THUNDERSTORMS SUSPEND FIRST ROUND OF BRIDGESTONE GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC
First round resumes Sunday morning at Treyburn Country Club
DURHAM, N.C â€” The inaugural Bridgestone Golf Junior Classic got off to an exciting start Saturday with a great display of lightning. Intermittent thunderstorms caused two early delays before a final thunderstorm caused play to be suspended for the day. Only 60 of the 84 players completed their round, while the remaining 24 will return at 7:15 a.m. Sunday in order to complete their first rounds.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Bridgestone Golf Junior Classic is being held at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C. The tournament is a 36-hole stroke play event and consists of 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states. The par-72 golf course is playing 7,044 yards for the boys and 6,095 yards for the girls.
The Boys Division leader in the clubhouse is Amory Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C., who shot a 3-under-par 69.
â€śIt feels good to shoot low, it feels like everything is coming together,â€ť said Davis. â€śIf I can keep my driver in the fairway I can shoot lower.â€ť
The Girls Division is led by So-Hyun Park of Bradenton, Fla., who shot a 1-over-par 73.
â€śI hit all nine greens on the front side, and I was knocking my irons close,â€ť said Park. â€śThe rain doesn't really bother me, but it was hard to get my speed right after the rain.â€ť
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 an annual 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, which is in its third decade of support, 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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
Final-round tee times will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Sunday after the completion of the first round at Treyburn Country Club. For more information on the Bridgestone Golf Junior Classic, please call (919) 620-0184 and ask for tournament headquarters.