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BURGETT H. MOONEY, JR. ROME CLASSIC
Coosa Country Club
Rome, Georgia
August 2-5, 2004
 
NORTHCUTT CLIMBS TO LEAD ENTERING FINAL ROUND
Georgia native Adyorough takes Girls Division lead

ROME, Ga. – Rising senior Glenn Northcutt of Dothan, Ala., did just that on Wednesday, rising to the top of the leaderboard after firing a 4-under-par 66 in the second round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic for a tournament total of 6-under-par 134.  In the Girls Division, Jennifer Adyorough of Atlanta, was the only girl under par on Wednesday, carding a 2-under-par 70 for a tournament total of 143.

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 13 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.

After finishing sixth in last year’s Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, Northcutt took advantage of moving day by sinking six birdies during his round.  After going 3-under-par on the front nine, the Rolex Junior All-American recovered from bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 by making birdie on the par-4 No. 12.

“I really tried to stay focused after No. 11 and put the ball close to have a chance for birdie,” said the 17-year-old Northcutt.  “If I can hit my driver consistently well tomorrow I think I’ll be tough to beat—I’m putting extremely well right now.”
First-round leader Ryne Fisher is tied for second place at two shots off the pace after carding a 36-36—72 on Wednesday. 

Playing through afternoon temperatures nearing 100 degrees, the Clarksville, Tenn., native couldn’t catch the same breaks that he did during his first-round 6-under-par 64.

“I got my fair share of breaks yesterday, but I couldn’t get any today,” said Fisher, who had two birdies and two bogeys on the day.  “We’re all going to have to go low tomorrow to catch Glenn—he’s a great player.”

After firing 66 and 69 respectively, Hudson Swafford of Tallahassee, Fla., and Samuel Kim of Cerritos Calif., are tied with Fisher in second place.  Zack Sucher of Mobile, Ala., sits three shots back of the lead at 69-68—137.

Adyorough’s 35-35—70 earns her a two-stroke advantage heading into Thursday.  The 2004 Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville champion made four birdies on the day including back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10.

“I’m just trying to play par golf and when I get the opportunity to make birdies, I have to make sure I make them,” the 15-year-old rising sophomore said.  “I’m going to play tomorrow like it was the first day of the tournament and hope I can shoot under par.”

Two shots back of Adyorough are first-round leader Joy Kim of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Alina Lee of Evans, Ga., at 145.  Lee fired a par-72 on Wednesday, hitting every fairway and 14 greens on the day.  She credits her ball striking ability as the key to her 16 pars during round two.

“I think I could have played better today—I had five birdie putts lip out,” said the 14-year-old Lee.  “My ball striking made up for my missed putts though, and I think I put myself in a good position for tomorrow.”

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 AJGA has a membership 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.

The final round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will begin Thursday 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).