Humphrey, Cichan, Bateman tied for first
Pattamakijsakul leads Girls Division by five strokes
PINEHURST, N.C. - The first round of the Golf Pride Junior Classic concluded with three Boys Division leaders. Theo Humphrey of Greenwich, Conn., Christian Cichan of Charlotte, N.C., and Davis Bateman, also of Charlotte, are tied for first at 4-under-par 68. Thanya Pattamakijsakul of Nonthaburi, Thailand, leads the Girls Division by five strokes with a 5-under-par 67.
The Golf Pride Junior Classic is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Forest Creek Golf Club's North Course. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and seven countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,120 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,016 yards.
Humphrey had three birdies and an eagle on No. 10. He attributes his lead to the ability to save pars.
“I played pretty well,” Humphrey said. “I think the key was just getting up-and-down. I hit quite a few bad shots, but I always found a way to make par and I only made one bogey.”
Cichan also had only one bogey, as well as five birdies. He plans to continue the same mindset for the second round.
“Absolutely not, my mindset will not change tomorrow,” said Cichan. “My mindset was just to hit targets, go from point A to point B and see where that takes me. It makes the score almost irrelevant.”
Bateman had five birdies during the first round. Not having played a practice round, he looks forward to the second round now that he is more familiar with the course.
“Today was the first time I played the golf course,” Bateman said. “I didn't play a practice round yesterday, so tomorrow I'll know the holes a little better and maybe go low.”
Pattamakijsakul carded seven birdies and feels she had a good, consistent round.
“The best thing today was my putting,” said Pattamakijsakul. “Almost every shot was within five feet and my drives were in the fairway all day. I'm going to concentrate on my putting again for tomorrow.”
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