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Palmetto Hall Plantation – Robert Cupp Course
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
July 5-9, 2004

Concolino takes first-round Girls Division lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Wallace Palmer of Augusta, Ga., and Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash., lead a close and competitive field after the first round of the Hargray Junior Classic.  Both players shot a 1-under-par 71 to take the lead the Boys Division.  In the Girls Division, Jacqui Concolino of Orlando, Fla., matched the low round of the day with a 1-under-par 71 and leads by one shot heading into Thursday’s second round.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Hargray Junior Classic features 85 players, 63 boys and 22 girls, ages 12-18 from 17 states.  The 54-hole stroke play event is being held at the Palmetto Hall Plantation’s Robert Cupp Course for the first time.

Palmer and Stanley each carded four birdies on the day en route to being the only Boys Division competitors under par.  Palmer took advantage of every birdie opportunity on the challenging course.

“I just figured that if I gave myself some chances, I’d make some good putts,” said Palmer, who birdied both par-5s on the front nine.  “That’s what I did on the par-5s—I hit good tee shots and basically had tap-ins for birdie on both holes.”

While Palmer attacked on the first day, Stanley was sizing up the course.

“I need to put myself in better position by going at more pins tomorrow,” said the Seattle-area native Stanley, who admittedly spent a majority of Wednesday adjusting to the Palmetto Hall Plantation’s Bermuda grass greens.  “I’m going to attack the greens tomorrow, but I’ll stay with the same game plan off the tee.”

Palmer and Stanley will have to attack during round two with three players sitting only one shot back.  Florida natives Nuno Henriques of Bradenton, and Thomas Hugghins of Ponte Verda Beach, along with Benjamin Kishigan of Warner Robbins, Ga., all carded even-par 72s on day one.

Like the Boys Division leaders, Concolino also enters Thursday’s second round with a one-stroke advantage.  Starting off of the 471-yard, par-5 No. 10, she made birdie on her first hole and never looked back.

“I birdied four of my first ten holes, and I felt like everything was working pretty well today,” said the 16-year-old Concolino.  “I hit good shots with every club today.”

Concolino capped off her round with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 9. 

One stroke back of Concolino at even-par 72 is Julie Bartholomew of Marietta, Ga.  Bartholomew had six birdies on the day.  Joy Kim, the Hargray Junior Classic Qualifier medalist, sits alone in third after a first-round 73. A rare hole-in-one highlighted Wednesday’s first round.  Charlotte, N.C. native Corey Nagy had a hole-in-one on the 210-yard, par-3 No. 12.

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The second round of the Hargray Junior Classic will start off of Nos. 1 and 10 tees at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.  For more information on the Hargray Junior Classic, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2425.