ZIEDONIS BEATS STORM TO TAKE EARLY LEAD AT AJGA NOTRE DAME JUNIOR OPEN
Two thunderstorms force first round to continue Wednesday in the Girls Division
SOUTH BEND, Ind. ‚ÄĒ Thunderstorms halted play twice Tuesday, the second one ending play for the day, forcing the Girls Division to complete their first round on Wednesday morning at the AJGA Notre Dame Junior Open. The Boys Division completed their first round Tuesday, with Corey Ziedonis of Indianapolis, leading by one stroke.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Notre Dame Junior Open is an 54-hole stroke play event being held at Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. The tournament field consists of 75 Boys and 24 Girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states and four foreign countries. The par-71 course is being played at 6,908 yards for the Boys Division and 5,888 yards for the Girls Division.
Ziedonis started with a birdie on his first hole of the day and continued to card five more birdies to post a 2-under-par 69 in the first round.
‚ÄúToday I putted very well, I was playing well until No. 11,‚ÄĚ Ziedonis said. ‚ÄúThen I hit a mediocre shot into the bunker and struggled to get out but was able to sink a 10 foot putt for double bogey. That got my game going, a small victory even if it was for double.‚ÄĚ
After his double-bogey on No. 11 he said his best birdie came on the par-4 431 yard No. 13 because he was able to gain his momentum back to finish strong to finish at even-par on the back nine.
‚ÄúThe greens were rolling well today and if you keep the ball in play it allows opportunities to for birdies,‚ÄĚ Ziendonis said.
Tied for second are Adam Sumrall of South Bend, Ind., Charlie Phillips of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis., at 1-under-par 70. Rounding out the Boys Division and sitting in a tie for fifth are Theodore Lederhausen of Hinsdale, Ill., and Morgan Dobbins of Jackson, Ohio, at even-par 71.
Only 12 of the 24 players in the Girls Division were able to finish the first round due to a second thunderstorm. The Girls Division will resume play at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to play the remainder of their holes.
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 50 states and more than 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 for the AJGA Notre Dame Junior Open will run from 7a.m.-12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee Wednesday, July 29 at Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. For more information about the AJGA Notre Dame Junior Open, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (574) 631-9792 or visit ajga.org.