AJGA MCDONALD'S BETSY RAWLS GIRLS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The DuPont Country Club
Wilmington, Del.
July 30-August 2, 2001


JANANGELO SCORCHES DUPONT COUNTRY CLUB
FOR OPENING-ROUND 69
Lee and Swenson sit one stroke back at 1-under-par

WILMINGTON, Del.-Elizabeth Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., sits atop the leaderboard of the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship after carding an opening-round 2-under-par 69 Tuesday at The DuPont Country Club. Two juniors share second place at 1-under-par 70.

The AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, boasts a field of 68 girls representing 22 states and Canada. Twenty-one Polo Golf Junior All-Americans are competing in the 13th edition of the 54-hole event. Past champions of the tournament include Kellee Booth, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Beth Bauer and Leigh Anne Hardin.

"Today my strength was my putting and chipping," said Janangelo, a five-time AJGA champion. "I only hit 10 greens in regulation. I usually hit more than that, but fortunately my short game was there today."

Janangelo won her first-career AJGA tournament in 1999 at the AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior Classic. She also took top honors at the prestigious Polo Golf Junior Classic in November 2000.

The 17-year-old acknowledged her short game as a significant component of her success.

"I spend a lot of time practicing my putting and my short game," Janangelo said after an opening round in which she had only 26 putts. "It has taken me 17 years to realize you can shoot a lot lower if you have a good short game."

Also contributing to her success Tuesday was the mood of her playing partners, she said.

"I had a lot of fun with my partners out there today," she added. "When you are laughing and joking, that usually helps you to play well and relax."

Jane Lee of Torrance, Calif., and Perry Swenson of Charlotte, N.C., share second with first-round totals of 1-under-par 70.

"I just played one shot at a time," the 15-year-old Lee said. "I didn't really get into any mental games today."

Swenson, who is competing in her last junior tournament at age 18, admitted she relishes being slightly behind the leader.

"I like being where I am," she said. "I can be more aggressive. When I'm in the lead, I try to protect the lead, which isn't a good thing."

Alice Kim of Los Angeles, Calif., and Aimee Cho of Orlando, Fla. posted opening-rounds of even-par 71 to share fourth place.

For more information on the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship, please contact tournament headquarters at (302) 428-1012.

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- First-round results from the AJGA MCDONALD'S BETSY RAWLS GIRLS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The DuPont Country Club. Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: Girls: 6,017


Elizabeth Janangelo (2002) West Hartford, Conn.* 34-35--69
Jane Lee (2004) Torrance, Calif.* 36-34--70
Perry Swenson (2001) Charlotte, N.C.* 34-36--70
Alice Kim (2003) Los Angeles, Calif.* 33-38--71
Aimee Cho (2002) Orlando, Fla.* 37-34--71
Brittany Lang (2003) McKinney, Texas* 36-36--72
Paula Creamer (2005) Pleasanton, Calif.* 36-36--72
Elena Kurokawa (2002) Redondo Beach, Calif.* 35-38--73
Allison Martin (2003) Bakersfield, Calif.* 38-35--73
Kelley Louth (2004) Victoria, Texas* 36-38--74
Christine Fernandez (2002) Henderson, Nev.* 39-35--74
Eom Ji Park (2003) Vancouver, British Columbia* 35-39--74
Marci Turner (2004) Tompkinsville, Ky.* 36-38--74
Taylor Leon (2005) Dallas, Texas* 36-38--74
Jane Park (2005) La Crescenta, Calif.* 38-36--74
Nikki Hadd (2001) Crestview, Fla.* 40-35--75
Nicole Melton (2001) San Antonio, Texas* 35-40--75
Kelly Husted (2002) Sarasota, Fla.* 38-37--75
Stella Lee (2001) Irvine, Calif.* 38-37--75
Lorraine Ballerano (2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C.* 38-38--76
Jackie Beers (2002) Midlothian, Va.* 39-37--76
Kristen White (2001) Doylestown, Pa.* 38-38--76
Laura Olin (2001) Eden Prairie, Minn.* 38-38--76
Michaela Cavener (2004) Ponca City, Okla.* 36-40--76
Sunny Oh (2002) Torrance, Calif.* 38-38--76
Darby Sligh (2001) North Augusta, S.C.* 36-40--76
Julieta Granada (2005) Bradenton, Fla.* 37-39--76
Jennifer Pandolfi (2004) Navarre, Fla.* 38-39--77
Beth Marushak (2002) Northampton, Pa.* 37-40--77
Cindy Shin (2003) Coppell, Texas* 40-37--77
Christy Larrimore (2002) Severna Park, Md.* 39-38--77
Ashley Knoll (2003) The Woodlands, Texas* 37-40--77
Courtney Jones (2002) Lake Quivira, Kan.* 40-38--78
Erin Long (2001) Napa, Calif.* 37-41--78
Hannah Jun (2003) San Diego, Calif.* 39-39--78
Kelly Robb (2003) Concord, Mass.* 38-40--78
Erin Borowiec (2001) South Lyon, Mich.* 38-40--78
Ashley Rollins (2003) Austin, Texas* 39-39--78
Morgan Pressel (2006) Boca Raton, Fla.* 39-39--78
Chris Brady (2003) Apex, N.C.* 40-38--78
Emma Stachowicz (2002) Pacific Palisades, Calif.* 37-41--78
Tiffany Catafygiotu (2001) Greer, S.C.* 38-40--78
Dayna Burleigh (2002) Horsham, Pa.* 36-43--79
Irene Cho (2002) La Habra, Calif.* 37-42--79
Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana (2003) Long Beach, Calif.* 39-40--79
Seiko Onoue (2002) La Habra, Calif.* 40-39--79
Jennifer Bley (2001) Ft. Worth, Texas* 36-43--79
Lisa Tyler (2002) Lighthouse Point, Fla.* 42-37--79
Andrea Vander Lende (2001) Longwood, Fla.* 41-39--80
Shannon Johnson (2001) Sioux Falls, S.D.* 39-41--80
Priscilla Park (2002) Santa Ana, Calif.* 40-40--80
Erin Andrews (2002) Las Vegas, Nev.* 40-40--80
Brooke Shelton (2001) Dallas, Texas* 39-41--80
Jennifer Karr (2001) Scottsdale, Ariz.* 40-41--81
Becky Berzonski (2001) North East, Pa.* 41-40--81
Mandi McConnell (2003) Grand Blanc, Mich.* 43-40--83
Ali Kicklighter (2002) Deland, Fla.* 40-43--83
Mallory Hetzel (2005) Summerville, S.C.* 40-43--83
Alissa Kuczka (2002) Phoenix, Ariz.* 40-43--83
Laura Caniff (2004) Russell, Ky.* 41-42--83
Tracy Bolger (2002) Haddonfield, N.J.* 44-39--83
January Romero (2002) Albuquerque, N.M.* 43-42--85
Brenda Norris (2002) Spring Branch, Texas* 45-40--85
Jeannine Mondesando (2002) Mahwah, N.J.* 40-46--86
Caney Hines (2005) San Antonio, Texas* 42-45--87
Clare Lucey (2002) Winnetka, Ill.* 42-46--88
Rachel Overstreet (2002) Pace, Fla.* 44-47--91

 
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