FIVE WAY TIE FOR LEAD AT FIDELITY INVESTMENTS JUNIOR OPEN
Freeman leads Girls Division by one at Ruby Hill Golf Club
PLEASANTON, Calif. — There is a five way tie for the lead after round one action at the Fidelity Investments Junior Open. Jake Sarnoff of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Sean Ouhyun Yoon of Temecula, Calif., Alex Shi Yup Kim of Fullerton, Calif., DJ Schultz of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and Jeffrey Hamm of Danville, Calif., all fired 3-under-par 69s to hold a one stroke advantage. In the Girls Division, Cara Freeman of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., took the lead by carding a 1-under-par 71.
The Fidelity Investments Junior Open, hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Ruby Hill Golf Club. The field includes 84 players from 10 states, Alberta and British Columbia with 67 from the host state of California. Nicole Ferrero of Lodi, Calif., 2005 Girls Division Champion, and runner-up in the Boys Division Gregor Main of Danville, Calif., will look to repeat last years performance.
Sarnoff, who started his round on the back-nine, began his round the way he wanted by keeping the ball in the fairway and on the greens. His putter was the only thing holding him back as he was unable to convert many short putts for birdie. After making the turn, his putting began to turn around and he dropped birdies in on three of his final five holes.
“I don't have a lot of experience shooting a low round early in tournaments, but it is something I have been working on this summer,” Sarnoff said. “It is nice to see it coming together now. I just want to keep it going now for the rest of the tournament and keep posting low numbers.”
Ouhyun Yoon worked his way through climatic front nine with a 1-under-par 35, before taking advantage of the back nine. He eliminated the bogeys that haunted him on the front and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 to finish the day 3-under-par.
“The greens were rolling perfectly today. I hope to putt a little better tomorrow,” Ouhyun Yoon said. “To play well here would be a great way to finish my AJGA season.”
In sixth place, one stroke back, are Tyler Weir of Carlsbad, Calif., Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash., and Max Bonk of Kamuela, Hawaii, who all fired 2-under-par 70s.
Freeman played a very solid round, posting an even-par 36 on the front nine. She was able to continue her consistent play through the back nine, collecting a birdie on No. 13 to finish at 1-under-par 71.
“Today was really solid all the way around. I was hitting the ball really well,” Freeman said. “I don't want to do much differently tomorrow, just keep it steady and continue to play solid golf.”
Tied for second after rounds of even-par 72 are Nara Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., Joanne Lee of San Carlos, Calif., Emily childs of Alameda Calif., and Chelsea Czinski of El Dorado Hills, Calif.
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, 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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The second-round of the Fidelity Investments Junior Open will be held Wednesday, August 16 with a 7 a.m. start off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the Fidelity Investments Junior Open, please call tournament headquarters at (925) 417-5850.