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Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, N.C. • August 7 - 10


Carr, Harter shoot low to lead Girls Division


SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – Jack Fields of Southern Pines, N.C., came out firing in Tuesday’s first round of the Golf Pride Junior Classic to go 6-under-par 65.  Corrine Carr of Pinehurst, N.C., and Courtney Harter of Clearwater, Fla., lead the Girls Division after carding  2-under-par 69s to claim a three stroke lead.

The Golf Pride Junior Classic, hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, home of the 2001 and 2007 U.S. Women’s Open. The field includes 99 players ages 12-18 from 20 states, Australia and Peru. Corrine Carr, 2005 champion, returns to defend her title in the Girls Division.

Fields carded eight birdies on the day to finish six strokes under par for first-round play. Starting the day with a 30-foot putt for birdie and missing, Fields said the miss is just what he needed to get motivated.

“I missed a putt on No. 1 and got pretty fired up after that,” Fields said. “I knew I could play well, I could take it deep all three days, I just had to hit the ball well.”

Going into second-round play, Fields says he knows he has to play another good round of golf to stay atop of the leaderboard.

“I need to keep playing like I did today,” Fields said. “I want to put a little heat on the rest of the guys.”

Rounding out the Boys Division were Hunter Hamrick of Montgomery, Ala., and David Palm of Jacksonville, Fla., both tied for second with a score of 5-under-par 66. Bruce Woodall of Yanceyville, N.C., and Matthew Stasiak of Clarence, N.Y., are tied for fourth after round-one play with scores of 3-under-par 68.

Defending champion Carr said she did not have many expectations coming into the tournament other than playing a solid round.

“I wanted to play well,” Carr said. “This is my last junior tournament and I wanted to come in with the same attitude as all my other tournaments to have a good round.”

Playing alongside Carr, Harter knew patience was going to be key to a solid round of golf.

“I just wanted to be patient,” Harter said. “You can’t win a tournament the first day, but you can lose it.”

Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Hannah Yun of Bradenton, Fla., and Christine Shimel of Kennett Square, Pa., both tied for third with scores of 1-over-par 72.

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 an annual 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, which is in its third decade of support, 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 compiles more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.

                Second round tee times begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, off the No. 1 tee at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. For more information on the Golf Pride Junior Classic please contact tournament headquarters at (910) 692-7111.