MONAS AND COYLE SHARE FIRST ROUND LEAD AT 2-OVER-PAR
Tough conditions take their toll on contestants at Red Tail Golf Club
AVON, Ohio â€” Kent Monas of Perry, Ohio, and Michael Coyle of Powell, Ohio, put together 2-over-par 74s to share the lead after a cold and windy first round at the Medicus Preseason Junior at Red Tail.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Red Tail is being held at Red Tail Golf Club in Avon, Ohio. Part of the Medicus Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Red Tail is a 36-hole stroke play event and consists of 84 boys, ages 12-18. The players hail from 12 states and Canada. The par-72 golf course is playing to 6,513 yards.
Monas, who started the day on No. 10, opened with a double bogey and followed that up with a bogey on No. 11. He then proceeded to play the next 16 holes at 1-under-par.
â€śI played smart,â€ť said Monas. â€śI only hit my driver four or five times to keep myself in play.â€ť
Coyle, who began the day on No. 1, led off with a bogey on his way to a front-nine 39. He followed that with a 1-under-par 35 on the back-nine to earn a share of the first-round lead.
â€śI've played in qualifiers before, but never an actual tournament,â€ť said Coyle. â€śMy goal is to shoot 74 or better tomorrow, and hopefully that will be good enough to win.â€ť
Payne Gniewek of Trenton, Mich., is alone in third after shooting an opening-round 75. Luke Sherrod of Knoxville, Tenn., is alone in fourth with an opening-round 76. Scott Schuitema of Muskegon, Mich., and Drew Davidson of Canton, Ohio are tied for fifth with opening-round 77s. Jarryd Lentz of Monroe, Ohio, Ryan Davis of Salem, Va., Michael Sudzina of Greenwood, Ind., Patrick Kirby of Paris, Ontario, and Josh Bamberger of Waterloo, Ontario, are all tied for seventh with opening-round 78s.
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.
The Medicus Preseason/Postseason Series is designed for new AJGA members or members who have yet to play in an AJGA event. The series provides an opportunity for members to gain status in Performance Based Entry, which in turn will increase their ability to play in future AJGA events.
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.
Final-round tee times begin at 8 a.m. Sunday off Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Red Tail Golf Club. For more information on the Medicus Preseason Junior at Red Tail, please contact tournament headquarters at (440) 937-6018 ext. 248.