ANDREWS, WALKER TIED AFTER FIRST ROUND OF CNL LIFESTYLE COMPANY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Park leads by one stroke at The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent
PROVIDENCE FORGE, Va. — Bo Andrews, 18, of Raleigh, N.C., and Daniel Walker, 17, of Earlysville, Va., posted 2-under-par 70s to tie for the Boys Division lead after Tuesday's opening round of play at the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship. Annie Park, 13, of Levittown, N.Y., shot a 1-under-par 71 to top the Girls Division leaderboard.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship features 99 players from 16 states and two foreign countries. The field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18. The Boys Division is playing The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent as a par-72 at 6,983 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,058 yards.
Andrews played a solid round of golf, carding three birdies and only one bogey on the par-4 eighth hole. Andrews credited his play to positive mentality while playing the very demanding Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent.
“You need to not be negative out there,” Andrews said. “I kept a positive attitude. I thought about where I wanted my shot to go rather than worried about where I didn't want it to go.”
Walker managed his game well, keeping his tee shots out of the long grass that plagued many players. His round was highlighted by a near hole-out for eagle on the par-5 fifth hole.
“I limited my mistakes today,” Walker said. “Whenever I hit a squirrely shot I rebounded well on the next one.”
Ben Heisey of New Bern, N.C., and Allan Day of Midlothian, Va., are tied for third after carding rounds of 1-under-par 71. Rounding out the top five is Jeremy Wells of Hopewell, Va., at even-par 72.
In the Girls Division, Park set herself up well by hitting 13 fairways. After a chip-in birdie on No. 6, Park's approach shot on No. 8 led to a tap-in birdie.
“I had a blind second shot on No. 8,” Park said. “I just hit it around the hill and hoped that I would get it on the green and it wound up lipping out for eagle.”
Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ontario, and Casey Ann Kennedy of Venice, Fla., are tied for second, just one stroke back, 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 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 CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship is Wednesday, August 20 with tee times running off the first tee from 7:15 a.m. — 12:35 p.m. at The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent. For more information about the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship, please contact Tournament Director Whitney Ross at (770) 861-0519.