BRADSHAW LEADS BOYS DIVISION IN JOHN DEERE CLASSIC JUNIOR ALL-STAR
Chun sits atop leaderboard at 1-under -par 71 in Girls Division at Glynns Creek Golf Course
LONG GROVE, Iowa â€” Thomas Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., is in the lead of the Boys Division after a 5-under-par 67 in round one of the John Deere Classic Junior All-Star Wednesday at Glynns Creek Golf Course. Michele Chun of Ontario, Calif., sits atop the Girls Division leaderboard at 1-under-par 71. Round-one was postponed Tuesday due to inclement weather and rescheduled for Wednesday as an 18-hole shotgun event.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the John Deere Classic Junior All-Star is being held at Glynns Creek Golf Course. The tournament field consists of 82 boys and 13 girls from 25 states and one foreign country. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,789 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,748 yards.
Bradshaw was comfortable with his play and felt he hit his irons well, especially on his approach shots. After struggling mid-way through the round with his putting, Bradshaw was able to turn it around and finish strong, carding birdies on his last three holes.
â€śTomorrow I want to make as many birdies as I can,â€ť Bradshaw said. â€śI want to keep playing like I am capable of playing.â€ť
Alexander Forss of Temecula, Calif., sits in second after the first round at 4-under-par 68. Daniel Stringfellow of Roselle, Ill., Yuki Kato of Las Vegas, Richard Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., Korey Ward of West Chester, Ohio, and Motin Yeung of Orlando, are tied in third at 3-under-par 69.
In the Girls Division, Chun, who won the Lake Havasu Junior All-Star in June, started slowly, mostly due to poor ball striking. Chun made the proper adjustments to her swing and began providing herself with opportunities to score. Chun said she began to focus on her swing and the rest just fell into place.
â€śI want to stick to my routine tomorrow,â€ť Chun said. â€śI need to focus on the process of my swing and just keep going.â€ť
In the Girls Division, Casey Grice of College Station, Texas sits in second after round one at 1-over-par 73. Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Ill., sits in third at 2-over-par 74 after round one.
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 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 final-round will be an 18-hole shotgun at 8 a.m. at Glynns Creek Golf Course. For more information about the John Deere Classic Junior All-Star, please contact tournament headquarters at (563) 328-3284.