JAMEY TAYLOR LEADS BOYS DIVISION IN SECOND-EVER AJGA EVENT
Won Joo Choi Tops Girls Division with a 4-under-par 68
HUMBLE, Texas—Jamey Taylor of Friendswood, Texas, shot a 4-under-par 68 Tuesday to lead the Boys Division by one stroke following the first round of play at the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship in Humble, Texas. Won Joo Choi of Temecula, Calif., tied her career low round, carding a 4-under-par 68 to earn the top position in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship is being held on The Jacobsen Hardy Course at Redstone Golf Club. The par-72 course is set up at 7155 yards for the Boys Division and 6008 yards for the Girls. The tournament field consists of 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18 from 12 different states. The field includes six Rolex Junior All-Americans and 69 Texas residents.
Having played only one AJGA tournament previously in 2005, Taylor shot his best-ever tournament round by two strokes. Overall, Taylor contributed his tremendous play to hitting his irons consistently close to the hole, which resulted in seven birdies.
“I hit my irons well and made my putts for birdie,” said Taylor. “The course was playing easy (for me) and the flags were accessible.”
He plans to concentrate on simply playing his game and hopefully coming out on top when play ends Thursday.
Jeff Campbell of Conway, Ark., did well on the first 13 holes of the day hitting every fairway, but faltered on the last four, ending the day at a 3-under-par 69. Chris Miller of The Woodlands, Texas, shot a 33 on the back nine and 37 on the front nine to finish with a 2-under-par 70.
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division were seven junior golfers who shot 1-under-par 71s. Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, John Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas, Riley Pumphrey of Georgetown, Texas, Cory Whitsett of Houston, Jared Sheperd of Kingwood, Texas, Eric Durbin of Houston and Christopher Walker of The Woodlands are tied for fourth position after 18 holes.
In the Girls Division, although making bogey on holes 16 and 17, Choi's game otherwise appeared perfect. The 16-year-old shot 68 only one other time in tournament play. Most recently she tied for 18th place at the Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“The combination (driving and short game) was good today,” said Choi who made six birdies. “Whenever I missed the fairway or greens, I ended putting and chipping well.”
For rounds two and three, Choi's main goal is to simply try her best.
Two Texas natives, Lisa McCloskey of Montgomery and Lila Barton of Dallas shot 2-under-par 70s to round out the top-three finishers in the Girls Division.
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. 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, Candie Kung, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.
Second-round tee times will run from 7-8:57 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 on The Jacobsen Hardy Course. For more information on the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship, please call tournament headquarters at (281) 459-7800.