LESSING'S AJGA CLASSIC
New York Country Club
New Hempstead, New York
August 13-16, 2001

KING SEEKS CROWN AT LESSING'S AJGA CLASSIC
AT NEW YORK COUNTRY CLUB

Grzebien inches toward back-to-back victories in Girls Division

NEW HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.-Matt King of Plattsburgh, N.Y., sits in first place at the Lessing's AJGA Classic heading into Thursday's final round after posting a two-day total of 1-under-par 143. Anna Grzebien of Saunderstown, R.I., maintained her lead in the Girls Division by carding a second-round 73 to move to 3-over-par for the tournament.

The Lessing's AJGA Classic, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 102 juniors from 14 states and Canada. The 54-hole tournament, in its fourth year, is being contested at New York Country Club.

"I had another good ball-striking day today and I played another really solid round," King said after his second-round 73. "If I could post another round tomorrow like one of these two, I'd be really happy."

King credited consistent putting and solid ball-striking for his success in the second round and said he hopes to continue his consistency Thursday.

"I'll just go through the same routine in the morning," the 17-year-old King said of his game plan for Thursday's final round. "I'm hitting the ball really well, so I'm not going to change anything with my swing. It's probably going to take a pretty good round to take this thing tomorrow. But, I'm really confident."

Brian Scott of Crofton, Md., leapt into second after carding the low score of the day with a second round of 3-under-par 69. Scott finished his round with a fury Wednesday, making birdie on No. 17 and eagle on No. 18 to finish the back nine in just 32 strokes.

"When I got to 18, I was trying to make birdie and it just happened to drop," he said of his eagle on the 498-yard, par-5 18th hole. "Tomorrow, I'm going to play the same way I played today. I think I can do it."

Garrett Engel of East Rockaway, N.Y., is third at 2-over-par after rounds of 74 and 72, while three juniors share fourth at 3-over-par. Marco Poccia of Gansevoort, N.Y., Steve Alminas of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Eamonn McLoughlin of Amityville, N.Y., each posted two-day totals of 147.

16-year-old Anna Grzebien moved closer to claiming consecutive AJGA victories by posting a second-round 73. Grzebien, who is 3-over-par for the tournament, won last week at the AJGA Marsh Junior at Bethpage State Park for her first career AJGA victory.

"It would be exciting because I hadn't had any wins (until last week)," the Rhode Islander said. "To maybe get two in a row, that would be great. But I don't know what's going to happen."

Grzebien scorched the front nine, shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the first nine holes. She said the key to claiming the title lies in hitting the greens in regulation and sinking putts.

"I have to hit greens," Grzebien said. "Even though the greens are tough, I've got the speed down. I didn't have any three-putts today and hopefully won't tomorrow."

Jackie Beers of Midlothian, Va., is four strokes back of Grzebien in second place at 7-over-par 151 after a second-round 74. Kelly Robb of Concord, Mass., is third at 12-over-par for the tournament.

Action at the Lessing's AJGA Classic wraps up Thursday, with final-round tee-times beginning at 7:30 a.m. For more information on the tournament, contact AJGA tournament headquarters at (888) 740-6800, ext. 102.

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NEW HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Second-round results from the LESSING'S AJGA CLASSIC conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at New York Country Club. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,641 Girls: 5,742


