Marshallia Ranch Golf Course
Vandenberg AFB, California
July 22-25, 2002

Nakashima, Park sit atop Girls Division

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. - Louie Bishop of Murrieta, Calif., fired a 3-under-par 69 to take the first-round lead at the AJGA Marshallia Ranch Junior Classic. In the Girls Division, Kelly Nakashima of Wailuku, Hawaii, and Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., posted matching rounds of 78 to share the lead.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Marshallia Ranch Junior Classic is being held on the par-72 Marshallia Ranch Golf Course in Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

Bishop started his round well with a birdie on the 387-yard, par-4 second hole. He stuck his approach shot to within eight feet of the hole and drained his birdie putt. Bishop finished the front nine at 2-under-par.

"I kept the ball in play today and made birdies when I got the chance," Bishop said. "The thing that got me going today was getting off to a good start. My par on the first hole and birdie on the second gave me some confidence. After that, I stayed focused and turned in a good round."

The 17-year-old Bishop added two more birdies on the back nine to finish his round at 33-36-69.

"This course has some narrow fairways," Bishop said. "You have to hit the ball straight and stay in the fairways. The good thing is that the greens roll nice and you can score on them."

Brandon Beck of Oak Park, Calif., is in second with a 2-under-par 70, James Lee of Fullerton, Calif., is in third at 71, and Garrett Sapp of Cerritos, Calif., is in fourth after shooting an even-par 72.

In the Girls Division, Nakashima finished the front nine at 2-over-par, including a birdie on the 510-yard, par-5 fifth hole. She also birdied No. 11 to card a 37-41-78.

"I was driving the ball well today and hit most of the greens in regulation," Nakashima said. "I hit a good drive off the first tee and gained a little confidence to keep throughout the day. My putting struggled, but I knew the course would play pretty tough."

Park, who won the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Midland last week, finished her round at 39-39-78. The 13-year-old had three birdies on the day, including one on the 465-yard, par-5 15th hole.

"Today was tough for me and I am a little disappointed with my round," Park said. "I like this course a lot. It is short, but when the wind picks up it starts to play long. The wind gets a little tricky on some of the holes, especially the back nine, so you have to think about where the ball could go."

Allison Goodman of San Diego, Calif., is in third after shooting 79.
Second-round action starts Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 a.m., off the No. 1 and 10 tees of the Marshallia Ranch Golf Course.

For more information about the AJGA Marshallia Ranch Junior Classic, please call tournament headquarters at (805) 734-4764.

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