ZECH CLAIMS EARLY LEAD FIRING 6-UNDER-PAR 66 IN KANSAS CITY
Lederhausen holds two-stroke lead at Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ryan Zech of Kearney, Mo., set the mark low, firing a 6-under-par 66 in the opening round of the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior, Tuesday. Alexandra Lederhausen of Hinsdale, Ill., leads the Girls Division by two strokes in the final AJGA event of her career.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Oakwood Country Club. The tournament field features 74 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 21 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,522 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,038 yards.
In hopes of giving himself an early birthday present, Zech took the lead carding five birdies and an eagle on No. 15. The 15-year-old, who turns 16 on Friday, was very comfortable in his first career AJGA event. The 6-under-par 66 sets a new career low for Zech, besting his previous low of 68. Zech did the most damage on the back nine, shooting a 5-under-par 31 while totaling only 11 putts.
“There were pretty good scoring conditions today,” Zech said. “I hit my driver really straight today. There are a lot of birdies out there if you keep your drives safe.”
Ryan Marks of Warrensburg, Mo., sits in second at 4-under-par 68. Kevin Gillick of Scottsdale, Ariz., is in third at 3-under-par 69. Tied in fourth are Harry Higgs of Overland Park, Kan., and Adam Welch of Chesterfield, Mo., at 2-under-par 70.
In the Girls Division, Lederhausen grabbed the top spot early in the day. Of her six birdies, four came on par-5s. The 2008 graduate has signed a National Letter of Intent to play with Northwestern University in the fall, making this her last AJGA event.
“I took advantage of some of the par-5s,” Lederhausen said. “Usually I am nervous in tournaments and my emotions are up and down, but I was really calm today.”
Currently in second is Katie Sylvan of San Diego, sitting at 1-over-par 73. Kristina Nhim of Buena Park, Calif., who shot a 2-over-par 74, is in third.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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.
The second round of the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior is Wednesday, July 30, with tee times running off the No. 1 tee from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. at Oakwood Country Club. For more information about the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678)-617-9406.