BURGETT H. MOONEY, JR. ROME CLASSIC
Coosa Country Club
August 2-5, 2004
TENNESSEE NATIVES STORM LEADERBOARD IN ROME
Lawrenceville native Kim leads Girls Division
ROME, Ga. – Seventeen-year-old Ryne Fisher of Clarksville, Tenn., holds a 1-shot lead after finishing the first round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic with a stellar 6-under-par 64. Knoxville, Tennessee natives David Holmes and Bud Reynolds carded 65 and 66 respectively and sit only one stroke apart entering Wednesday’s second round. Currently holding the lead in the Girls Division after day one is Joy Kim of Lawrenceville, Ga., at 2-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic features 99 players, 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 13-18 from 12 states. Forty-seven juniors hail from the host state of Georgia. The 54-hole stroke play event is in its ninth year at Coosa Country Club. While the Boys Division par is 70, the Girls Division par for the course is 72.
Even bogeys on Nos. 10 and 13 couldn’t keep Fisher out of the lead after Tuesday’s first round. During his solid front nine, Fisher made three birdies en route to a 32 at the turn. The rising senior ended the day with five birdies on the back nine to finish at 32-32—64.
“I went into the round knowing that I would have to shoot low on this course to do well,” Fisher said. “It just got me in good shape and I didn’t have to press hard to stay low. I was able to really go for the flagsticks and make the birdies that I needed.”
After carding an impressive 35-30—65, Holmes is one shot off the lead. The round started off with nine pars on the front and picked up dramatically with five birdies on the back. He credits this low round to a series of lucky saves on the front nine.
“I was really lucky to have some good par saves after missing some greens on the front,” the Knoxville native said. “I just started hitting the ball better at the turn and my putter got pretty hot. I gave myself a 15-foot birdie putt on every hole on the back.”
Holmes’ high school teammate and fellow Knoxville resident Bud Reynolds currently sits alone in third place after finishing with a 4-under-par 66.
“We are all pretty good friends out here and get to play together a lot,” Reynolds’ teammate Fisher said about the other leaders. “It’s not like it is in most sports because we really like to see each other do well out here.”
Rounding out the Boys Division leaderboard after day one are Austin Weathington of Alpharetta, Ga., and Samuel Kim of Cerritos, Calif., who carded matching 67s.
Joy Kim takes a three shot lead into round two after firing four birdies in her round on Tuesday. Kim was 1-under-par on both sides with a 35-35—70. Kim attributes being the only Girls Division participant under par to a recent swing change.
“I gained ten or twenty yards on my drive before I came to this tournament,” the 14-year-old Kim said. “I’m able to hit nine irons or eight irons into the green now instead of hitting longer irons.”
Tied in second place after shooting first-round 73s are Georgia natives Alina Lee of Evans, Jennifer Adyorough of Atlanta, and Rebecca Durham of St. Simons Island and Christa Cloutier of Niceville, Fla.
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The second round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will begin Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (706) 234-7131(ext. 377) or visit ajga.org.