LEDET LEADS AFTER OPENING ROUND OF ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA JUNIOR GOLF CLASSIC
Yang has two-stroke advantage in Girls Division at Southern Oaks Golf Club
FORT WORTH, Texas — Tyler Ledet of Woodworth, La., carded a 4-under-par 68 to seize the lead after the opening round of the Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic. Julie Yang of Phoenix, Ariz., posted a 3-under-par 69 to top the first-round leaderboard in the Girls Division Tuesday.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event held at the Southern Oaks Golf Club. The 120-player field consists of 90 boys and 30 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course 7,145 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 6,115 yards.
Ledet recorded five birdies and only one bogey on the day. While he made seven one-putts on the back nine, Ledet credits today's low round to the success of his driver.
“I was kind of scared because my driver was going everywhere,” Ledet said. “I was having trouble with it but I worked on it yesterday then came out and birdied Nos. 1, 5 and 8 on the front nine.”
Austin Beck of Coppell, Texas, trails Ledet sitting in second place at 3-under-par 69. Andrew Presley of Fort Worth, Texas, resides in third place at 2-under-par 70, followed by Chris Han of Carrollton, Texas, in fourth at 1-under-par 71. Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, Ryan Dagerman of Dallas, Vincent Anagnos of Round Rock, Texas, Brandon Cauldwell of Ozark, Mo., and Alec Bruney of Nederland, Texas, are tied for fifth at even-par 72.
In the Girls Division, Yang got off to a slow start carding a bogey on her first hole. She made sure it was her only one of the day and quickly recovered to complete the front nine at 2-under-par.
“After my birdie on No. 5, I was back to even,” Yang said. “It was like a new start and then I birdied No. 9. My mood completely changed after No. 5.”
Melanie White of Colleyville, Texas, follows two strokes behind in second place at 1-under-par 71. Victoria Vela, of Mansfield, Texas and Kaira Martin of Paradise Valley, Ariz., sit tied for third place at even-par 72.
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 Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic will be Wednesday, June 25 with tee times running off the No. 1 tee from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information about the Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 617-3050.