Avila Golf and Country Club
Tampa, Florida
July 2-5, 2001

Poccia leads Boys Division with 2-under-par 142

TAMPA, FLA.-Mallory Code of Tampa shot a 1-over-par 73 to maintain her grip on the top of the leaderboard in the Girls Division after the second-round of the AJGA Avila Junior Classic held at the Avila Golf and Country Club. Code's two-day total of 1-under-par 143 leads Jackie Beers of Midlothian, Va., by two shots. In the Boys Division, Marco Poccia of Gansevoort, N.Y., leads at 2-under-par 142.

The Avila Junior Classic, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 84 players from 15 states, Japan, Mexico and Bermuda. Included in the field are nine Polo Junior Golf All-Americans.

Code followed up her first-round 2-under-par 70 with a 1-over-par 73 with nines of 36-37.

"I played pretty consistent today," Code said. "I got up-and-down a lot today. That's good, because I saved par, but I didn't give myself many realistic birdie opportunities. The opportunities that I had, I missed."

Code had 15 pars, one birdie and two bogies in her round, and hit 11-of-18 greens in regulation. Code also battled dehydration down the stretch in temperatures that soared into the low-90s.

"The heat wasn't a big factor until the end," Code said. "I got dehydrated the last two holes, but it didn't affect my play that much. I just fought through it."

The 16-year-old Code is gunning for her fourth AJGA tournament title and is looking to improve in tomorrow's final round.

"My ball-striking could improve," Code said. "I need to hit more greens and give myself birdie chances."

Beers, who shot a 1-over-par 73 in the first-round, fired an even-par 72 to pull within two shots of Code at 1-over-par 145. Beers recorded two birdies and two bogies in her round. Nicole Melton (74-74) of San Antonio, Texas, and Morgan Pressel (75-73) of Boca Raton, Fla., are tied for third at 4-over-par 148.

In the Boys Division, Poccia shot a 2-under-par 70 for a two-day total of 2-under-par 142. He leads Ty Callahan of Tampa by two shots.

Poccia had three birdies and an eagle in his round and shot nines of 36-34. Poccia overcame a slow start, bogeying No. 1.

"I didn't want to get up this morning, because I was so sore from riding the rollercoasters at the Busch Gardens Cookout last night," Poccia joked.

He was hanging around even-par until he birdied No. 15 and eagled No. 16. He also parred No. 18 after hitting his drive into the water hazard.

"I played basic, steady golf," Poccia said. "I managed to keep the ball in play and that really enables you to score well on this course."

Poccia used strong putting to aid his round .

"My short game was nothing special, but I hit a lot of greens," Poccia said. "I had several birdie putts within 20 feet and I made quite a few of them.

"I've never been in this situation before, and it feels pretty good," Poccia commented on leading after 36 holes.

Callahan, who was a late addition and is a member at Avila Golf and Country Club, is two shots back at even-par 144. He has rounds of 71-73. Ryan Blaum (73-72) of Coral Gables, Fla., and Peter Lyon (74-71) of Cape Coral, Fla., are tied for third at 1-over-par 145. James Dickey (72-74) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Chris Erwin (73-73) of Tampa, and Chase Baldwin (76-70) of Plant City, Fla., are tied for fifth at 2-over-par 146.

The final-round concludes Thursday with tee times from 7:30-9:27 of Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information on the AJGA Avila Junior Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (813) 968-5285.


TAMPA, FLA. -- Second-round results from the AJGA AVILA JUNIOR CLASSIC conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Avila Golf & Country Club. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,812 Girls: 6,036


