THREE TIED AT 1-UNDER-PAR 71 FOR FIRST-ROUND LEAD IN WISCONSIN
Schuldt battles blustery conditions for Girls Division lead at The Legend at Bergamont
OREGON, Wis. — Jason Roets of Eikenhof, South Africa, Tyler Ledet of Woodworth, La., and Richard Hearden III of Green Bay, Wis., carded 1-under-par 71s to tie for the Boys Division first-round lead at the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends. Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Ill., is the leader in the Girls Division after a 2-over-par 74 at The Legend at Bergamont.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at The Legend at Bergamont. The tournament field features 90 boys and 30 girls, ages 13-18, from 23 states, South Africa and Indonesia. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,082 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the layout at 6,099 yards.
Roets, Ledet and Hearden III benefited from early starting times and were able to complete their rounds before winds ballooned in the afternoon.
Roets carded three bogeys and two birdies in his first 10 holes and stood at 1-over-par through 15 holes. He recorded a birdie at No. 16 and closed with a birdie at the last for a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine.
“It was easier getting out there when the greens rolled true before so many people had been on them,” Roets said. “I didn't hit the ball great, but I was able to score. It was a solid round of golf.”
Ledet signed for five birdies in his round and was at 3-under-par through 15 holes before giving a shot back at Nos. 16 and 18.
“My first nine holes, it was maybe a half-club wind,” Ledet said. “On the back nine, the greens firmed up and on 16, 17 and 18, it was a two-club wind. If you keep it in the fairway, the wind doesn't affect it as much with a short iron as it would with a 6- or 7-iron.”
Hearden III opened with birdies at his first two holes en route to a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. He recorded one of the only eight birdies at No. 17 before dropping a shot at the 18th for a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine.
“I got to start my round before the wind really picked up in the afternoon, I got to get into a rhythm early,” Hearden III said.
David Walter of Eau Claire, Wis., Steven Sorenson of Hartland, Wis., and David Christian of Oconomowoc, Wis., all fired even-par 72s and are in a tie for fourth place.
In the Girls Division, Schuldt carded solid nines of 37-37 as the wind blew its hardest in the afternoon. She recorded birdies at Nos. 1, 5 and 15 en route to her 2-over-par 74.
“It was difficult, I had to play the low shots,” Schuldt said. “It was a two-club wind the whole time. Tomorrow, I'll try to hit the low runners in there and not get it up too high.”
Kris Yoo of Schaumburg, Ill., and Allyssa Ferrell of Edgerton, Wis., are tied for second after signing for 5-over-par 77s.
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Second-round tee times for the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends will run Thursday from 6:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at The Legend at Bergamont. For more information, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (608) 835-6900.