HUANG SHAKES UP FIRST ROUND OF TEE UP JUNIOR CHALLENGE
Jang 1-under in Girls Division going into second round at Oak Valley Golf Club
BEAUMONT, Calif. — Tao Huang of Beaumont, Calif., fired a 5-under-par 67 to take the Boys Division lead after the first round of the TEE UP Junior Challenge. Anna Jang of Aiea, Hawaii, sits atop the Girls leaderboard after carding a solid 1-under-par 71.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TEE UP Junior Challenge is a 54-hole stroke-play event being held at Oak Valley Golf Club. The tournament field consists of 103 boys and 41 girls, ages 12-18, from nine states, Taiwan and China. One hundred and twenty-three hail from the home state of California. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 6,937 yards, while the Girls Division is playing it at 6,076 yards.
Huang, a native of Taiwan looked to come out strong for his last tournament in the United States this summer. He did just that by tallying four birdies on the day along with an eagle on the par-4 12th.
“I hit a 3-wood to the right to about 130 yards,” Huang said. “After that I used my 8-iron and it went right in. I couldn't believe it.”
Tied for second behind Huang are Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho, and Robbie Mamo of Apple Valley, Calif., both recording 3-under-par 69s. Daniel Lee of Valencia, Calif., sits in fourth at 2-under-par 70. Alexander Forss of Temecula, Calif., Bobby Lange of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Chien Yao Hung of Sinjhuang City, Taiwan, all carded 1-under-par 71s to tie for fifth going into the second round.
For the Girls Division, Jang credited her successful round to sinking most of her putts when needed.
“I made most of my 3 to 5foot putts,” Jang said. “It was a very consistent day for me. I think it helped to stay relaxed and just play everything out one at a time.”
Jang had 28 putts in 18 holes of golf which helped to contribute to her two birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.
Tied for second in the Girls Division, with even par 72s, are Kristin Coleman of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and Beverly Vatananugulkit of Cerritos, Calif.
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 TEE UP Junior Challenge is Wednesday, July 29 with tee times running off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees from 7 — 8:48 a.m. and Noon — 1:39 p.m. For more information, please contact tournament headquarters at (951) 769-7200 ext. 107.