Marco Poccia (2002) Gansevoort, N.Y.* 72-70--142
Ty Callahan (2003) Tampa, Fla.* 71-73--144
Ryan Blaum (2002) Coral Gables, Fla.* 73-72--145
Peter Lyon (2002) Cape Coral, Fla.* 74-71--145
James Dickey (2003) Pembroke Pines, Fla.* 72-74--146
Chris Erwin (2001) Tampa, Fla.* 73-73--146
Chase Baldwin (2001) Plant City, Fla.* 76-70--146
Alex Wilson (2002) Coral Gables, Fla.* 72-75--147
Evan Frederick (2001) Destin, Fla.* 77-70--147
Michael Himebaugh (2002) Palm City, Fla.* 77-70--147
Bobby Pandolfi (2002) S. Yarmouth, Mass.* 75-73--148
Jason Overton (2001) Palm Harbor, Fla.* 69-79--148
Federico Salazar (2002) Delray Beach, Fla.* 75-73--148
Chiho Kwak (2002) Jacksonville, Fla.* 76-72--148
David Cosper (2001) Clearwater, Fla.* 75-74--149
Adam Swope (2001) Wesley Chapel, Fla.* 75-74--149
Jeremy Hobson (2001) Thonotosassa, Fla.* 77-74--151
Jerad Harklau (2002) Heath, Texas* 74-77--151
Jeff Overton (2001) Evansville, Ind.* 78-73--151
James Boothe (2001) Palm Harbor, Fla.* 76-76--152
Robert Jamieson (2003) Orlando, Fla.* 80-72--152
Wes Hitchcock (2002) Parkland, Fla.* 74-78--152
Patton Kizzire (2004) Tuscaloosa, Ala.* 77-75--152
Josh Price (2002) Marble Falls, Texas* 75-78--153
Tyler Rucarean (2004) Gainesville, Fla.* 76-77--153
Ryan Hillstrom (2003) Fort Lauderdale, Fla.* 73-80--153
Ben McClung (2001) Ponte Vedra, Fla.* 78-75--153
Nick Clark (2001) North Port, Fla.* 78-76--154
Danny Allen (2001) Palm Harbor, Fla.* 77-77--154
Hector Diaz-Ceballos (2003) Mexico City, Mexico* 77-77--154
Stephan Bobe (2002) Pensacola, Fla.* 78-76--154
Frank Briseno (2001) River Ridge, La.* 79-75--154
Tyler Kassinger (2001) Evans, Ga.* 78-77--155
Eric West (2002) Pembroke, Bermuda, * 77-78--155
Aaron Yarmuth (2002) Harrods Creek, Ky.* 79-76--155
Joe Green III (2002) Jacksonville, Fla.* 74-81--155
Michael Nicoletti (2002) Dos Palos, Calif.* 79-77--156
Khalifa Masaood (2001) Wesley Chapel, Fla.* 75-81--156
Marco Morales (2004) Coral Gables, Fla.* 79-77--156
TJ Shuart (2001) Coral Springs, Fla.* 75-81--156
Brett Blondell (2002) Lakeland, Fla.* 79-77--156
Alan Pereda (2003) Miami Springs, Fla.* 76-81--157
Ty Harris (2001) Tampa, Fla.* 80-77--157
Dwight Rogers (2001) Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.* 79-78--157
Michael Del Aguila (2002) Miami, Fla.* 81-76--157
Hochul Kim (2003) Tampa, Fla.* 78-79--157
Elias Esparza (2002) Weston, Fla.* 80-78--158
Min Kyu Han (2003) Tampa, Fla.* 77-82--159
Jacob Davis (2002) Deland, Fla.* 79-80--159
Brian Geraty (2001) Eden Prairie, Minn.* 83-77--160
Tommy Suri (2003) Miami, Fla.* 83-78--161
Nathan Huff (2002) Indialantic, Fla.* 78-84--162
Charles Kozel (2002) Alpharetta, Ga.* 85-79--164
Erik Frederick (2002) Destin, Fla.* 81-84--165
Seiji Hirai (2003) Hagerstown, Md.* 81-85--166
Andy Leadbetter (2003) Orlando, Fla.* 83-83--166
Paul Humbert (2002) Miami, Fla.* 78-89--167
Andrew Turker (2002) Dunedin, Fla.* 80-87--167
Jason Murray (2001) Jacksonville, Fla.* 86-83--169
Patrick Gibson (2003) Thonotosassa, Fla.* 83-87--170
Ford Halbardier (2002) Spring, Texas* 82-91--173
Seth Bryan (2002) Arab, Ala.* 84-90--174
Matthew Shoemaker (2002) Petal, Miss.* 89-87--176
Scott Squires (2002) Coral Springs, Fla.* 87-90--177
Zach Zemla (2002) Sylvania, Ohio* 98-95--193
Spencer King (2001) Sarasota, Fla.* 94-DQ-(Rule 6 -3a)


Mallory Code (2003) Tampa, Fla.* 70-73--143
Jackie Beers (2002) Midlothian, Va.* 73-72--145
Nicole Melton (2001) San Antonio, Texas* 74-74--148
Morgan Pressel (2006) Boca Raton, Fla.* 75-73--148
Aimee Cho (2002) Orlando, Fla.* 77-73--150
Whitney Code (2001) Tampa, Fla.* 79-73--152
Cindy Shin (2003) Coppell, Texas* 74-79--153
Brittany Lincicome (2004) Pinellas Park, Fla.* 76-77--153
Jennifer Pandolfi (2004) Navarre, Fla.* 76-78--154
Marci Turner (2004) Tompkinsville, Ky.* 74-81--155
Kurumi Dohi (2004) Nagoya-Shi, Japan* 77-80--157
Yunny Cho (2001) Bradenton, Fla.* 79-78--157
Kelly Husted (2002) Sarasota, Fla.* 83-78--161
Kana Mita (2002) Tochigi, Japan* 86-78--164
Monique Gesualdi (2003) St. Augustine, Fla.* 83-82--165
Jessica Castle (2003) Plantation, Fla.* 78-87--165
Jennifer Bley (2001) Fort Worth, Texas* 87-79--166
Sookhee Baek (2004) Bradenton, Fla.* 86-82--168

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