ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Blessings Golf Club
Johnson, Ark. • June 28 - July 2

Media Score JOHNSON, Ark. -- First Round results from the Rolex Tournament of Champions conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Blessings Golf Club.
Boys Par: 37-35--72. Yardage: 7313. Rating: 76.5. Slope: 145
Girls Par: 37-35--72. Yardage: 6277. Rating: 77.9. Slope: 148

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Sam Straka
2011
Valdosta, Ga. 36-33--69
T2 Shane Lebow
2010
Santa Barbara, Calif. 35-35--70
2 Shun Yat Hak
2012
Lake Mary, Fla. 37-33--70
2 Drew Czuchry
2010
Auburn, Ga. 36-34--70
T5 Patrick Rodgers
2011
Avon, Ind. 35-36--71
5 Anthony Paolucci
2011
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 34-37--71
5 Nicholas Reach
2011
Moscow, Pa. 37-34--71
8 Jason Roets
2011
(South Africa) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. 42-30--72
T9 Will Zalatoris
2014
Plano, Texas 38-35--73
9 Tanner Kesterson
2011
Plano, Texas 36-37--73
9 David Mills
2010
Evansville, Ind. 35-38--73
9 AJ McInerney
2012
Henderson, Nev. 36-37--73
T13 Jordan Janico
2010
Duluth, Ga. 34-40--74
13 Sean Kelly
2011
Staten Island, N.Y. 34-40--74
13 Shugo Imahira
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 39-35--74
13 Drew Johnson
2013
Oak Ridge, N.C. 37-37--74
T17 Michael Kim
2011
Del Mar, Calif. 40-35--75
17 Gavin Hall
2013
Pittsford, N.Y. 36-39--75
17 Jeffrey Lee
2010
Overland Park, Kan. 37-38--75
17 Taylor Moore
2012
Edmond, Okla. 39-36--75
17 Cody Proveaux
2012
Leesville, S.C. 39-36--75
17 David Lee
2012
Houston, Texas 39-36--75
17 Cyril Suk
2011
(Czech Republic) Bradenton, Fla. 41-34--75
T24 Blake Biddle
2010
St. Charles, Ill. 37-39--76
24 Bryce Chalkley
2010
Richmond, Va. 42-34--76
24 Lorens Chan
2012
Honolulu, Hawaii 41-35--76
24 Thomas Stewart
2011
St Augustine, Fla. 40-36--76
24 Preston Valder
2011
Yorba Linda, Calif. 38-38--76
24 Hunter Stewart
2011
Nicholasville, Ky. 38-38--76
T30 Kyle Lewis
2010
Shawnee, Okla. 36-41--77
30 Jay Hwang
2011
San Diego, Calif. 40-37--77
30 Tom Lovelady
2011
Birmingham, Ala. 39-38--77
30 Curtis Thompson
2011
Coral Springs, Fla. 39-38--77
T34 Eli Juren
2011
Austin, Texas 41-37--78
34 Zachary Olsen
2013
Cordova, Tenn. 38-40--78
34 Wesley McClain
2010
Diboll, Texas 39-39--78
34 Lucas Bjerregaard
2011
Frederikshavn, Denmark 39-39--78
T38 Alex Lloyd
2012
Virginia Beach, Va. 39-40--79
38 Sean Bosdosh
2010
Clarksburg, Md. 35-44--79
38 Jeff Wibawa
2010
Encino, Calif. 42-37--79
38 Billy Kennerly
2011
Alpharetta, Ga. 40-39--79
T42 Tyler Dunlap
2011
Westlake, Texas 39-41--80
42 Zachary Herr
2013
New Hope, Pa. 42-38--80
42 Blake Soni
2010
Bradenton, Fla. 35-45--80
42 Kolton Crawford
2011
Mansfield, Texas 37-43--80
42 Zachary Coats
2012
Springdale, Ark. 41-39--80
42 Jack Perry
2010
Santa Barbara, Calif. 40-40--80
42 Emiliano Grillo
2011
(Argentina) Bradenton, Fla. 40-40--80
42 Clancy Waugh
2013
North Palm Beach, Fla. 40-40--80
T50 Daisuke Matsubara
2013
Osaka, Japan 40-41--81
50 Macgregor Hoobery
2011
Santa Maria, Calif. 40-41--81
50 Ben Itterman
2010
Carlsbad, Calif. 42-39--81
50 Kramer Hickok
2011
Plano, Texas 42-39--81
50 Theodore Lederhausen
2010
Hinsdale, Ill. 41-40--81
50 Rocky Khara
2010
Sebring, Fla. 42-39--81
T56 Chad Merzbacher
2012
Dublin, Ohio 41-41--82
56 Blake Morris
2011
Waterbury, Conn. 42-40--82
T58 Zachery Munroe
2011
Charlotte, N.C. 40-43--83
58 Nick McLaughlin
2012
New Castle, N.H. 42-41--83
58 Sean Romero
2011
Texarkana, Ark. 43-40--83
61 Sam Bernstein
2010
Riverdale, N.Y. 40-44--84
T62 Payne Denman
2010
Riverwatch, Tenn. 46-39--85
62 Nick Tremps
2011
Williamsburg, Va. 42-43--85
64 Lee McCoy
2012
Clarkesville, Ga. 35-51--86
T65 James Monnerville
2011
