Wolcott tops Boys Division at Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic
Schubert leads Girls Division after first round play
ROME, Ga. — Ben Wolcott of Burns, Tenn., finished the first round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic with a career low-score of 5-under-par 66 to lead the Boys Division. Leading the Girls Division with a first-round score of 1-over-par 72 was Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga. The tournament field consists of 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from ten states, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,823 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,030 yards.
Wolcott finished the day with a total of seven birdies to give him an early lead over the rest of the Boys Division. He started off with an early birdie that gave him an extra boost of confidence.
“On No.2, which is a par 5, I hit it on in two and then two putted for a birdie,” Wolcott said. “That gave me the confidence I need for the rest of the round.”
After a first-round finish, Wolcott hopes to keep the streak going by remaining consistent throughout the next two rounds.
“This course makes me feel a lot more confident about my game because I struggled the past few weeks,” Wolcott said. “I just have to hit fairways and greens and make putts like I did today. It should all work out from then on.”
Following in the Boys Division were Brendon Caballero of Brentwood, Tenn., Andy Shim of Duluth, Ga., Austin Padova of Hudson, Fla., and Shea Sylvester of Roswell, Ga., who all tied with a score of 3-under-par 68.
In the Girls Division, Schubert also had an early birdie on No. 1 to set her game in the right direction. She continued to play a steady round throughout the day with three birdies and 11 pars that placed her at the top.
“After I made the long putt on No. 1 for birdie, I felt really good,” Schubert said. “I could have made a few more putts today, but I kept it in the fairway and I was consistent so I'm pleased with my round.”
Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Maria Maymon of Huixquilucan, Mexico, Ana Raga of Caracas, Venezuela, and Caroline Beebe of Daphne, Ala., who also finished in a tie with a 2-over-par 73.
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Second-round tee times for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will run from 7:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Coosa Country Club. For more information about the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, please contact the Tournament Headquarters at (678) 294-6051 or visit ajga.org.