AJGA PRESEASON JUNIOR AT GAINESVILLE
University of Florida Golf Course
May 10-12, 2002
FLORIDA NATIVE SCORCHES COURSE AT AJGA
PRESEASON JUNIOR AT GAINESVILLE
Giammaresi shoots a 5-under-par 65 for the first round
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Obviously immune to warm temperatures
and breezy conditions, Tampa native Mike Giammaresi fired
an impressive low round of 5-under-par 65 to garner the first-round
lead at the AJGA Preseason Junior at Gainesville Saturday.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason
Junior at Gainesville held at the University of Florida Golf
Course in Gainesville, Fla., consists of a 84 player boys-only
field (ages 13-18) representing 14 states and Canada. Eighteen
juniors from Florida are competing in the 36-hole stroke-play
Right out of the gate, Giammaresi, a high school junior,
began his impeccable performance with a birdie on the par-4,
which set the tone for the day.
"I knew I was going to have a solid round when I started
with a birdie," Giammaresi said. "I felt awesome
during my entire round."
The 16-year-old credits his stellar performance to both the
solid conditions of the course and to the Northern Florida
climate. About six months ago, the University of Florida Golf
Course reopened its doors after major renovations.
"I really like the changes made to the course. They
have made the greens smaller and I was able to hit most of
them which definitely helped my game," Giammaresi said.
Being a frequent player to the course and a Florida resident
are two of Giammaresi's secret weapons that he has definitely
used to his advantage.
"Some players who are not from this area probably considered
it incredibly hot today, but I actually thought it was rather
cool with the breeze," he said.
Despite finishing with a bogey on the par-4 18th, Giammaresi's
scorecard includes six birdies and 11 pars.
Chasing Giammaresi in second place is Georgia native Benjamin
Kishigian of Warner Robins. Kishigian finished the day four
shots back after carding a 32-37-69, while Noah Goldman of
Longwood, Fla., sits five shots off the pace. Warren Thomas
of Columbia, S.C, Alex Debardeleben of Memphis, Tenn., and
Chad Grimes of The Woodlands, Texas, are all tied for fourth
at 3-over par 73.
The AJGA Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, a boys-only
series, is expanding to eight tournaments in 2002 from the
six featured last year. The series is designed to provide
playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in
an AJGA tournament. Players who finish in the top 15, including
ties, receive one, two or three automatic entries into future
AJGA tournaments, depending on their finish.
The final round of the AJGA Preseason Junior at Gainesville
begins Sunday, with the first tee times set for 7:30 a.m.
at the University of Florida Golf Course off the No. 1 and