

"My goal for the final round is to shoot 72," Nakazaki said. "What I need to do tomorrow is simple. I need to hit my driver on the fairway, lay it up on the green and two-putt at the most."

Christie Reed of Coral Springs, Fla., Rachel Smith of Powell, Tenn., and Dayna Burleigh of Horsham, Pa., round out the top three positions in the Girls Division.

Final round action will run from 7:30 - 9:27 a.m. off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees at Pete Dye Golf Club.

For more information on the Pete and Alice Dye AJGA Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (304) 842-2801 ext. 307.


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