Six Birdies and an Eagle Bump Buchanan into the Lead at the Mexican Golf Federation Junior Open
Ruiz stays consistent to lead the Girls Division at El Tigre Golf & Country Club at the Riviera Nayarit
NUEVO VALLARTA, Nayarit, México — Through
two rounds of the Mexican Golf Federation Junior Open, Andrew Buchanan
of Los Altos Hills, Calif., is alone at the top of a crowded
leaderboard after a 2-under-par 70 at El Tigre Golf & Country Club
at the Riviera Nayarit. Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, México still remains
five shots clear of the Girls Division after a 4-over-par 76 in the
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Mexican
Golf Federation Junior Open is a 54-hole stroke play event held at El
Tigre Golf & Country Club at the Riviera Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta,
Narayit, México. The 67-player field boasts junior golfers from six
states, México and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the course at
6,960 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 5,987 yards.
Buchanan started off his round with a triple bogey on No. 1,
but came back with birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to finish even-par on the
front nine. He rounded out his day with an eagle and two birdies on the
final five holes to shoot 2-under-par 70.
“I had five birdies yesterday, so I knew there were going to
be many more chances for me throughout the round today to come back
from my rough start,” Buchanan said. “I hit good iron shots and made
the putts to score well.”
Sam Chun of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., is in second place after
a second-round 1-under-par 71. A group of six players are tied for
third place. Brothers Roberto and Patrick Sanchez of Mazatlan, México,
Christopher Macasaet of Rancho Murieta, Calif., Kraig McLeod of Pebble
Beach, Calif., Domenico Geminiani of Bradenton, Fla., and Gustavo
Romero of México City all have a two-day total of 1-over-par 145.
After going 3-over-par through her first four holes of the
day, Ruiz made the turn hoping to card an even-par 36 on her back nine.
She recorded nine straight pars to finish her day at 4-over. She hopes
that Monday's final round will follow the steady pace of the first two
“I am going to play the best I can,” Ruiz said. “I am going to
stay confident and concentrate more on the shots that are difficult. I
could have played better today, but I need to focus more on those
difficult types of shots.”
Tied for second place, five shots behind Ruiz, are Regina
Plasencia of Zapopan, México, and Robynn Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif.,
with a two-day total of 8-over-par 152.
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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 provides valuable exposure for
college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys
and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49
states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all
junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving
Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial
assistance to young players in need.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and
professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400
victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods,
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Final-round tee times will run from 8 — 9:50 a.m. off Nos. 1
and 10 tees Monday, June 14. For more information about the Mexican
Golf Federation Junior Open, please contact Tournament Director Rob
Ockenfuss at (678) 425-4976.
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