DAVIS, SANDHU GRAB FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT FRENCH CREEK GOLF CLUB
Solberg tops Girls Division with 1-under-par 69
ELVERSON, Pa.β After a sweltering first round of the CorseMax/Philidelphia Runner Junior Tuesday, Amory Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Ajeetesh Sandhu of Bradenton, Fla., are tied for the lead in the Boys Division at 2-under-par 69. Lindsey Solberg of Verona, Wis., carded a 1-under-par 69 to top the Girls Division by two strokes.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior is a 54-hole stroke-play competition featuring 95 boys and girls from 21 states at French Creek Golf Club. The Boys Division plays to a par-71 6,538 yards, while the Girls Division plays to a par-70 5,248 yards.
In the Boys Division, Sandhu, 17, capitalized on strong iron play to secure his sub-par round.
βI was not hitting it as far off the tee, but my distance control with my irons was good,β Sandhu said. βOn No. 10, the par-3, I hit my tee shot to a foot and sunk the putt for birdie.β
Davis, who finished second at the Bridgestone Golf Junior Classic in April, attributed his success to his accurate approach shots and his putter.
βI hit a lot of solid shots to the middle of the green,β Davis said. βI gave myself a lot of 15-foot putts and made a lot of good pars.β
Davis also carded an eagle on No. 11 after sinking a 35-foot putt from the fringe to go to 2-under-par.
Chris Rockwell of Owings Mills, Md., Sean Brannan of Hollidaysburg, Pa., and Jeffrey Chen of Walnut, Calif., are tied for third at 1-under-par 70.
In the Girls Division, Solberg hit 10 of 13 fairways on her way to taking the first-round lead.
βBy hitting the fairway, I took any trouble out of play,β Solberg said. βIf I can keep it straight, I will be able to play my game.β
Andrea Watts of Lone Tree, Colo., is in second with a 71, and Katie Conway of Wading River, N.Y., stands in third with a 74.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The second round of the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior will be Wednesday at French Creek Golf Club with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior please contact Tournament Director Greg Smith at (678) 315-3446.