McINERNEY, CHANG LEAD BOYS DIVISION WITH 4-UNDER-PAR 67s AT THE REFUGE GOLF CLUB
Chun leads Girls Division with even-par 71at Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — AJ McInerney of Henderson, Nev., and Yi Kuen Chang of Walnut, Calif., lead the Boys Division of the American Junior Golf Association's Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu after the first round with a 4-under-par 67. In the Girls Division, Michele Chun of Ontario, Calif., leads with a first round score of 71.
Conducted by the AJGA, The Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 63 boys and 17 girls ages 12-15. Included in the 80-player field are 36 juniors from California and 15 from Arizona. The Boys Division played from tees set at 6,757 yards and the Girls Division played from 5,960 yards.
McInerney was able to hit his ball right where he wanted it, despite the rough winds that dominated The Refuge Golf Club, carding three consecutive birdies on Nos. 7, 8, and 9. Chang carded 4 birdies on the day to contribute to his lead.
“I hit 14 greens today,” McInerney said. “The wind didn't really affect me much because I'm used to playing in Las Vegas where it's always windy.”
Rounding out the top-5 in the Boys Division include Cody Kent of Castle Rock, Colo., and Paul Lim of Torrance, Calif., with 2-under-par 69s, and Alberto Sanchez of Nogales, Ariz., with a 1-under-par 70.
In the Girls Division, Chun, who said her ball striking was off today, carded 2 birdies and made par on 14 other holes.
“I just had a solid plan on each hole as to what I wanted to do,” Chun said of her strategy for Tuesday's round.
Other leaders in the Girls Division include Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., Daniela Okino of Elk Grove, Calif., and Samantha Martin of Los Angeles, Calif., all tied with second with 3-over-par 74s.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
The second round of the Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu will begin Wednesday, June 6 with tee times running from 6:30-8:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees.
For more information about the Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu, please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 485-1135.