Story, Aronoff, Green sit in first at the AJGA Music City Junior presented by Toyota
Schubert finishes 3-over-par 75 to lead the Girls Division at Richland Country Club
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Boys Division had a three-way tie for the lead after the first round at the AJGA Music City Junior presented by Toyota. Jack Story of Dickson, Tenn., Sam Aronoff of Santa Monica, Calif., and Alex Green of Fairhope, Ala., finished the first round with a 1-under-par 71. Sofia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn., leads the Girls Division with a 3-over-par 75 after the first round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Music City Junior presented by Toyota is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Richland Country Club. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 20 states and two countries. The Boys Division played the course at 6,848 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,972 yards.
Jack Story, Sam Aronoff and Alex Green are tied at 1-under-par 71 heading into the second round. Story jumpstarted his round with three birdies giving him a 3-under-par 33 at the turn.
“I went into it looking to shoot a 75 since it was my first tournament with the AJGA,” Story said. “I'm looking to approach tomorrow's round about the same as today, maybe a little bit better...I'm telling myself to stay calm and hit the greens.”
Aronoff carded three birdies on the back nine while Green carded five birdies throughout his round. His first tournament of the year, Aronoff went into it with an open mind.
“I was hitting my drives pretty good,” Aronoff said. “I left a couple out there on the putting, but irons were pretty good.”
Green said his putting has been an issue, but he felt better about it today.
“My putting was ok today, but the touch was off on a few putts,” Green said. “I'm just going to work on my putting. I'm going to come out hole by hole and try to not push it but just be patient. The birdies will fall and I'll focus on hitting the greens. I'll just have fun really.”
Sean Stone of Evansville, Ind., follows the leaders in fourth at even-par 72. Connor Nelson of Roscoe, Ill., Ben Wolcott of Burns, Tenn., Leonardo Kitahara of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Blake Messer of Hampton Cove, Ala., Mitchell Yates of Atlanta, Ga., Garrison Hogan of Brentwood, Tenn., and Charlie Flowers of Columbus, Ga., are tied for fifth at 1-over-par 73.
Sofia Schubert holds a 2-stroke lead carding three birdies for a 3-over-par 75. She sits ahead of a three-way tie for second.
“I knew this course was hard because I played the practice round, and it was quite hilly,” Schubert said. “I just wanted to keep it on the fairways and focus on the greens — the greens were pretty fast."
Lacie York of Kingsport, Tenn., Anna Sophia Bohmer of Cali, Colombia, and Madison Kerley of Chandler Ariz., are tied for second after a 4-over par 77 in the first round at Richland Country Club.
About the AJGA
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Along with Toyota, Franklin American Mortgage Company was another important sponsor for the tournament. The AJGA appreciates Franklin American Mortgage Company's support and efforts throughout the tournament week.
Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Richland Country Club. For more information about the AJGA Music City Junior presented by Toyota, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 294-6051.