KLUNE, SORENSON CLAIM SHARE OF FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT FUTURE LEGENDS
Feng takes possession of first in Girls Division at The Legend at Brandybrook
WALES, Wis. â€” Bradley Klune of Itasca, Ill., and Michael Sorenson of Hartland, Wis., both shot even-par 71 on the first day of the Future Legends to share a first-place tie atop the Boys Division. On the girls' leaderboard, Simin Feng of Orlando, Fla., sits alone in first at even-par 71.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, Future Legends is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at The Legend at Brandybrook. The 90-player field features players from 14 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,794 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 5,955 yards.
On a sunny and temperate Wednesday where the golfing conditions were supreme, Klune and Sorenson were able to stay steady and consistent, never allowing a bad hole to influence the rest of their round. In Klune's case, he responded to a bogey on the par-4 No. 10 with an eagle on the par-5 No. 13, giving him momentum to close out his afternoon on a high note and stake a share of his first ever lead at an AJGA event.
â€śIt has been a long time, but I finally put a full round together,â€ť Klune said. â€śI had a 40-yard chip-in for eagle on No. 13, and that really helped pull everything in the right direction.â€ť
For Sorenson, it was his final nine holes which helped vault him to the top of the leaderboard. His score of 3-under-par 33 on the back, including four birdies and four pars, was the best nine holes of the day in the Boys Division. Just like Klune, Sorenson has never held a lead in an AJGA event, however he has a good gameplan for the rest of the week.
â€śI am just going to play the rest of the tournament like I did today,â€ť Sorenson said. â€śI hit the ball pretty solid and made a lot of fairways and greens, so I just need to keep doing that.â€ť
Also in the Boys Division top five are Sam Frank of Oconomowoc, Wis., with an opening-round total of 1-over-par 72, Richard Lamb of South Bend, Ind., who carded a 2-over-par 73 and Anthony Aicher of Wausau, Wis., Eduardo Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., Joey Garber of Petoskey, Mich., and Steve Skurla of Wheaton, Ill., all who shot a 3-over-par 74.
Feng, 13, had an inauspicious beginning to her round after carding two bogeys on her first three holes. However, on a golf course where patience is key, Feng was able to stay within herself and come back strong with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. Her spectacular back nine of 3-under-par 33, which included three birdies and an up-and-down on the challenging par-4 No. 14, is how she took sole possession of first place. Feng, who is no stranger to an early lead, knows that the next day is just as important as the first.
â€śI have taken a lot of early leads in tournaments, but always played bad the next day,â€ť Feng said. â€śTomorrow, I just have to make sure I get my drives in the fairway and play well on the par 3s.â€ť
Tied for second are Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., and Ashley Armstrong of Flossmoor, Ill., both having recorded a 3-over-par 74.
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Second-round tee times for Future Legends will run from 6:30 â€” 11:20 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at The Legend at Brandybrook Wednesday. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (262) 968-9717 ext. 211, or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.