GOINGS ATOP BOYS DIVISION IN GARLAND
Cho leads by one in Girls Division at Oakridge Country Club
GARLAND, Texas â€” John Mark Goings of Cabot, Ark., shot an opening-round 1-under-par 70 for a three-stroke lead in the Boys Division at the Ashworth Junior at Oakridge. Christine Cho of La Crescenta, Calif., carded a 78 to pace the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ashworth Junior at Oakridge is a 36-hole stroke play event featuring junior golfers from 17 states, including 32 from the state of Texas. The AJGA's Ashworth Junior Series is specifically designed for first-time AJGA members or those who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event in the current calendar year.
Goings, who is playing in his first AJGA event, finished the front nine at 1-over-par, but was able to make a run on the way back in. Goings carded four birdies on the back nine, including consecutive birdies on Nos. 12 and 13.
â€śI played decent today,â€ť Goings said. â€śI just went out and had fun today and things went well,â€ť he added.
Goings was able to finish his round with a birdie on No. 18 and he is optimistic heading into Sunday's final round.
â€śI'm going to play as well as I can tomorrow and hopefully it will be enough,â€ť Goings said. â€śI am looking forward to going out and seeing what happens,â€ť he said.
Beau Willis of Weatherford, Texas, is three strokes behind Goings after shooting an opening-round 2-over-par 73. Jake Powell of Coppell, Texas, sits alone in third after carding a 74. Justin Aragon of Las Vegas, N.M., and Neal Robinson of Dallas are tied for fourth, after each carded a 75.
In the Girls Division, Cho finished at 7-over-par for the first-round. She holds a one-stroke lead over Raelene Baker of La Mesa, Calif. Cho credited her consistency and the good playing conditions for placing her atop the Girls Division.
â€śThe greens are in really good shape and I played well, except for a few mistakes,â€ť Cho said. â€śI hit some good drives today and overall I was pleased with how I played.â€ť
MacKinzie Kline of Encinitas, Calif., finished with a 79. Emma Lavy of Fayetteville, Ark., and Abby Cotter of Noblesville, Ind., shot matching 80s and sit two shots back.
The final round will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Sunday at the Oakridge Country Club.
For more information on the Ashworth Junior at Oakridge, call Tournament Headquarters at (972) 530-8004.