PENNINGTON USES SEVEN BIRDIES TO OPEN WITH 69 AT AURORA COUNTRY CLUB
Savich shoots even-par 72 to lead Girls Division in Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora
AURORA, Ill. — Jack Pennington of Eugene, Ore., carded seven birdies to overcome very few mistakes on his way to a 3-under-par 69 in the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora. Milena Savich of Carmel, Ind., carded an even-par 72 to lead the Girls Division by three strokes after round one.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora is a 54-hole stroke play event being played at Aurora Country Club. The tournament field consists of 99 players, 75 boys and 24 girls, from 20 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,664 yards and the Girls Division at 6,079 yards.
After a strong start through his first four holes, Pennington hit an errant tee shot on No. 5 that ended up out of bounds and provided his only real setback of the day.
“I started off well and was 2-under through four holes,” Pennington said. “I went out of bounds on No. 5 but I kept getting up and down and making birdies so it ended up alright.”
Tied for second at 2-under-par 70 are Ross Frankenberg of Barrington, Ill., and Bradley Klune of Itasca, Ill. Another stroke back in a six-way tie for fourth are Anthony Aicher of Wausau, Wis., John Beringer of Loveland, Ohio, Benjamin Nelson of Lisle, Ill., Matt Solis of Bettendorf, Iowa, Shang Zhi of Bradenton, Fla., and Lorens Chan of Honolulu at 1-under-par 71.
Four birdies and a strong back nine helped Savich to a comfortable lead in the Girls Division heading into the second round.
“I hit 10 greens today, and when I missed I was getting up and down,” Savich said. “Hopefully tomorrow I can get out and hit more greens.”
Three-strokes back at 3-over-par 75 are Alexandra Lederhausen of Hinsdale, Ill., and Jaclyn Shepherd of Delafield, Wis.
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.
Second-round tee times will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee Wednesday. For more information about the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora please contact Tournament Headquarters at 630-892-3785 and ask for the AJGA.
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