WALLACE LEADS TIGHT FIELD AFTER FIRST ROUND AT BOLTON
Anai takes control of Girls Division
BOLTON,Mass. â€“ Jeff Wallace of Franklin, Mass., opened a one shot lead in the Boys Division after firing a 2-under-par 70 in the first round of the Fidelity Investments Junior Classic.
Lala Anai of Lexington, Mass., shot a 1-over-par 73 to take command of the Girls Division over Catherina Wang of Orlando, Fla.
The Fidelity Investments Junior Classic is a 54-hole event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The International â€“ Pines Course. The event features 98 of the nationâ€™s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 14 states and Canada.
Aside from a double-bogey on hole No. 15, Wallace played bogey-free golf and fired a 1-under-par 35 on both sides of the course.
â€śI love this course,â€ť Wallace said. â€śI pretty much ripped driver all day.
â€śI hit a snag on No. 15, but other than that I played well.Itâ€™s fun being out here with some of the best juniors in America.â€ť
Cornelius Carroll of Windermere, Fla., and Cody Paladino of Kensington, Conn., are tied for second after firing rounds of 1-under par 71. Matt Giftos of Nashua, N.H., is in fourth at even-par.Seven others are tied for fifth at 1-over-par, including Warren West of Chestertown, Md., who used a 4-iron on the 202-yard, par-3 No. 16, to record a hole-in-one.
Anai enjoyed the luxury of three birdies scattered throughout her round to also take a one shot lead into Wednesdayâ€™s second round.
â€śMy short irons were good,â€ť Anai said. â€śMy long putts were also good, but my short putts were terrible. I need to putt better overall and finish strong on No. 18.â€ť
Behind Anai and Wang, Seung-Hyun Lee of Kennett Square, Pa., shot a 3-over-par 75 and is in third place.
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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.