MOORE FIRES 7-UNDER-PAR 65 FOR LEAD IN LUBBOCK
Lim up by six strokes at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University
LUBBOCK, Texas — Taylor Moore of Edmond, Okla., recorded four consecutive birdies on Nos. 9, 10, 11 and 12 to finish at 7-under-par 65 after the first round of the Junior All-Star at Lubbock hosted by Randy Smith. Tiffany Lim of San Jose, Calif., posted a 4-under-par 68 to take the Girls Division lead Tuesday.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Lubbock hosted by Randy Smith is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. The tournament field consists of 88 boys and 21 girls, ages 12 to 15, from 20 states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,817 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,859 yards.
Moore carded eight birdies and 26 putts on the day and said his strong short game helped him to surpass a previous personal best score of 67. Moore completed the front nine at 3-under-par 33. He picked up momentum making the turn and had the best hole of his round.
“On No. 10 I hit a 7-iron and it stopped three feet away from the hole,” Moore said. “I had just made a birdie on No. 9 and that really got me going.”
In an eight-way tie for second at a 2-under-par 70 are Thomas Lim of Moorpark, Calif., Connor Kurtz of Edmond, Kevin Foley of The Woodlands, Texas, Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo., Kraig Mcleod of Pebble Beach, Calif., Corey Hayford of Friendswood, Texas, Ryann Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Jake Katz of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Tiffany Lim recorded seven birdies during the round, including three in a row on Nos. 15, 16 and 17. Lim believed her success around the greens helped her to gain a six-stroke advantage.
“I was really confident with my putting,” Lim said. “I committed to every line and every shot.”
Following in second is Heather Proctor of Silver Spring, Fla., at 2-over-par 74. Lily Bartell of Cave Creek, Ariz., sits in third at 3-over-par 75.
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.
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.
The second round of the Junior All-Star at Lubbock hosted by Randy Smith is Wednesday, July 23 with tee times running off the No. 1 tee from 7 a.m. — 1 p.m. For more information please contact Tournament Headquarters at (806) 742-4680.