CODY LEADS AFTER FIRST ROUND AT THE HP BOYS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Im two strokes back at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge
ORLANDO, Fla. â€” Austin Cody of North Charleston, S.C., leads the HP Boys Junior Championship at 5-under-par 67 at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the HP Boys Invitational is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The tournament field consists of 78 boys, ages 12-18, from 24 states and four foreign countries. The field is playing the par-72 course, home of the PGA TOUR's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, at 7,277 yards.
Cody's round featured seven birdies and two bogeys. Three of those birdies came consecutively on Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
â€śThe three birdies gave me a big boost of confidence from the start,â€ť Cody said. â€śI just putted well and only had one birdie putt over 10 feet.â€ť
Cody, who hit 16 greens in regulation on Tuesday, said he hopes to maintain the lead tomorrow by continuing to hit fairways and greens.
Michael Jae Woo Im of Irvine, Calif., sits in second place at 3-under-par 69. In a four-way tie for third at 2-under-par 70 are Ryan Thornton of Chattanooga, Tenn., Ben Kohles of Cary, N.C., David Sanders of Mt. Laurel, N.J., and Aaron Sherry of Fort Myers, Fla.
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 49 states and 30 foreign countries.
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 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.
Second-round tee times for the HP Boys Junior Championship will run from 7-8:51 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge. For more information, please call Tournament Headquarters at (407) 876-8082.