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THE LINCOLN MERCURY JUNIOR AT CANOE BROOK
Canoe Brook Country Club - North Course
Summit, N.J. • August 15 - 18
 

 

DEFOREST LEADS BOYS DIVISION BY ONE STROKE AT 2-UNDER-PAR 142
Grehan jumps from fourth to first at The Lincoln Mercury Junior at Canoe Brook

 

SUMMIT, N.J. Christopher DeForest of Cottikill, N.Y., shot 37-35—72 for a two-round 142 to break out of a first-round tie with Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., for the top spot in the Boys Division. Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., shot 1-under-par 71 to take over the Girls Division lead after 36 holes at The Lincoln Mercury Junior at Canoe Brook.

                Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, The Lincoln Mercury Junior at Canoe Brook is being held at the Canoe Brook Country Club – North Course. Eighty-five junior golfers from 13 states, Ontario and China, including 22 from New Jersey, are competing in the 54-hole stroke play event.
                The 16-year-old DeForest said this is his first AJGA tournament in three years, and is hoping to earn his first tournament victory of 2005. He said he had trouble off the tee and with his short game, which he hopes to straighten out for the final round.

                “I played well, but it was a frustrating day. I missed some relatively easy putts,” he said. “The only thing I did good was hit the irons well. I played great, but I had a rough day driving.”

                DeForest carded two bogeys on the front nine before ending the round with his third bogey on 18. He also posted three birdies, including a hole out from the back of the bunker on No. 10. As he prepares for the final round, DeForest said he just wants to keep himself in a position to win.

“You can hit the ball poorly and score well if you make a lot of putts,” he said.

Defending champion Uihlein finished the round at 1-under-par 143, and in second. Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China, is in third with a 144, while Conor O’Brien of Weatogue, Conn., finished fourth with a 1-over-par 145. In fifth with a 146 is Samuel Kim of Cerritos, Calif.

                After starting on No. 10, Grehan shot 2-over-par on her first nine holes and finished the front nine with a 3-under-par 33 to end the round at 71. She said an improved short game and maturity have led to her success this summer, although she would like to take home the Girls Division title.

                “I have not won a tournament yet this summer. I want this one,” she said.
                Grehan hit 10 fairways, 12 greens, and posted four birdies and three bogeys in the second round. The
New York native said the traditional-style Northeast course is what she is used to playing, which gives her confidence for the final round.

                “I’m excited. I’ve played a lot this summer,” she said. “I want to go into tomorrow thinking positive and staying consistent.”

                Moving into second place after two rounds is Kaitlin Conway of Wading River, N.Y., with a 3-over-par 147, followed by Michelle Grilli of Lutherville, Md., and Angela Oh of Maple Shade, N.J., in a tie for third at 148.

                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, the largest Association of its kind, 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, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park and Cristie Kerr.

                Tee times for the final round of The Lincoln Mercury Junior at Canoe Brook will begin Thursday, at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information on The Lincoln Mercury Junior at Canoe Brook, call tournament headquarters at (908) 522-8383, ask for the AJGA.