BRADSHAW TAKES ONE-STROKE LEAD AT WOODWARD VIDEO JUNIOR AT THE GREENBRIER
Umpant, Ruengmateekhun lead Girls Division at The Greenbrier - Meadows Course
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Thomas Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., is the leader in the clubhouse Saturday after the opening round at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier with a 3-under-par 68. Monica Umpant of Cerritos, Calif., and Amy Ruengmateekhun of Garland, Texas, sit in a tie for first after posting first-round scores of 2-over-par 73.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier is a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Greenbrier — Meadows Course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The field features 99 boys and 33 girls, ages 12-18, from 22 states, Chile and Canada. The par-71 course is being played at 6,756 yards for the Boys Division and 6,068 yards for the Girls Division.
Bradshaw started his round solid after making a birdie on his first hole, the 335 yard par-4 No. 1 and continued to drop birdies on Nos. 3, 5, 6 and 13 to take a one-stroke lead.
“My best up and down of the day was No. 16 out of the bunker,” said Bradshaw. “It was the only hole I got into trouble and it was a good save for par.”
Bradshaw felt his putting game and hitting 12 out of 14 fairways contributed to him finishing 2-under-par 33 on the front nine and 1-under-par 35 on his second nine.
Cyrus Stewart of Raleigh, N.C., Alex Lloyd of Virginia Beach, Va., and Joshua Chay of Greer, S.C., sit in tie for second at 2-under-par 69. Rounding out the Boys Division in a five-way tie for fifth are Geoff Vartelas of Cromwell, Conn., Hogan Vaughn of Huntsville, Ala., Cameron Ward of Irvine, Calif., Paul Sansom of Russellville, Ky., and Ryan Trocchio of Norcross, Ga., at 1-under-par 70.
In the Girls Division Umpant said her best moment was when she made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 after not playing well.
“On No. 10, I went up and down out of the bunker and made a putt to save par,” Umpant said.
The California native felt she had a strong back-nine to finish 1-under-par 35 and plans to focus on her putting game in the second round.
Ruengmateekhun had a rocky start after making a bogey on her first hole of the day, but that did not stop her from carding three birdies on her next five holes.
“I had only 28 putts today,” Ruengmateekhun said. “On No. 3 I dropped a 15-foot birdie putt then followed it with a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 4.”
Ruengmateekhun felt her round was decent and said she will take it as a first round score and hopes to hit more fairways Sunday.
Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., and Victoria Nguyen of Santa Ana, Calif., enter the second round in a tie for third at 3-over-par 74.
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 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier will run from 8 — 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 — 2 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Sunday, September 6, at The Greenbrier — Meadows course. For more information about the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier please contact Tournament Director Courtney Jones at (678) 617-9406 or visit ajga.org.