TWAY FIRES 68 ON HOME COURSE TO LEAD AT OSSO JUNIOR AT OAK TREE
Ruengmateekhun shoots 71 to lead Girls Division by one stroke
EDMOND, Okla. — Edmond native Kevin Tway, who finished fifth in this event last year, fired an opening-round 68 to take a three-shot lead in the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree on Tuesday. In the Girls Division, Amy Ruengmateekhun of Garland, Texas, battled windy conditions in the afternoon to fire a 1-over-par 71 to take the lead after round one.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree is being held at the Oak Tree Country Club. The par-70 course is set up at 7,034 yards for the Boys Division and 5,735 yards for the Girls Division. The tournament field consists of 111 boys and 33 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states and Australia, and includes 62 Oklahoma residents.
Tway carded a birdie on the 560-yard, par-5 fourth hole en route to an opening-nine 36. Tway's game picked up on the back side with another birdie on hole No. 11 and an eagle on hole No. 12. Tway would add birdies on hole Nos. 15 and 18 to shoot a 3-under-par 32 to finish with an 18-hole total of 68. Tway credited his low score today to his ball striking.
“I hit the ball solid today, which is what you have to do in the wind,” Tway said. “I was able to keep the ball in play, and not score any high numbers.”
Mark Johnson of Tulsa, Okla., Jonathan Fly of Memphis, Tenn., and Steve Ziegler of Broomfield, Colo., fired a 1-over-par 71 to finish in second place, three shots behind Tway. Coy Breen of San Antonio, Brian Kim of Yorba Linda, Calif., Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, Calif., and the 2005 OSSO Junior at Oak Tree champion, William Kropp of Edmond, finished tied for third place at 2-over-par 72.
In the Girls Division, Ruengmateekhun, who is playing in only her third career AJGA event, carded a birdie on hole No. 14 to finish the back nine, her first nine of the day, with a 2-over-par 37. Ruengmateekhun added two birdies on the front side to shoot a 1-under-par 34 and a first round total of 1-over-par 71. Ruengmateekhun said that the conditions in round one were some of the hardest she has ever experienced on the course.
“Today was the windiest conditions I have ever played in,” Ruengmateekhun said. “I had to keep my drives in the fairway, and make sure that I hit the right club for my second shots. My irons were the key to my round today.”
Paige Martin of Ardmore, Okla., finished with a 2-over-par 72 to finish in second place after the first round. Kristie Smith of Perth, Australia, carded a 4-over-par 74 and stands in third place, three shots off the pace set by Ruengmateekhun.
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA 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, which enters 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, Candie Kung, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.
Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 — 9:09 a.m. and from Noon — 1:39 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Oak Tree Country Club on Wednesday. For more information on the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree, please call AJGA tournament headquarters at (405) 340-1010.