POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC
PGA National Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. •
November 19 - 25
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. --
results from the Polo Golf Junior Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 7131. Rating: 75.5. Slope: 149 Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6275. Rating: 77. Slope: 142
Wood claims medalist honors at Polo Golf Junior Classic
Jutanugarn, Boutier carry top seeds into match play at PGA National Resort & Spa
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., shot two consecutive under-par rounds in stroke play qualifying to claim medalist honors at the Polo Golf Junior Classic and take the first seed into match play. Moriya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, and Céline Boutier of Montrouge, France, tied for medalist honors in the Girls Division.
The Polo Golf Junior Classic, which has been conducted annually since 1978, marks the first tournament of the American Junior Golf Association's 2012 season. The 156-player invitation-only field is made up of 78 boys and 78 girls, ages 12-18, from 24 states, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries. Former champions include Stewart Cink (1989), Trevor Immelman (1995), Tiger Woods (1991), Paula Creamer (2002), Grace Park (1994, 1996) and Morgan Pressel (2004).
During Tuesday's second round, the Boys Division played the Champion Course (7,131 yards, par 71), while the Girls Division played the Haig Course (6,275 yards, par 72). The tournament fields were cut to the low 32 players and ties following the second round.
After carding a 5-under-par 67 in the first round of stroke play qualifying, Wood brought the momentum over to the Champion Course for the second round. His first round combined with his 1-under-par 70 in the second round bested the rest of the Boys Division by one stroke. With medalist honors comes the top seed heading into match play.
“Coming into this tournament, my goal was just to make match play, but after yesterday, I knew I could make different goals,” Wood said. “I'm excited to get on into match play tomorrow.”
First-team Rolex Junior All-Americans advancing to match play include: Connor Black of Houston; Parker Derby of Columbus, Ga.; defending champion Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C.; Motin Yeung of Orlando, Fla.; Matthew NeSmith of North Augusta, S.C.; Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas; and Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, Calif.
Jutanugarn and Boutier each had a share of the lead following the first round. With second rounds of 1-under-par 71 for both, they will take the top-two seeds into match play. This marks the second consecutive year Jutanugarn has claimed medalist honors at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
“It's good to be on top going in, but I want to do better in match play this year,” Jutanugarn said. “My driver is working well for me right now and it is making it easier to stay in the fairway.”
Boutier, a quarterfinalist at last year's Polo Golf Junior Classic, plans to use her match play experience to guide her through the next round.
“Match play is very different and anything can happen,” Boutier said. “It's nice to be in the lead, but in match play, it doesn't matter who was ahead.”
First-team Rolex Junior All-Americans advancing to match play in the Girls Division include: Jutanugarn, Boutier, Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky.; Gabriella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; defending Polo Golf Junior Classic Champion Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla.; Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J.; Shannon Aubert of Reunion, Fla.; and Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga.
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First-round matches will begin Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., while second-round matches will begin around noon. The Girls Division will play its first-round matches on the Haig Course, while all other Girls and Boys Division matches will be held on the Champion Course. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (561) 627-2000, ext. 6455.
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The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
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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.