SAHYOUN FIRES SEVEN BIRDIES TO LEAD AT TROPHY LAKE GOLF & CASTING
Hegge and Hickle tied at top of Girls Division in Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. Ramsey Sahyoun of Reseda, Calif., leads the Boys Division of the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch after finishing Tuesday's first round at 2-under-par 70. In the Girls Division, Katrina Hegge of Seattle, Wash., and Cheyenne Hickle of Gilbert, Ariz., lead at 2-over-par 74.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 57 boys and 21 girls. Included in the 78-player field are 18 players from Washington and 40 from California. The Boys Division plays from tees set at 6,969 yards and the Girls Division plays from tees set 5,904 yards.
Sahyoun shot 2-over-par 38 on the front nine with a triple bogey on No. 6, but it was four consecutive birdies on the back to finish the round that put him in the lead.
I was really putting well today, Sahyoun said. I got my putts started on line and the greens here are pretty true.
In the Boys Division, tied for second at 1-under-par 71 are Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash., and Quinn Gruber of Aptos, Calif. Tied for forth at even-par is Justin Lee of Tarzana, Calif., and Zach MacDougall of Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Hickle started the round with three birdies on the front nine and finished with one birdie on the back. Hegge carded five birdies on the day, and she said it was her strong tee shots that kept her in contention for the lead.
It helped that my tee shots were good, Hegge said. I was making 20-40 foot putts and missing easy four footers. I really need to work on my short putts the rest of the tournament.
A four-way tie for second in the Girls Division, is held by Hillary Packard of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Michelle Yang of Los Angeles, Calif., Tiffany Dong of Sacramento, Calif., and Victoria Nguyen of Santa Ana, Calif., all at 3-over-par 75.
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 49 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 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 Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch will begin Wednesday with 6:45 a.m. starting times off the Nos. 1 & 10 tees.
For more information about the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch, contact tournament headquarters at (360) 874-8337.