BOYS DIVISION

Matt King (2002) Plattsburgh, N.Y.* 70-73--143
Brian Scott (2003) Crofton, Md.* 75-69--144
Garett Engel (2002) East Rockaway, N.Y.* 74-72--146
Marco Poccia (2002) Gansevoort, N.Y.* 72-75--147
Steve Alminas (2002) East Longmeadow, Mass.* 74-73--147
Eamonn McLoughlin (2002) Amityville, N.Y.* 74-73--147
Andrew Turner (2002) Lititz, Pa.* 77-71--148
Brad Tilley (2002) Chappaqua, N.Y.* 73-76--149
Timothy Seeley (2002) Lake George, N.Y.* 73-76--149
David Atkinson (2001) Ellicott City, Md.* 69-81--150
Brian McArdle (2002) Huntington, N.Y.* 72-78--150
Brian Krulfeifer (2003) Monsey, N.Y.* 78-73--151
Seiji Hirai (2003) Hagerstown, Md.* 74-78--152
Blake Wray (2002) Ithaca, N.Y.* 75-77--152
Michael Kosup (2002) Flemington, N.J.* 77-75--152
Devin Drobbin (2002) Holmdel, N.J.* 78-74--152
Dennis Gosier (2002) Ganesevoort, N.Y.* 75-77--152
Derek Hurwitch (2002) Longmeadow, Mass.* 80-72--152
Adam Resmini (2001) Barrington, R.I.* 75-78--153
John Fizer (2001) Trenton, N.J.* 73-81--154
Raman Luthra (2002) East Amherst, N.Y.* 79-75--154
Tarik Can (2004) New York, N.Y.* 79-75--154
Adam Cohan (2004) Wayne, Pa.* 75-79--154
Hoyt McGarity (2002) Sagaponack, N.Y.* 74-80--154
David Larado (2002) Sayville, N.Y.* 79-75--154
Dave Patronik (2002) Orchard Park, N.Y.* 79-75--154
Gary Barton (2001) Staten Island, N.Y.* 81-74--155
Tyler Whitney (2002) Hanover, N.H.* 82-73--155
Andrew Rice (2002) Monkton, Md.* 81-74--155
Tyler Randol (2002) Lawrence, N.Y.* 78-78--156
Jason Paul (2002) Patchogue, N.Y.* 78-78--156
Robert Chen (2001) Orangeburg, S.C.* 82-74--156
Bobby Bennett (2003) Wilmette, Ill.* 81-76--157
David St. Clair (2002) Waban, Mass.* 80-77--157
D.J. Hynes (2001) Wellesley Hills, Mass.* 80-77--157
Ryan Jeun (2001) Laurel, Md.* 74-83--157
Dan Gabel (2002) Poughkeepsie, N.Y.* 80-77--157
Rick Reissman (2002) Suffern, N.Y.* 81-76--157
Brian Belden (2006) Emmaus, Pa.* 80-77--157
Justin Jarvis (2002) Baltimore, Md.* 77-80--157
Patrick Nakahara (2002) Westport, Conn.* 79-78--157
Cliff Ryan (2001) Plandome, N.Y.* 85-73--158
Andrew Sliwa (2002) Owego, N.Y.* 79-79--158
Todd Brown (2003) Fogelsville, Pa.* 80-78--158
Michael Ciccarelli (2001) Commack, N.Y.* 79-79--158
Brandon Mourges (2002) Phoenix, Md.* 81-78--159
Charles Kerecz (2002) Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.* 79-80--159
Daniel Barrett (2002) Lisbon, Conn.* 79-80--159
Justin Sharaf (2001) Danvers, Mass.* 81-79--160
Ryan Stewart (2002) Merrick, N.Y.* 80-81--161
Anthony Italiano (2001) Toronto, Ontario* 84-77--161
William Sirignano (2002) Waccabuc, N.Y.* 83-78--161
Andrew Resmini (2004) Barrington, R.I.* 86-76--162
Skip Clasper (2003) Gaithersburg, Md.* 80-82--162
Dean Gultula (2002) Haskell, N.J.* 80-83--163
Josh Weber (2002) Kitchener, Ontario* 79-84--163
Ross Feldman (2003) Woodcliff Lake, N.J.* 83-80--163
Jimmy Crandall (2003) Chatham, N.J.* 82-82--164
Todd Czepiel (2002) Boonville, N.Y.* 83-81--164
Van Espiritu (2005) Nutley, N.J.* 82-83--165
Scott Johnson (2002) West Newton, Mass.* 89-76--165
Edward Schloth (2003) Royersford, Pa.* 85-80--165
Doug Saidenberg (2003) New York, N.Y.* 78-87--165
Andrew Burke (2002) Rochester, N.Y.* 81-85--166
Daniel Diggs (2001) Danbury, Conn.* 84-82--166
Sean Pollack (2003) Woodcliff Lake, N.J.* 82-84--166
Adam Kaminski (2001) Commack, N.Y.* 82-84--166
Daniel Day (2002) Cheshire, Conn.* 85-82--167
Matthew Considine (2003) Akron, Ohio* 90-79--169
Pat Ferris (2002) Simsbury, Conn.* 88-81--169
Daniel Misko (2003) Grand Island, N.Y.* 85-84--169
McLean Shanley (2002) Saratoga Springs, N.Y.* 87-83--170
Josh Williamowsky (2002) Rockville, Md.* 86-85--171
Drew Anders (2002) Mont. Laurel, N.J.* 85-87--172
Doug Lesko (2002) Flemington, N.J.* 83-90--173
Peter Cheviot (2003) Sayville, N.Y.* 91-85--176
Thomas Halsted (2002) Windsor, Conn.* 87-89--176
Adam Sureau (2001) Stow, Mass.* 94-90--184
Tim Daily (2002) Old Bridge, N.J.* 90-WD (Injury)
Brad Ernske (2004) Mahwah, N.J.* 75-DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Tim Hamm (2001) Schenectady, N.Y.* 87-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

GIRLS DIVISION

Anna Grzebien (2003) Saunderstown, R.I.* 74-73--147
Jackie Beers (2002) Midlothian, Va.* 77-74--151
Kelly Robb (2003) Concord, Mass.* 81-75--156
Kristen White (2001) Doylestown, Pa.* 79-78--157
Whitney Myers (2004) East Berlin, Pa.* 81-78--159
Beth Marushak (2002) Northampton, Pa.* 82-78--160
Liz Friel (2002) Hollis, N.H.* 79-82--161
Mary Ellen Grzebien (2001) Saunderstown, R.I.* 85-76--161
Dayna Burleigh (2002) Horsham, Pa.* 83-78--161
Ashley Grier (2002) Hagerstown, Md.* 78-84--162
Jeannine Mondesando (2002) Mahwah, N.J.* 86-78--164
Jacquelyn Nemcik (2003) College Station, Texas* 82-82--164
Kathryn O'Rourke (2003) Holmes, N.Y.* 79-85--164
Katrin Wolfe (2002) Johnstown, Pa.* 84-81--165
Monique Gesualdi (2003) St. Augustine, Fla.* 78-87--165
Caleigh Philo (2002) Vero Beach, Fla.* 82-87--169
Jill Blanchard (2002) North Dartmouth, Mass.* 84-89--173
Lauren Ritter (2002) Watchung, N.J.* 91-86--177
Alysse Sweeney (2002) Wayne, N.J.* 90-90--180
Jessica Shapiro (2002) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.* WD (Illness)
Lauren Braswell (2003) Basking Ridge, N.J.* WD (Injury)

 
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