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Rockaway Hunting Club

Lawrence, New York

July 25-29, 2004



Schepperle and Tomimbang share Girls Division lead


LAWRENCE, N.Y. –Eric Lo, of Yi-Lam, Taiwan, and Keegan Bradley of Hopkinton, Mass., both took advantage of a surprisingly calm day at Rockaway Hunting Club, known for its breezy conditions. They erased one- and two-stroke deficits to tie for the lead at 2-over-par 142 after the second round.


 The lead in the Girls Division also changed hands with Abigale Schepperle of Hoover, Ala., and Mayule Tomimbang of Kissimmee, Fla., both carding a two-round total of 8-over-par 148.


The Lessing’s AJGA Classic is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence, N.Y. The tournament features 84 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 11 states and Taiwin, including 20 from New York.


Making his AJGA debut, Lo started off the day with a shaky start by bogeying hole No. 2 and double-bogeying Nos. 3 and 4 to put him 5-over-par through five holes. Immediately bouncing back, Lo birdied three of his next four holes and finished the rest of the round at 3-under-par.


“My iron play has been pretty good,” Lo said.  “I think I should have played better, but I’m just going to quit putting pressure on myself and have fun.”


 Lo finished the day with five birdies and a 2-over-par 72.


 Bradley, on the other hand, played very consistent golf and hung around par all day. He finished the first 17 holes at even par before a bogey on No. 18 gave him his second consecutive round of 1-over-par 71.


 “I have played pretty solid so far, but need to shoot under par,” said Bradley. “My wedge game has been good and I am definitely trying to win this thing.


 “To be honest, I love the wet and rainy conditions and hope tomorrow is the worst day that we have had.”


 Greg Feldmann of Wellesley, Mass., is in third at 4-over-par 144, while Jimmy Arbes of Westfield, N.J., and Mark Washburn II of Reston, Va., are tied for fourth at 5-over-par 145.


 A soon-to-be Auburn Tiger golfer, Schepperle overtook her younger sister Candace for the lead by firing a 1-over-par 71.


“I hit fairways and greens a lot better today,” Schepperle said. “I am kind of sad that this is my last junior tournament, so I am just going to have a good time.”


 Tomimbang had much more of an up-and-down round as she made five birdies, but also had five bogies to finish at even-par 70.


“I putted really well today,” Tomimbang said.  “It feels really good (being tied for the lead).”


 Susannah Aboff of Huntington, N.Y., is in third just one stroke off the lead at 9-over-par 149.


The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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.


Final-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee at Rockaway Hunting Club. For more information about the Lessing’s AJGA Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (516) 569-0600.


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