The Apawamis Club

Rye, New York

July 19-22, 2004



Tincher and Smith open 4-shot lead in the Girls Division


RYE, N.Y. – Olavo Batista Filho of Bronxville, N.Y., and Ryan Schneiter of Lebanon, Pa., were the only two players in the field of 99 to break par in the opening round of the Marsh Junior at Apawamis. The duo fired 1-under-par rounds of 71 and share a one stroke lead.


Courtney Tincher of Greenwich, Conn., and Nicole Smith of Riverside, Calif., shot rounds of 3-over-par 75 and opened a four- shot lead in the Girls Division.


The Marsh Junior at Apawamis is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y. The tournament features 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 13 states, including 34 from New York.


Filho, a native of Brazil who moved to the United States three years ago, bogeyed his first hole but rattled off three birdies to make the turn at 2-under-par 34. After battling the back nine, a birdie at No. 18 was the fitting end to one of the day’s low rounds.


“This is not an easy course,” said Filho, who moved to New York last year after spending two years in Florida. “You really have to hit it straight. Accuracy is what matters.


“I hit a lot of fairways and that gave me a lot of opportunities for birdies.”


 Schneiter used a similar strategy to tame The Apawamis Club, leaving his driver in the bag on all but five holes. Still, it was his putter that kept his momentum going.


“My putter really saved me today,” said Schneiter, who needed just 25 putts his entire round. “I really liked the fast greens out here.”


Timothy Hager of Ivyland, Pa., is in second place after an even-par 72. Dave Christie of New Canaan, Conn., Billy Macknis of West Chester, Pa., Brad Nicholson of Chandler, Ariz., and Peter Uihlein of North Dartmouth, Mass., are tied for fourth after rounds of 1-over-par 73.


 In the Girls Division, only four players managed to break 80 – with Tincher and Smith leading the way.


Tincher fired a front-nine 42, but never lost her confidence. She rebounded by firing a 3-under-par back nine, highlighted by two birdies in her final three holes.


“I was hitting the wrong clubs and making bogeys that were holding me back.,” said Tincher, who lives just 10 minutes from The Apawamis Club. “I was hitting the ball well and didn’t get discouraged.”


 Smith, who traveled across the country for a run of tournaments on the East Coast, had a rollercoaster of a round that included four birdies.


“I did putt pretty well,” Smith said. “There are a lot of blind shots out here and being from California, I’m not used to that. The greens are also pretty slick with a lot of break, and I’m not used to that, either.”


 Jaclyn Sweeney of Andover, Mass., and Kasi Lee of Paramus, N.J., are tied for third after rounds of 7-over-par 79.


The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.


Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.


AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Christie Kerr and Beth Bauer.


Second-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday off the No. 1 tee at The Apawamis Club. For more information about the Marsh Junior at Apawamis, please contact tournament headquarters at (914) 967-2100.


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