BASS PRO SHOPS / PAYNE STEWART JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Rivercut Golf Course
Springfield, Mo. • August 1 - 4

Media Score SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- First Round results from the Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Rivercut Golf Course.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6875. Rating: 73. Slope: 127
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6001. Rating: 74.2. Slope: 125

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
T1 Brendon Jelley
2013
Tulsa, Okla. 33-34--67
1 Alvaro Ortiz
2014
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico 34-33--67
T3 Wyatt Larkin
2014
Morganton, Ga. 34-35--69
3 Tripp Roy
2012
Leawood, Kan. 37-32--69
T5 Eli Armstrong
2013
Edmond, Okla. 37-33--70
5 Jacob Choi
2014
Collierville, Tenn. 38-32--70
T7 Grant Hirschman
2014
Collierville, Tenn. 36-35--71
7 Austin Eoff
2013
Benton, Ark. 37-34--71
7 Preston Harrington
2013
Dallas, Texas 34-37--71
7 Josh Radcliff
2013
Coppell, Texas 36-35--71
T11 Jack Comstock
2015
Jacksonville, Fla. 36-36--72
11 Robert Hughey
2012
Overland Park, Kan. 36-36--72
11 Hayden Wood
2014
Edmond, Okla. 37-35--72
11 Donald Stimble
2014
Shell Knob, Mo. 34-38--72
11 Sean Elliott
2011
Westfield, N.J. 37-35--72
11 Andrew McCain
2012
Minneapolis, Minn. 38-34--72
11 Noah Edmondson
2015
Davidson, N.C. 37-35--72
11 Connor Davis
2012
Olive Branch, Miss. 37-35--72
11 Chase Hanna
2013
Leawood, Kan. 35-37--72
T20 Ross Thornton
2012
Leawood, Kan. 36-37--73
20 Tyler Reynolds
2012
Little Rock, Ark. 36-37--73
T22 Zachary Tate
2012
Leawood, Kan. 36-38--74
22 David Abolt
2012
Cuba, Mo. 39-35--74
22 Joey Johnson
2012
Ozark, Mo. 38-36--74
22 Brian Wade
2013
Parkville, Mo. 36-38--74
22 Will McDonald
2012
Sapulpa, Okla. 39-35--74
22 Logan Coffman
2012
Lake Quivira, Kan. 36-38--74
22 Miles Aduddell
2013
Ozark, Mo. 39-35--74
22 Matthew Green
2012
Lenexa, Kan. 36-38--74
T30 RayVaun Christenson
2012
Ozark, Mo. 38-37--75
30 Conner Schrock
2012
Mission Hills, Kan. 40-35--75
30 Jacob Wherley
2011
Ozark, Mo. 40-35--75
T33 Todd Alan McDonald
2013
Little Rock, Ark. 39-37--76
33 Weston Hunt
2014
Flower Mound, Texas 39-37--76
33 Josh Edison
2011
Springfield, Ill. 38-38--76
33 Hunter Zetsche
2012
Frisco, Texas 37-39--76
33 Jacob Fair
2012
Monett, Mo. 39-37--76
33 Trey Kidd
2013
Honolulu, Hawaii 38-38--76
T39 Jackson Hess
2012
Okmulgee, Okla. 38-39--77
39 Alexander Higgs
2013
Overland Park, Kan. 39-38--77
39 Nicholas McCall
2013
Winnetka, Ill. 41-36--77
39 William Byrne
2013
Raymore, Mo. 39-38--77
39 Corbin Sellers
2012
Louisville, Ky. 37-40--77
39 Jordan Mueser
2012
Normal, Ill. 38-39--77
T45 Conley Hurst
2013
Little Rock, Ark. 38-40--78
45 Tanner Harrington
2012
Dallas, Texas 39-39--78
45 Mitchell Mather
2012
Lebanon, Mo. 38-40--78
45 Bryant Evans
2014
Flower Mound, Texas 40-38--78
45 Will Echelmeier
2012
Columbia, Mo. 44-34--78
45 Danny Summers
2013
Mission Hills, Kan. 41-37--78
45 Connor Murphy
2013
Searcy, Ark. 39-39--78
T52 Rustin Purser
2012
Edmond, Okla. 41-38--79
52 Ryan Haxel
2012
St. Louis, Mo. 41-38--79
52 Drew Greenwood
2012
Hot Springs, Ark. 43-36--79
52 Tony Simons
2011
Overland Park, Kan. 38-41--79
52 Connor Knabe
2013
Leawood, Kan. 37-42--79
52 Grant Campbell
2013
Waukee, Iowa 39-40--79
52 Ben Bevilacqua
2013
Tulsa, Okla. 38-41--79
52 Isaac Vandersee
2013
West Des Moines, Iowa 41-38--79
52 Clayton Moles
2013
Marshfield, Mo. 38-41--79
52 Brock Bolton
2012
Salem, Ill. 38-41--79
52 Dylan Bekemeier
2014
Republic, Mo. 40-39--79
T63 Jackson Foth
2012
Lake Quivira, Kan. 39-41--80
63 Ryan Sulsberger
2011
Mapleton, Iowa 44-36--80
63 Ryan Gutz
2013
Storm Lake, Iowa 41-39--80
63 Nate Smith
2012
Benton, Ark. 42-38--80
T67 Harrison Moore
2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 40-41--81
67 Grant Smith
2013
Johnston, Iowa 40-41--81
69 Taylor Mihok
2012
Aledo, Texas 39-44--83
70 Robert Mahaffey
2014
Rogersville, Mo. 41-44--85
71 Henry Simpson
2012
Mission Hills, Kan. 42-46--88
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Dylan Siebenaler
2013
Sugar Land, Texas
89-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Sarah Schmelzel
2012
Phoenix, Ariz. 35-34--69
2 Jordan Chael
2013
Overland Park, Kan. 31-39--70
3 Grace Choi
2013
Dallas, Texas 38-35--73
4 Vivian Hsuan Chen
2013
(Taiwan) Bradenton, Fla. 38-37--75
5 Caroline Boone
2012
Wynne, Ark. 41-37--78
T6 Maggie Neece
2013
Colleyville, Texas 39-40--79
6 Katherine Guo
2012
Arcadia, Calif. 40-39--79
6 Patricia Lee
2012
Lone Tree, Colo. 39-40--79
T9 Brooke LaRue
2012
Topeka, Kan. 40-40--80
9 Alison Armstrong
2016
Tampa, Fla. 41-39--80
T11 Anne Willman
2013
Prairie Village, Kan. 40-41--81
11 Cassie Wang
2013
Lenexa, Kan. 37-44--81
11 Jennifer Kim
2012
Collierville, Tenn. 43-38--81
T14 Margaret Alumno
2011
Springfield, Mo. 39-43--82
14 Anna Grace Lavy
2015
Fayetteville, Ark. 42-40--82
14 Kaci McCartan
2011
Plano, Texas 42-40--82
17 Jiayi Xiao
2013
Foshan, China 45-38--83
18 Sun young Jung
2015
Springfield, Mo. 45-39--84
19 Grace Yowell
2012
McPherson, Kan. 43-43--86
T20 Brittney Jostes
2012
Weldon Spring, Mo. 44-43--87
20 Lindsey Eisenreich
2012
Fenton, Mo. 46-41--87
22 Libby Croom
2012
Russellville, Ark. 44-48--92
23 Allison Dunham
2012
West Chester, Ohio 52-48--100
24 Peyson Shields
2012
Nixa, Mo. 54-49--103
 

