ANDERSON AND HOPFINGER SHARE BOYS DIVISION LEAD AT FUTURE LEGENDS
Gulugian leads Girls Division with 2-over-par 73 at The Legend at Brandybrook
WALES, Wisc. — Troy Anderson of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Brad Hopfinger of Lake Forest, Ill., carded 3-over-par 74s Wednesday to share the first round lead of the Future Legends at The Legend at Brandybrook. Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif., leads the Girls Division after recording a 2-over-par 73.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Future Legends is being held at The Legend at Brandybrook. The tournament field consists of 63 boys and 27 girls from 20 states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,836 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,983 yards.
Anderson was able to bounce back after starting with a quadruple bogey on the first hole to then card three birdies on the back nine en route to a 3-under-par 33. Anderson was pleased with his overall performance and hopes to play well for the rest of the tournament.
“I'm just not going to shoot an eight on the first hole,” Anderson said. “That's my game plan, it's that simple. I played well the rest of the way.”
Hopfinger also had a rough start, sitting at 4-over-par through the first five holes. He said he was able to gain momentum after getting up and down on the par-3 sixth hole. Hopfinger said everything was able to come together after that and he plans on using what he learned today to help him through the rest of the tournament.
“I want to start better and play cautious. I learned par is a good score here,” Hopfinger said. “I started leaving myself in position to at least get up and down for par and take advantage of the par fives.”
Vincent India of Deerfield, Ill., Josh Reinertson of Gibbon, Neb., Daniel Ellis of Negaunee, Mich., Alex Lavin of Highland Park, Ill., Matthew Elverman of Genoa City, Wis., and Stewart Hagestead of Newport Beach, Calif., are all tied for third after shooting 4-over-par 75s.
In the Girls Division, Gulugian hit her tee shot off No. 1 into the water, but was able to knock her third shot from 108 yards with a knock-down 8-iron into the hole for the birdie. Gulugian said she gained confidence after that shot and just kept going.
“I hit really good drives today and I was really sticking my iron shots,” Gulugian said. “I thought I was playing well, but I didn't want to get ahead of myself. I just played my game.”
Mitsuki Katahira of Wheaton, Ill., is in second, two strokes back in the Girls Division after posting a 4-over-par 75. Julie Yang of Phoenix, is in third after carding a 6-over-par 77.
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Second-round tee times will begin at 6:30 a.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee at The Legend at Brandybrook. For more information about Future Legends, please contact tournament headquarters at (262) 968-9717 ext. 211.