LUSTIG IN FIRST-PLACE CONTENTION AFTER FIRST ROUND OF JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT TOFTREES
Feng shoots even-par 72 for Girls Division lead
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. â€” After the first round of the American Junior Golf Association's Junior All-Star at Toftrees, Bo Lustig of Belle Vernon, Pa., leads the Boys Division after carding a 2-under-par 70. Simin Feng of Orlando, Fla., is in first place in the Girls Division recording an even-par 72.
Conducted by the AJGA, the Junior All-Star at Toftrees is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center. The Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12 - 15 years old. The competition provides an opportunity for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into open tournaments. The 98-player field features players from 19 states and Canada. The course is being played as a 6,578-yard par 72 for the Boys Division and a 5,711-yard par 72 in the Girls Division.
Lustig, 14, said he came into the round trying to hit straight and to the greens. Birdies on Nos. 8, 12 and 13 helped put him atop the leaderboard.
â€śI played pretty solid and had a few fortunate bounces,â€ť Lustig said. â€śI played this course for the last two years; it would be pretty special to have my first win for the AJGA.â€ť
In the running for second place in the Boys Division are Zachary Herr of New Hope, Pa., Cameron Palmer of Gilbert, Ariz., Ryan Davis of Salem, Va., and Kyle Wilshire of Georgetown, Ky., firing 1-under-par 71s.
Feng, 12, said although she felt rushed coming into her round, she managed to pull it together during the front nine. Feng birdied Nos. 4, 8 and 16 for 1-under-par 35 on the front nine and 1-over-par 37 on the back nine.
â€śTomorrow I want to improve on hitting more greens in regulation,â€ť Feng said. â€śMy putting will be most important.â€ť
Coming in second after the first round was Suzie Lee of E. Northport, N.Y., shooting 1-over-par 73. In third place was Alice Choi of Whitestone, N.Y., posting 2-over-par 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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Second-round tee times will run from 7-11:57 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center. For more information about the Junior All-Star at Toftrees, please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 485-1135.