JENKINS AND HOROWITZ SHARE FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT WILD QUAIL
Wang notches opening-round 68 to pace Girls Division in Delaware
WYOMING, Del. Joshua Jenkins of Ellicot City, Md., and Sam Horowitz of Hewlett, N.Y., each fired a 4-under-par 68 to share the first-round lead at the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild Quail. In the Girls Division, Catherina Wang of Orlando, Fla., carded a 68 on day one and leads by five strokes over the rest of the field.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild Quail is being held at the Wild Quail Golf & Country Club in Wyoming, Del. The 54-hole event features 103 junior golfers from 16 states, including seven from the state of Delaware.
Jenkins, a high school senior, was able to overcome trouble on the first hole, and warm playing conditions to take an early share of the lead.
Jenkins was able to make a 15-foot putt on No. 2 for birdie and gained confidence as the round progressed.
I had trouble on No. 1, but after that I settled in and made a lot of solid pars, Jenkins said. The 17-year-old highlighted his round by sinking a 40-foot putt for eagle on No. 18.
Horowitz, who is playing in his second career AJGA event, caught fire on the back nine during his opening round. Horowitz shot a 32 coming in, and credited his ball striking as the key to his round.
I hit the ball well, said Horowitz, who hit every green on the back nine. I hope to keep playing well and make some putts the rest of the week, he added.
Greg Stamas of Baltimore, Md., sits alone in third place after a 3-under-par 69. Maxwell Wyndorf of Chadds Ford, Pa., Mike Meisenzahl of Medford, N.J., Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., and Dan Rexon of Haddonfield, N.J., are all tied a 2-under-par 70.
Wang, a 2004 second-team Rolex Junior All-American, is looking for her third career victory at this week's event. Wang credited her success on her ability to stay consistent throughout the first round.
I hit a lot of fairways and greens, Wang said. I stayed out of the hazards, and was able to make a lot of good saves.
Wang's top save came on the par-4 No. 6.
I had a good tee shot, but my ball landed in a divot, Wang said. I was able to make a 20-foot putt to save par. It helped that I was very consistent, she said.
Lois Kim of Bayside, N.Y., and Kimberly Punyasavatsut of Anaheim, Calif., are tied for second at 1-over-par 73. Jaclyn Sweeney of Andover, Mass., notched a 74 and is alone in fourth.
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, the largest Association of its kind, has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12 - 18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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 Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Second-round tee times begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee of the Wild Quail Golf & Country Club.
For more information on the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild, call Tournament Director Matt Larson at (612) 414-2310.