MEHL FIRES 5-UNDER-PAR 67 TO LEAD RAIN-SOAKED SMITHFIELD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Girls Division to resume play Wednesday at 8 a.m.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. â€” Battling a five-hour rain delay and his fellow competitors, Cory Mehl of Seattle shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a four-stroke lead in the Boys Division of the Smithfield Junior Championship. The Girls Division first round was suspended due to darkness and will resume play Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Smithfield Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke-play event being held at New Castle Country Club in New Castle, Pa. The 99-player field features players from 22 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the event at 6,587 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 6,029 yards.
Mehl started the day with a birdie on No. 1 and entered the rain delay at 1-under-par after four holes. After resuming play, he got right back into his groove, with birdies on Nos. 10, 14, 15 and 16. He said his putter played a big role in his success.
â€śI hit a lot of 10-foot putts for par when I needed to,â€ť Mehl said. â€śAfter the rain delay, I just stayed calm and patient. I'm from Seattle, so I am used to these soft, fast greens. Tomorrow, I just need to stay aggressive and play like I am three shots back all day.â€ť
Christopher Burger of Cincinnati is in sole possession of second place after carding a 1-under-par 71. Grant Martens of Pittsburgh, Edward Waller of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Dustin Denzik of LaGrange, Ky., Tyler Light of Massillon, Ohio and Ryan Mason of Bridgeport, W. Va., are all tied for third after shooting even-par 72s.
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 49 states and 25 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989.
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.
First-round play will resume Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. for the Girls Division. All second-round tee times for the Smithfield Junior Championship will run from 7:30 â€” 12:18 p.m. with a 30-minute delay off the No. 1 tee. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Julie Kickbusch at (770) 617-3050.