MINA SHOOTS 4-UNDER-PAR TO LEAD GOLF WORLD WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP
Stelzmiller steady and leading at Castlewood Country Club
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Eric Mina of Fremont, Calif., shot a 4-under-par 66 Tuesday to enter the second round with a four-stroke lead. Chelsea Stelzmiller of Placerville, Calif., is mounted atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division after an even-par round of 71.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf World West Coast Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Castlewood Country Club. The 99-player field features juniors from eight states. The course is being played at 6,212 yards in the Boys Division and 5,718 yards in the Girls Division.
Mina, who has signed to play for UC Berkeley in the fall, played very well around the green in the first round. He recorded two chip-ins and needed only 23 putts on the day. Two of those putts went in for back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11.
“The golf course was set up really nice today,” Mina said. “The greens were rolling well, quick but very smooth.”
Spencer Fletcher of Los Altos, Calif., and Jace Merlo of Fresno, Calif., recorded even-par 70s on the first day to sit in second place. Tied for fourth place are John Catlin of Carmichael, Calif., Paul McNamara III of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Cory Siegfried of Wayne, Pa., Chun-Ji Kim of Chandler, Ariz., and Kyle Souza of Livermore, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Stelzmiller started well, hitting eight of nine greens on the front nine and recording two birdies. But she said she was disappointed over missing two short putts later in the round and will work on that for Wednesday.
“These greens are fast, and you have to know where to place your shots,” Stelzmiller said. “I'm not going to be overconfident. Anything can happen tomorrow.”
Mina Harigae, of Monterey, Calif., is perched one shot back after shooting a 1-over-par 72. Alexandra Groetsema, of Palo Alto, Calif., is in third place at 2-over-par 73.
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.
Second-round tee times will be from 7 — 11:48 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Castlewood Country Club — Hill Course. For more information please call Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2421.