THREE TIED FOR LEAD IN BOYS DIVISION AFTER SHOOTING 2-UNDER-PAR 70
Trio of girls take one-stroke lead at Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. β After first round
action at the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands closed
out Tuesday, three are deadlocked for first in both the Boys and Girls
Divisions. Taking the early lead for the boys by posting a 2-under-par
70 are Michigan-natives Billy McKay of Grand Blanc, and Matthew
Thompson of Battle Creek. Also atop the leaderboard is Samuel Chavez of
Hillsborough, Calif. Aimee Neff of Carmel, Ind., Seo Hee Moon of
Mukilteo, Wash., and Kayley Kempton of Littleton, Colo., have taken a
one-stroke lead in the Girls Division.
The Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands is a
54-hole tournament presented by the American Junior Golf Association at
Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich. The 144-player field
boasts 105 boys and 39 girls from 27 states and Canada.
McKay fired birdies on Nos. 7, 9 and 16, allowing him to go
2-under-par for the day. Thompson made eagle on the 510-yard, par-5 No.
13, and then birdied No. 16. After starting his round on No. 10, Chavez
was able to card three birdies on the back nine and then tally a front
nine score of 1-over-par 37.
βI got off to a good start today,β Chavez said. βMy putting was
strong, but I need to do a better job on the front nine tomorrow. I
want to get off to a great start tomorrow as well.β
Standing alone in fourth-place is Michael Cress of Dublin,
Ohio, after posting a 1-under-par 71. In a four-way tie for fifth is
Andrew Frame of Manteno, Ill., Mark Johnson of Tulsa, Okla., Chan Kim
of Honolulu, and Ronnie Coriasso, Jr. of Grand Blanc, Mich. Each carded
an even-par 72 on the Donald Ross Memorial course.
Facing a stiff northwest wind, Neff, Moon and Kempton each
were able to card 79s on the day, taking a one-stroke lead in the Girls
βIt was pretty windy today,β Kempton said. βI was able to
make the proper adjustments to play the wind. My iron shots were good
on the front and my drives were pretty good. I need to make longer
There is also a three-way tie for fourth place. Ashley
McKenney of Scottsdale, Ariz., Emily Childs of Alameda, Calif., and
Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ontario, each carded 80s for the day.
Anne Ormson of Granger, Ind., Kate Scarpetta of Moosic, Pa., Shannon
Warner of Livonia, Mich., Avi Hockfield of Gladwyne, Pa., and Joanna
Coe of Mays Landing, N.J., each sit in seventh place two strokes off
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 largest association of its kind,
the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of
approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign
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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung
and Paula Creamer.
Second round action will begin Wednesday, July 5 with an 8:30
a.m. start off Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Donald Ross Memorial. For more
information about the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands
please call tournament headquarters at (231) 526-3102.