FOCUS HELPS FRIBBS OBTAIN FIVE-STROKE LEAD
Three-way tie for second at 1-under-par 71
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Derek Fribbs of Castle Rock, Colo., carded a 6-under-par 66 Saturday to capture the lead after the first round of the Medicus Preseason Junior at Albuquerque.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Albuquerque is a 36-hole stroke play event being held at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course. The 84-player field features players from 20 states and Canada. The course is being played at 6,881 yards.
Coming into the tournament Saturday, Fribbs said he was working on his mental game and playing relaxed which seemed to pay off.
“I didn't lose focus after my bogey,” Fribbs said, referring to his fourth hole of the day.
Fribbs responded with a birdie on No. 15, his sixth hole of the day to record a 1-under-par 35 on his first nine. He then carded five birdies on the back nine for a 5-under-par 31.
“I felt the best on holes where I had a 12-footer or less,” Fribbs said.
To continue his hot play, Fribbs said he wanted to work on his driver for Sunday's final round.
Payne Wilkie of Austin, Texas, David Lowe of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Bogart Strauss of Rancho Mirage, Calif., are tied for second, each carding 1-under-par 71s. In a four-way-tie for fifth after shooting even-par for the day were Ben Esparza of Tucson, Ariz., Jake Hedge of Billings, Mont., Sam Saunders and Chandler Smith-Stetson, both of Albuquerque, N.M.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
Medicus Golf and The Medicus Golf Institute are dedicated to enabling all golfers to “Live Their Vision” in reaching their potential. By expanding its corporate vision, mission, products and services, Medicus Golf will enable golfers to learn and grow — both as a person and as a player — in a series of new and exciting developmental formats.
Medicus Golf enters its second year of sponsorship of the AJGA by supporting the Medicus Preseason Series. The Medicus Learning System, a comprehensive series of golf training aids, is dedicated to assisting golfers of all ages.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association¹s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Sunday's final round tee times will start between 7 — 8:57 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the Medicus Preseason Junior at Albuquerque, please contact Tournament Director John Egnot at (678) 617-2420.