HERITAGE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Berkeley Hall Club
Bluffton, S.C. • June 16 - 19
 

BYUN LEADS BOYS DIVISION AT THE HERITAGE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 6-UNDER-PAR 66
Sylvan and Burger deadlocked atop Girls Division at 1-under-par 71

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Joseph Byun of Sanford, Fla., fired a first-round 6-under-par 66 to lead the Boys Division at the Heritage Junior Championship by two strokes. Katie Sylvan of San Diego, Calif., and Emilie Burger of Hoschton, Ga., are tied for first in the Girls Division at 1-under-par 71.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Heritage Junior Championship is being held at Berkeley Hall — South Course. The tournament field consists of 59 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states, Northern Ireland, Canada and Columbia. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,059 yards, while the Girls Division plays at 6,187 yards.

Byun's round featured seven birdies against only one bogey and an opening nine of 4-under-par 32. Byun's low score was propelled by excellent ball-striking, as he hit 10 fairways and 16 greens in regulation.

“I was able to hit approach shots to within 10-15 feet today,” Byun said. “I want to putt better tomorrow though. I missed a few close putts but still shot 66.”

Smylie Kaufman of Birmingham, Ala., and Zachery Sobel of Clearwater Beach, Fla., are tied for second place at 4-under-par 68. Kamito Hirai of Summerville, S.C. is in fourth place at 2-under-par 70. Patrick Burke of Houston and Michael Montgomery of Hilton Head Island, S.C., round out the top five at 1-under-par 71.

Sylvan is spending her second straight week on the East Coast after playing in the Rolex Girls Junior Championship in Charlotte, N.C., last week.

“It's been real hot these last two weeks,” Sylvan said. “But the courses have been great. They're so well manicured.”

Burger's round featured five birdies and four bogeys. She said that the Berkeley Hall — South Course really fit her eye.

“It's got a real good layout,” Sylvan said. “It's pretty open and very straightforward. I'm happy with my game right now; I'm just looking to get a few more up-and-downs.”

Tied for third place at even-par 72 are Carlie Yadloczky of Casselberry, Fla., and Luz Alejandra Cangrejo of Bogota, Columbia.

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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual 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.

Second-round tee times for the Heritage Junior Championship will start at 7:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Berkeley Hall — South Course. For more information on the Heritage Junior Championship, please call AJGA Tournament Headquarters (843) 815-3653.

 
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Weekly Results
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior at The Seagate presented by Sportlink
Boys
Total
1
Robert Eisch
141
T
2
Alvaro Escalada
142
T
2
Michael Saccente
142
Girls
Total
1
Alice Jo
142
2
Maria Hoyos
146
3
Courtney Zeng
147
Preseason Junior at Cantigny
Boys
Total
T
1
David Perkins
219
T
1
Drew Kiehl
221
3
Frank Lindwall
216
Girls
Total
1
Brooke Babbin
237
2
Emily Young
240
T
3
Margaret Hickey
238
T
3
Loren Skibba
241
Junior All-Star at Longaberger
Boys
Total
1
*Graham Corbin
146
T
2
Aaron Chen
146
T
2
Grant Smith
146
Girls
Total
1
Kailie Vongsaga
152
2
Megan Furtney
153
3
Erica Shepherd
154
Preseason Junior at Worthington Manor presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Walker Simas
150
2
Dominic Wagner
151
T
3
Evan Long
152
T
3
Tanner Johnson
152
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Freedman
162
T
2
Samantha Fritzinger
169
T
2
Julia Calomiris
169
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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