THREE TEXANS TIED AT 4-UNDER-PAR 68 TO LEAD AJGA NEW MEXICO OPEN
Yang cards 2-under-par 70 to lead Girls Division at Sandia Golf Club
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — James Sullivan of Katy, Texas, Brenden Redfern of Austin, Texas, and Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, sit atop the leaderboard in the Boys Division of the AJGA New Mexico Open after rounds of 4-under-par 68. Michelle Yang of Los Angeles has a two-stroke lead in the Girls Division after her first-round 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA New Mexico Open is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Sandia Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 99 players, 75 boys and 24 girls from 19 states and Mexico. The Boys Division is being played at 7,291 yards and the Girls Division at 6,184 yards.
Sullivan opened his round on the front-nine with a 5-under-par 31. Sparked by five birdies, he gave himself the opportunity to go low early on.
“I hit my irons well today and was able to get a lot of opportunities for short birdie putts,” Sullivan said.
Schnitzer started off opposite of Sullivan, opening with four pars before carding a birdie on No. 5.
“I gave myself short birdie putts on the par-5's and played them at 3-under-par overall, that was key for me today,” he said.
Much like his fellow Texans, Redfern carded multiple birdies and hit a number of greens. The highlight of his day, however, was no bogeys on his card.
“I didn't have any bogeys on my card today,” Redfern said. “I played a really solid round and just hit quality golf shots all day.”
In a tie for fourth at 3-under-par 69 are Reid Martin of Mukilteo, Wash., Paul McConnell of Garland, Texas and Austin Rising of Albuquerque, N.M.
Yang had a successful day very similar to that of the boys' leaders. Carding four birdies, and only two 3-putt bogeys, she was able to fire a 3-under-par 33 on the back nine.
“I 3-putted Nos. 8 and 9 but was able to make up for it on the back nine,” Yang said. “Everything went really well for me today.”
In a tie for second at even-par 72, are Yang's playing partners Bonnie Hu of Fremont, Calif., and Casey Grice of College Station, Texas.
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.
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Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sandia Resort & Casino features a world class golf experience that offers a visually stunning and strategic 18-hole golf course designed by Scott Miller, complete practice facility and a 16,000 square foot "Pueblo" style clubhouse featuring restaurant, golf shop and expansive patio. Sandia opened to rave reviews having been honored with the afore mentioned Golf Magazine accolade and winning the 2005 golf "Development of the Year" award from Golf Inc Magazine. The golf club at Sandia is a key amenity to the Sandia Resort & Casino that is already a popular gaming and entertainment venue. In 2006, Sandia opened a world class resort that features 228 luxurious, oversized guest rooms including over 30 suites. Every guest room and suite is highlighted by awe-inspiring views of the Albuquerque skyline or the rugged wildness of the Sandia Mountains. The resort also includes over 35,000 square feet of "state of the art" entertainment, meeting & convention space that can accommodate groups up to 3000, a 12,000 square foot spa and a multitude of dining options including a 410 seat signature buffet, steakhouse and Bien Shur, the roof top gourmet restaurant with an indoor/outdoor entertainment lounge with the most breath-taking views this side of the Valle Grande.
The golf facility at Sandia Resort & Casino is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 30 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and Mexico. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit www.obsports.com, or call 480.948.1300.
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Sandia Resort & Casino is a business enterprise of the Pueblo of Sandia and is part of a master-planned development on Sandia land just outside of Albuquerque. Located at I-25 and Tramway Road, Sandia Casino employs 1,900 New Mexicans, 1,300 of them employed by the casino.
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 — 11:48 a.m. off the No. 1 tee Wednesday. For more information about the AJGA New Mexico Open, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters 505-798-3731.
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