ECKSTEIN, MUSCATELL TIE FOR LEAD AT HARGRAY JUNIOR CLASSIC
Still leads Girls Division by two strokes
BLUFFTON, S.C. — Aaron Eckstein of Salem, Va., and Michael Muscatell of Lake Wylie, S.C., tied for the lead in the Boys Division after the first round of the Hargray Junior Classic after carding 3-under-par 69s. Erica Still of Waycross, Ga., led the Girls Division with a 2-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Hargray Junior Classic is a 54-hole stroke-play competition that features 84 boys and girls from 14 states and 2 foreign countries. The event is being held at Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C.
In the Boys Division, Eckstein was 1-over-par through No. 8 before recording his first birdie of the day on No. 9.
“I putted well and made a lot of birdies,” Eckstein said, who plans to keep his game steady throughout the week. “I'm going to try to stay consistent and have fun.”
Muscatell did not record a single bogey all day and his ability to recover well was evident on his scorecard.
“I was pretty consistent today,” Muscatell said. “I made mistakes, but I recovered well.”
Spencer Cole of Greer, S.C., Tripp Mcallister of Lake City, S.C., and Charlie Grace of Windermere, Fla., are all tied for third and are one stroke behind the leaders at 2-under-par 70.
In the Girls Division, Still started out strong with four birdies on the front nine and contributed her success to her strong iron play.
“I was getting the ball in better position on the green,” Still said. “I gave myself more chances.”
Dolores White of Lakeland, Fla., fired a 1-under-par 71, while Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C., and Kiara Hayashida of Hilton Head Island, S.C., tied for third at 73.
Hargray Communications Group, a leader in the telecommunications business, is title sponsor of the Hargray Junior Classic for the 12th year. Hargray is actively involved in supporting a variety of sporting events on Hilton Head Island.
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.
The second round of the Hargray Junior Classic will be held at Hampton Hall Club off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees, Thursday, June 22, with tee times running from 7:30-9:27 a.m. For more information about the Hargray Junior Classic please contact tournament headquarters at (843) 706-5670.