LESSING’S AJGA CLASSIC
Rockaway Hunting Club
GIULIANI FIRES 1-UNDER-PAR 69 AND TAKES FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT LESSING’S
In the Girls Division, Candace Schepperle of Hoover, Ala., overcame a rollercoaster of a round to fire a 2-under-par 68 and take a commanding five-shot lead.
The Lessing’s AJGA Classic is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Rockaway Hunting Club in
On a day when steady rain and wind on
But it wasn’t until No. 16 that Giulini said he played his best hole. The result? A bogey.
“I hit a punch 9-iron out-of-bounds long, then hit pitching wedge close and made bogey,” Giulini said. “To stick that pitching wedge at that point was big. Those are the ones that keep you going.”
One stroke back in second place is Eric Lo of
Schepperle, 16, opened with birdies on her first two holes. After back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 3 and 4, Schepperle birdied Nos. 5 and 9 to make the turn at 1-under-par 34.
“I made a lot of birdies today. I just struck it well,” said Schepperle, whose best AJGA finish was fourth at the 2003 Hargray Junior Classic. “The bad weather didn’t really affect me. You just have to concentrate more.”
On the back nine, Schepperle again had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11 and 12. Another birdie at the par-4 No. 15 gave her seven on the day.
“It was a little up-and-down,” Schepperle said. “I just didn’t think about the last shot or last hole. I just kept playing along and making more birdies.”
Alone in second place is Susannah Aboff of
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Second-round tee times begin at Wednesday off the No. 1 tee at Rockaway Hunting Club. For more information about the Lessing’s AJGA Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (516) 569-0060.
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