MURPHY CARDS 4-UNDER-PAR 68 TO LEAD BOYS AT MIDWEST JUNIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Ramsey takes a three-shot lead in the Girls Division at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort - Blackhawk Trace
BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. — Ryan Murphy of Champaign, Ill., shot 4-under-par 68 Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the Boys Division at the Midwest Juniors Players Championship. Ashlan Ramsey of Augusta, Ga., holds a three-shot lead in the Girls Division after posting a 2-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Midwest Junior Players Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort — Blackhawk Trace. The tournament field consists of 108 Boys and 36 Girls, ages 12-18, from 20 states and three foreign countries. The par-72 course is being played at 6,928 yards for the Boys Division and 6,085 yards for the Girls Division.
Murphy leads the Boys Division by one stroke after taking advantage of par-5's by making two eagles on the back nine.
“I hit really well today, both my drives and long irons were good which allowed eagle chances,” said Murphy.
Murphy shot 1-under-par 35 on the front nine and fired a 3-under-par 33 on the back nine to enter the second round in the lead.
“I have never been in the lead for an AJGA event, tomorrow I hope to play as well as I did today and hope for the best,” said Murphy.
Cyril Suk of Bradenton, Fla., Ross Frankenberg of Barrington, Ill., and Brian Bullington of Frankfort, Ill., all enter the second round in a tie for second place after posting first-round scores of 3-under-par 69s. Rounding out the Boys Division in a tie for fifth with first-round scores of 2-under-par 70 are Steve Skurla of Wheaton, Ill., Daniele Cabriles of Valencia, Venezuela and John Callahan of Hinsdale, Ill.
In the Girls Division, Ramsey is in lead after making birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 en route to a front nine score of 3-under-par 33 for a first round score of 2-under-par 70.
“I was hitting my irons very close and making putts,” said Ramsey. “Tomorrow I hope to make a lot of birdies to make up for the difficult bogey holes.”
Tied for second, are Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai of Bradenton, Fla., and Samantha Postillion of Burr Ridge, Ill., with first-round scores of 1-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 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.
Second-round tee times for the Midwest Junior Players Championship will run from 7-8:42 a.m. (first wave) and 11:30-1:12 p.m. (second wave) off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Wednesday, June 10 at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort — Blackhawk Trace. For more information about the Midwest Junior Players Championship, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (630) 529-0200 ext. 6887