AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS ROME JUNIOR CLASSIC
Coosa Country Club
Rome, Ga.
May 28-31, 2002

KIRK, LINCICOME TAKE ONE-SHOT LEADS INTO FINAL ROUND

ROME, Ga. - Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga., and Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas Park, Fla., maintained their leads in Thursday's second round of the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic at Coosa Country Club.

The Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 98 boys and girls from 16 states and the Philippines, including 34 players from the state of Georgia. The 54-hole competition is the first of three AJGA tournaments that Henry-Griffitts will sponsor in the 2002 season.

Kirk, a 17-year-old senior-to-be, began his round with birdies on three of the first four holes to push his tournament total to 10-under-par. A series of bogeys on the back side, however, brought him back to the field.

"I started off good, but ended up bad. I had three-putts on 10 and 18 and hit it all over the place on 11," Kirk said. "Everything I made on the green yesterday either lipped out or burned the edge today."

In his three previous AJGA tournaments, Kirk narrowly missed victory, recording two runner-up finishes at the 2001 Shell World Golf Village Junior Championship and the 2002 TayorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan.

With a two-day total of 65-72-137, Kirk will have to fend off Warren Thomas III, of Columbia, S.C., and Will Dottley of Greenville, Miss., who are one stroke behind at 6-under-par 138. Thomas fired eight birdies on the day, while Dottley recorded an eagle on No. 13.

David Hoyt of Rome, Ga., is the local leader after two days of play. Hoyt carded a two-day total of 150 and is tied for 38th.

In the Girls Division, Lincicome, a 16-year-old Polo Golf Junior All-American, finished the day at 1-over-par 73, despite hitting only five greens in regulation.

"Today was exhausting," Lincicome said. "My putting was awesome and my driver was awesome, but I couldn't hit any greens."

Clinging to a one-shot lead, Lincicome (68-73-141) is looking for her third AJGA tournament victory, but following right on her tail are Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla. (71-71-142) and Erica Battle of Columbia, S.C. (71-72-143).

Final-round play will begin at 7:30 Friday morning on the No. 1 tee at Coosa Country Club.

For more information on the Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (706) 234-2200 (ask for the AJGA Headquarters).

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