Vero Beach, Fla. 41-46--87
65 Daniel De La Garza
2013
Monterrey, Mexico 46-41--87
T67 Matthew Mabrey
2011
Little Rock, Ark. 40-48--88
67 Will Pearson
2010
Memphis, Tenn. 44-44--88
67 Simon Miller
2011
Albuquerque, N.M. 45-43--88
T70 Patrick Winther
2010
Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. 45-45--90
70 Brandon Pederson
2011
Austin, Texas 44-46--90
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Alejandro Villasana
2013
Monterey, Mexico
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Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Samantha Wagner
2015
Windermere, Fla. 36-36--72
T2 Gabriella Then
2013
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 38-35--73
2 Sammi Stevens
2010
Hereford, Texas 40-33--73
2 Yueer Cindy Feng
2014
Orlando, Fla. 37-36--73
2 Kaira Martin
2011
Paradise Valley, Ariz. 36-37--73
2 Kristen Park
2011
Buena Park, Calif. 37-36--73
T7 Rachel Morris
2010
Carlsbad, Calif. 37-37--74
7 Emily Tubert
2010
Burbank, Calif. 37-37--74
7 Sierra Sims
2013
Austin, Texas 37-37--74
10 Moriya Jutanugarn
2013
Bangkok, Thailand 41-34--75
T11 Luz Alejandra Cangrejo
2010
Bogota, Colombia 42-34--76
11 Michelle Piyapattra
2010
Corona, Calif. 37-39--76
T13 Emily Collins
2010
Colleyville, Texas 41-36--77
13 Portland Rosen
2010
Sugar Land, Texas 40-37--77
13 Erynne Lee
2011
Silverdale, Wash. 40-37--77
13 Emma Talley
2012
Princeton, Ky. 42-35--77
13 Marijosse Navarro
2014
San Antonio, Texas 40-37--77
T18 Irina Paulin Gabasa
2011
Cebu, Philippines 40-38--78
18 Elizabeth Breed
2010
Waynesboro, Pa. 37-41--78
18 Doris Chen
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 41-37--78
18 Chessey Thomas
2010
Spokane, Wash. 38-40--78
18 Ani Gulugian
2010
Irvine, Calif. 38-40--78
18 Alison Lee
2013
Valencia, Calif. 40-38--78
T24 Annie Park
2013
Levittown, N.Y. 41-38--79
24 Amira Alexander
2012
Alpharetta, Ga. 39-40--79
24 Seo Hee Moon
2010
Mukilteo, Wash. 38-41--79
T27 Harin Lee
2010
Bayside, N.Y. 38-42--80
27 Anne Cheng
2013
Torrance, Calif. 40-40--80
27 Karen Chung
2013
Livingston, N.J. 40-40--80
27 Gabriela Lopez
2012
Mexico City, Mexico 43-37--80
27 Ariya Jutanugarn
2014
Bangkok, Thailand 40-40--80
T32 Anna Kim
2012
Chandler, Ariz. 40-41--81
32 Jordan Lippetz
2013
Bradenton, Fla. 42-39--81
32 Briana Mao
2011
Folsom, Calif. 41-40--81
32 Beverly Vatananugulkit
2011
Cerritos, Calif. 39-42--81
32 Amy Ruengmateekhun
2010
Garland, Texas 39-42--81
T37 Monica Umpant
2011
Cerritos , Calif. 44-38--82
37 Hana Lee
2011
Hacienda Heights, Calif. 39-43--82
37 Lauren Kim
2012
Los Altos, Calif. 44-38--82
37 Jessica Vasilic
2013
Anaheim Hills, Calif. 42-40--82
T41 Victoria Tanco
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 42-41--83
41 Frida Castillo
2011
Cordoba, Mexico 43-40--83
T43 Ally McDonald
2011
Fulton, Miss. 44-40--84
43 Collins Bradshaw
2012
Columbia, S.C. 46-38--84
43 Ri Hyang Park
2011
Hilton Head Island, S.C. 45-39--84
43 Maria Maymon
2012
Huixquilucan, Mexico 39-45--84
43 Hally Leadbetter
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 43-41--84
43 Mariana Sims
2012
Austin, Texas 40-44--84
49 April McCoy
2011
Carrollton, Texas 39-46--85
T50 Lauren Coughlin
2011
Chesapeake, Va. 42-44--86
50 Gianna Misenhelter
2010
Overland Park, Kan. 45-41--86
T52 Sun Gyoung Park
2010
Vail, Ariz. 38-50--88
52 Mayko Chwen Wang
2011
Hacienda Heights, Calif. 44-44--88
T54 Alicia Malagon
2011
Tampico, Mexico 41-49--90
54 Suzie Lee
2010
East Northport, N.Y. 44-46--90
54 Morgan Ransom
2012
Columbus, Ohio 46-44--90
57 A.J. Newell
2011
Tampa, Fla. 49-43--92
58 Monica Petchakan
2011
Encino, Calif. 46-49--95
59 Jacqueline Calamaro
2010
Newtown Square, Pa. 47-52--99
60 Olivia Lavy
2012
Fayetteville, Ark. 50-55--105
 

