MILLER'S 5-UNDER-PAR 67 LAUNCHES HIM TO THE TOP OF THE COLORADO JUNIOR AT FLYING HORSE
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Simon Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., and Casey Grice of College Station, Texas, battled wintry conditions and their fellow-competitors to lead the first round of the Boys and Girls Divisions, respectively, at the Colorado Junior at Flying Horse. Miller finished his first 18 holes of the tournament at five-under-par 67, while Grice carded a 1-under-par 71.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Colorado Junior at Flying Horse is a 36-hole tournament held at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tournament field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and two Canadian provinces. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,242 yards, while the Girls Division teed it up from 6,364 yards.
Miller, a rising junior, finished the front nine at even par before a 6-under stretch over his next six holes, including an eagle on No. 12. He doesn't plan to change anything Thursday to carry the momentum from his three-stroke lead into the final round. He just hopes the weather stays cold and rainy for Thursday's play.
I didn't have any expectations coming in to today, Miller said. The weather was the worst part, but I tend to play better in bad weather. I won't change anything about my play for tomorrow.
Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo., and Richard Schneider of Beemer, Neb., trail Miller in a tie for second with a 2-under-par 70. John Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., and Collin Ward of Amarillo, Texas, shot even-par 72s to hold down a tie for fourth.
Grice birdied Nos. 3 and 6 to catapult to the top of the Girls Division. She went 17 holes before driving her ball into a bunker and succumbing to her lone bogey of the day on No. 18.
I just really tried to hit fairways and greens and be confident in each shot, Grice said. It worked out.
Jennifer Hahn of Henderson, Nev., and Paige Spiranac of Monument, Colo., finished the round tied for second 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 50 states and more than 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.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.
Final-round tee times will begin Thursday at 7 a.m off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Colorado Junior at Flying Horse, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-9917.