AJGA SHELL WORLD GOLF VILLAGE
Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village
St. Augustine, Florida
July 8-11, 2002
SURI HOLDS ON TO TOP SPOT AT
Wade posts a 71 to grab lead in the Girls Division
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- Tommy Suri of Miami, Fla., carded
a 1-under-par 71 Wednesday to hold on to the lead heading
into the final round of the AJGA Shell World Golf Village
Junior Championship. Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., shot a
1-under-par 71 to break a four-way tie for first place in
the Girls Division.
The Shell World Golf Village Junior Championship, conducted
by the American Junior Golf Association, features 84 players
with boys and girls representing 15 states. Fifty participants
hail from the state of Florida.
Suri (34-37-71) played solid golf on the front nine, making
seven pars and back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. On the
back nine, Suri found some trouble as the wind picked up,
but he was able to finish with six pars and a birdie on the
par-5, 517-yard 11th.
"I played solid par golf today," said Suri, who
is at 4-under-par 140 for the tournament. "My back nine
played tough with the wind blowing like it was. I feel that
if I play well tomorrow, and that is good enough to win, great.
And if not, then I still know that I tried my best."
Cornelius Carroll of St. Simons, Ga., scored a 71-71--142
and is in second place, two shots behind Suri. Gin Woong Kim
of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Reed Darsie of Chapel Hill, N.C.,
are tied for third at 143, while Steven Crolic of Jacksonville,
Fla., rounds out the top-five at 144.
In the Girls Division, Wade, who started on No. 10, had some
problems on her front nine; however, the 16-year-old recovered
to card two birdies and five pars for a 37. On her back nine,
Wade posted four consecutive pars before making her third
birdie of the round on the par-4, 351-yard 5th after Wade
stuck her second shot to within 15 feet and drained the birdie
putt. Wade then pared out on her last four holes to finish
with a 34.
"The back nine wasn't that bad," said Wade, who
sits at 1-over-par 145 for the tournament. "I just made
a few mistakes. I played the front nine very well by making
solid pars. I need to work on some things before tomorrow,
but I think I will be okay for the final round."
Nicole Hage of Coral Springs, Fla., is in second place with
a 74-75-149, and Gretchen Zoeller of Floyds Knobs, Ind., is
at 75-75-150, good for third.
Cameron Hooper, 15, of Jacksonville, Fla., scored a hole-in-one
with a 3-iron on the par-3, 205-yard 13th.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday,
July 11, off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Slammer & Squire
at World Golf Village.
For more information on the AJGA Shell World Golf Village
Junior Championship, contact tournament headquarters at (904)
940-8000, ext. 8567.