Two Eagles Position Straka Atop Leaderboard at Rolex Tournament of Champions
Wagner leads Girls Division at even-par through one round

JOHNSON, Ark. — Sam Straka of Valdosta, Ga., shot a 3-under-par 69 in Tuesday's first round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions, giving him a one-stroke lead over the remainder of the competition. In the Girls Division, Samantha Wagner of Clermont, Fla., pulled out an even-par 72 to lead after round one at Blessings Golf Club.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole stroke play event held at Blessings Golf Club. The 132-player field features 72 boys and 60 girls from 28 states, Colombia, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, the Phillipines and Thailand. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,141 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,118 yards.

With an intimidating course looming in the backdrop, Straka kept his composure from the time he teed off on No. 10 until his last putt dropped on No. 9, shooting 2-under-par through the course's very difficult back nine. Through his first six holes Straka remained even before striking gold on No. 16 with an eagle.

“I hit the first six greens in regulation and didn't make a birdie so I was getting kind of frustrated,”

Straka said. “Then on No. 16 I hit a perfect 5-iron in the air. The eagle putt was about 10 feet, and I just center cupped it. It definitely got me started and gave me momentum.”

Straka, who was unable to play in the practice round and was playing Blessings Golf Club for the very first time, would continue the consistent play with a birdie on No. 4 and another eagle to top off his round on No. 9. Although he was plagued by back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, Straka was happy with his overall performance.

“I was hitting it really well off the tees,” Straka said. “I hit my irons pretty good on the front nine. I struggled a little bit on the back, but everything was solid. I got up and down when I needed to. I didn't miss too many putts. Everything was good.”

Currently sitting one stroke behind Straka, tied for second place, are Shun Yat Hak of Lake Mary, Fla., Drew Czuchry of Auburn, Ga., and Shane Lebow of Santa Barbara, Calif., at 2-under-par 70. Rounding out the Boys Division, tied for fifth place with a1-under-par 71, are Anthony Paolucci of Del Mar, Calif., Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind., and Nicholas Reach of Moscow, Pa.

Not only is Wagner the youngest player in the tournament field at 13 years old, but the Rolex Tournament of Champions is only her second invitational. Wagner admits that even she was surprised by her first round success.

“Being in the lead at my second invitational, it's really cool,” Wagner said. “It was a surprise because there are a lot of really great golfers out here. I was really happy to pull out with a 72.”

Coming into the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Wagner put a lot of focus on improving her putting game. Her hard work showed, as she hit 10 greens and sank two birdies.

“My putting has been a lot better,” Wagner said. “I was struggling on my putting last week at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. My dad and I put in a lot of work to improve it. I like these greens, though. I like fast greens. I was just trying to keep it together today.”

Five girls are currently tied in second place, hot on Wagner's trail. Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., Kaira Martin of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., Sammi Stevens of Hereford, Texas, and Gabriella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., all shot a 1-over-par 73, trailing Wagner by one stroke.

Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. Along with sponsoring the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Rolex is also the title partner of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the proprietors of the Rolex Junior All-America Teams.

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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

Starting tee times for the second round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions will be at 7 a.m. running off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Blessings Golf Club. For more information about the Rolex Tournament of Champions, please contact Tournament Headquarters at 678-617-9917.

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