Ortiz, Jelley lead the Boys Division at the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship
Schmelzel captures lead after first round at Rivercut Golf Course

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Alvaro Ortiz of Zapopan, Mexico and Brendon Jelley of Tulsa, Okla., both fired a 5-under-par-67 to open the first round of the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship. Sarah Schmelzel of Phoenix, Ariz., leads the Girls Division after shooting a 3-under-par 69.

Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. The tournament field includes 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18 from 19 states, China, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan, and South Korea. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,875 yards and the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,001 yards. Ortiz recorded two top-five finishes this year in the AJGA events he has played in. The Mexico native carded a bogey-free first round, even through scorching temperatures. Ortiz's short game helped him shoot a low score on Tuesday.

I got up and down from hard spots, and made my putts. My putts were key for scoring low, Ortiz said.

Similar to Ortiz, Jelley has also finished in the top-five in two events. The class of 2013 grad recorded six birdies on the round. Jelley's gameplan worked out well for him in the first round of this tournament.

I was looking to make as many pars as I could, and not really have any slip-ups, Jelley said.

Both Jelley and Ortiz will play in the same group in the second round.

Tripp Roy of Leawood, Kan., and Wyatt Larkin of Morganton, Ga., tied for third place at 3-under-par 69. Rounding out the top five was Jacob Choi of Collierville, Tenn., and Eli Armstrong of Edmond, Okla., at 2-under-par 70.

In the Girls Division, Schmelzel has placed well at this event before, with last year's second place finish. Schmelzel's current polo golf ranking is No. 105. The Phoenix, Ariz., native carded four birdies in the opening round. Schmelzel was aided by her up-and-down abilities from short range.

I was hitting good wedge shots when I had a wedge in my hand. I would put the ball within 5 feet and get easy birdies, Schmelzel said.

Jordan Chael of Overland Park, Kan., sits alone in second place at 2-under-par 70. Rounding out the top three is Grace Choi of Dallas, Texas at 1-over-par 73.

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Second-round tee times for the Bass Pro Shops/ Payne Stewart Junior Championship will run from 7:30 a.m.  9:31 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Rivercut Golf Course. For more information about the Bass Pro Shops/ Payne Stewart Junior Championship contact Tournament Director Courtney Jones at (678) 617-9406.

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