PRESSEL FIRES 5-UNDER 67 IN BOGEY-FREE FIRST ROUND AT ROLEX GIRLS
Schelling, Lu, Park round out Rolex Girls Junior Championship leaderboard
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With her second AJGA Invitational victory of the year in her sights, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., fired a 5-under-par 67 to build a two-shot lead over Kristen Schelling of Mesa, Ariz., in the first round of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Girls Junior Championship is one of 11 Invitationals on the AJGA schedule, highlighting 77 of the nation's best junior girl golfers, 14 of which are Rolex Junior All-Americans. The 54-hole event is being played on the LPGA International — Legends Course and features junior golfers from 21 states and four foreign countries—Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan.
The four-time Rolex Junior All-American and 2005 Thunderbird International Junior champion carded five birdies and zero bogeys. With one of only four sub-par rounds, Pressel looks to add one more victory to her resume that includes nine AJGA crowns. A victory in Daytona would give Pressel four Invitational victories in fewer than 365 days (Rolex Tournament of Champions, July 2004; Polo Golf Junior Classic, Nov. 2005; Thunderbird International Junior, May 2005).
“I never put myself in jeopardy of making a bogey,” said Pressel, who qualified to compete in the Women's U.S. Open Monday. “I was really consistent all day—hitting fairways and greens.”
Also carding five birdies, Schelling shot a 3-under-par 69 to leave herself in close range of Pressel. Hitting 10 of 14 fairways, Schelling controlled her front nine, posting a 4-under-par 32 and continued to hold on to finish at the top of the leaderboard.
“I had some big par saves on the back nine,” Schelling said. “I got it in the hole when I needed to. I looked at an opportunity and went with them.”
Four-time Rolex Junior All-American In-Bee Park of Las Vegas shot a 2-under par 70 to tie with Hsiao-Ching Lu of Taipei, Taiwan, for third. Glory Yang of Murrieta, Calif., Natalie Sheary of West Hartford, Conn., Catherina Wang of Orlando, Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Kathleen Ekey of Wadsworth, Ohio, all shot even-par 72 to round out the top five.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(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 a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Second-round tee-times run from 7:30 — 9:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees of the LPGA International — Legends Course. For more information on the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, please contact Tournament headquarters at (386) 274-1549.