RAYMOND GOES LOW WITH OPENING ROUND 70
Ferrero shoots 75 for Girls Division lead
SAN RAMON, Calif. â€” Broc Raymond of The Woodlands, Texas, fired a 2-under-par 70 to take the lead in the Boys Division in the first round of the Fidelity Investments Junior Open. Nicole Ferrero of Lodi, Calif., carded a 3-over-par 75 to lead in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior Open is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at the The Bridges Golf Club. The tournament features 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 13 states and Canada.
Raymond carded six birdies on the day, splitting them between the front and the back side. Starting the day with an even-par 36 on the front nine, the 16-year-old turned it on, logging a 2-under-par 34 on the back. Raymond, who hit 14 fairways and 16 greens in regulation, credited his ball-striking from the tee for his sub-par round.
â€śI hit the ball solid all day,â€ť Raymond said. â€śI had some mishaps with my putter, but made most of my short putts.â€ť
Although he may have had some trouble with his putter, Raymond nailed a 15-footer on a steep slope for birdie on No. 6.
â€śI need to work on my putting for tomorrow, but hopefully my fairway shots off the tee continue,â€ť Raymond said.
One stroke behind Raymond in second place are Brett Bocci of Hillsborough, Calif., and Robbie Ziegler of Canby, Ore., after carding first-round 1-under-par 71s. Tom Lo of Los Angeles, Ravi Patel of Naperville, Ill., Roberto Galletti, Jr. of Clayton, Calif., Jake Bieber of Alamo, Calif., and Heejoo Son of Torrance, Calif., are all tied for fourth with opening round 1-over-par 73s.
In the Girls Division, Ferrero played steady golf, recording 13 pars and one birdie en route to her 3-over-par 75.
â€śI felt like I was hitting the ball well,â€ť Ferrero said. â€śI was trying to make pars by hitting greens and two puttingâ€”that is all I was looking for.â€ť
The highlight of the day for Ferrero came on the par-3 No. 5, where she sunk a 45-foot putt for her only birdie of the day.
â€śMaking that putt was awesome,â€ť Ferrero said. â€śMy goal for the next two days is the same as todayâ€”go out and make pars.â€ť
Kimberly Johnson of San Diego is in second place after firing a 4-over-par 76. Rounding out the top three is Katie Sylvan of San Diego with an 8-over-par 80.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Beth Bauer, and Paula Creamer.
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:00 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees on Sunday. For more information about the Fidelity Investments Junior Open, contact tournament headquarters at (925) 735-4235.