VANDEVENTER AND MARKLEY TIED FOR LEAD AFTER FIRST ROUND IN BRISTOL
Breed's 2-under-par 70 good for lead in Girls Division
BRISTOL, Va. — Jay Vandeventer of Bristol, Tenn., and Max Markley of Lookout Mountain, Ga., each fired 3-under-par 69s to take the first-round lead at the AJGA Championship at the Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources. Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., grabbed the Girls Division lead with a 2-under-par 70 at The Virginian Golf Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Championship at the Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources is a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Virginian Golf Club. The tournament field features 99 boys and 32 girls, ages 13-18, from 21 states, Canada and China. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,002 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the layout at par-72, 6,155 yards.
Playing on his home course, Vandeventer carded four birdies against only one bogey. The University of Tennessee-bound Vandeventer recorded his only bogey on No. 8, a 210-yard par 3. However, he bounced back for birdies at Nos. 14 and 18 en route to a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine.
“It's fun to make my last tournament here at The Virginian and the course set-up is phenomenal,” Vandeventer said. “This is my last junior and one of my last tournaments of the summer; it would mean a lot to win it. Tomorrow, I'm just going to go with the same attitude and approach it like it's a normal round. I can't let the rain affect the way I play and the way I think.”
Markley carded three bogeys and two birdies on his opening nine leading to a 1-over-par 37. However, he caught fire on his inward nine, recording birdies at Nos. 4 and 8 and an eagle at No. 6 to card a 4-under-par 32.
“I made a lot of putts today and I was able to capitalize on the holes I needed to,” Markley said. “I thought with my tee time tomorrow, I would escape the weather. My goal is to hit fairways and stay patient.”
Davis Bunn of Knoxville, Tenn., and Ralph Blasey of Kensington, Md., are tied for third after 2-under-par 70s. Mookie DeMoss of Duluth, Ga., and Alex Hoffman of Myersville, Md., finished at 1-under-par 71 and are tied for fifth.
Breed signed for consecutive nines of 1-under-par 35. She made only two bogeys, at Nos. 2 and 4, before playing the final 14 holes in 3-under-par en route to a 2-under-par 70.
“I only missed two greens and my driver was very good today,” Breed said. “I felt good all day and I felt good about coming to this course. I don't feel like I can play too bad out here.”
Emily Wright of Mason, Ohio, Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., and Melissa Edmonson of Coral Gables, Fla, are all tied for second after 1-over-par 73s.
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.
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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.
Wednesday's second round will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start at The Virginian Golf Club. For more information on the AJGA Championship at the Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-5196.