NATIONWIDE INSURANCE JUNIOR
PRESENTED BY THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

The Country Club at Muirfield Village
Dublin, Ohio • July 30 - August 2
 

FITZPATRICK, JANDEL SHARE FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT 5-UNDER-PAR
Ross leads Girls Division by one shot after opening-round 73

DUBLIN, Ohio β€” Aaron Fitzpatrick of Orlando, Fla., and Sam Jandel of Dayton, Ohio fired 5-under-par rounds of 67 Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the Boys Division at the Nationwide Insurance Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament. Hunter Ross of Manakin-Sabot, Va., carded a 1-over-par 73 and will take a one-shot lead in the Girls Division into Wednesday's second round.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Nationwide Insurance Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament is a 54-hole stroke-play event being held at The Country Club at Muirfield Village. The

98-player field features players from 19 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the event at 6,812 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 6,084 yards.

Fitzpatrick used pinpoint iron accuracy to produce his opening-round 67, as he made seven birdie putts from within eight feet. Though he recorded three straight bogeys on Nos. 9-11, Fitzpatrick stuck another approach shot to make birdie on No. 12, allowing him to regain momentum and finish the round with four birdies over his final seven holes.

β€œI knew when I made those bogeys that I could come back around and make birdies,” Fitzpatrick said. β€œI made a couple bad swings, but I was able to turn it around and finish strong.”

Jandel, who finished fifth at last month's SAP Junior Open, was able to record his lowest 18-hole round in AJGA competition behind the strength of four birdies and an eagle. Though he finished with a bogey-free 33 on the back nine, Jandel said he relied on his putter to scramble for par on several holes.

β€œI made it a lot harder on myself than it should have been,” Jandel said. β€œI wasn't too confident in my putter coming into this week, but I built it up a lot today and hopefully, I can have another good round with my putter tomorrow.”

Philip Gieseker of Saline, Mich., sits in third place after a 4-under-par 68, and Tanner Murphy of Columbus, Ohio, is in fourth at 3-under-par 69. Alex Lyall of Novi, Mich., and Tyler Ledet of Woodworth, La., are tied for fifth after 2-under-par rounds of 70.

In the Girls Division, Ross used three birdies to pace a steady round. Though a bogey on No. 18 was a black mark on her scorecard, Ross got up-and-down from behind the green and said it will provide confidence heading into the next two rounds.

β€œThat was important just to know that I can recover and end on a good note,” said Ross, who has four top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments and is looking for her first win. β€œIt makes me comfortable with my game because if something goes wrong, I can recover.”

Stephanie Wagstaff of Asheville, N.C., Louisa Shu of West Bloomfield, Mich., Taylor Manning of Brentwood, Tenn., and Suzie Lee of E. Northport, N.Y., recorded rounds of 74 and are in a four-way tie for second.

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Second-round tee times for the Nationwide Insurance Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament will run from 7 β€” 11:48 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 off the No. 1 tee. For more information, please contact tournament headquarters at (614)764-1714, ext. 138.

 
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T
1
Will Chandler
66
T
1
Scott Stevens
66
T
3
Alex Green
67
T
3
William Gordon
67
Girls
Total
1
Latanna Stone
71
T
2
Harmanprit Kaur
72
T
2
Payton Schanen
72
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Boys
Total
1
Brandon Smith
66
2
Mason Greenberg
68
3
Hunter Hammett
70
Girls
Total
1
Maddie McCrary
71
T
2
Courtney Bryant
72
T
2
Julia Johnson
72
T
2
Kathleen Gallagher
72
Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Kory Franks
66
2
Winston Margaritis
67
3
Kyle Covington
68
Girls
Total
T
1
Zijun Yin
70
T
1
Youngin Chun
70
T
3
Sun young Jung
72
T
3
Sara Riascos
72
T
3
Ashley Childers
72
T
3
Athena Yang
72
T
3
Taylor Black
72
T
3
Aubree Jones
72
the Memorial Junior
Boys
Total
T
1
Glenn Piot
140
T
1
Donnie Trosper
140
T
3
Cameron Michalak
144
T
3
Avery Schneider
144
T
3
Elliott Grayson
144
Girls
Total
T
1
Lexie Toth
147
T
1
Lois Kaye Go
147
3
Sybil Robinson
148
Lipari Energy Junior Championship presented by City of London
Boys
Total
1
Andrew Spiegler
67
2
Wells Hooper
68
3
Zach Norris
69
Girls
Total
1
Julia Calbi
70
T
2
Bing Singhsumalee
72
T
2
Jiayu Kong
72
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Boys
Total
T
1
Issei Tanabe
68
T
1
Dan Erickson
68
T
3
Davis Holman
69
T
3
Ari Gulugian
69
Girls
Total
1
Haley Moore
67
2
Morgan Goldstein
70
T
3
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71
T
3
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71
T
3
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71
T
3
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71
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71
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