CHAN TAKES THE EARLY LEAD AT THE AJGA JUNIOR AT WENATCHEE
Moon lights up Girls Division at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club
EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. — Lorens Chan of Honolulu took the Boys Division lead, shooting 5-under-par 67 at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. Seo Hee Moon of Mukilteo, Wash., took a one stroke lead in the Girls Division at the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee, shooting 2-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. The tournament field features 71 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from 12 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course from 6,363 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,980 yards.
Chan entered the first round of the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee with both guns firing. The rising sophomore went eagle, birdie on his first two holes, which set up the rest of his round. Chan then went out to record five more birdies on Nos. 7, 8, 12, 13 and 15 to finish the round at 5-under-par 67.
“The course was tough,” Chan said. “The greens are small and you have to be able to put the ball in the right place or else you'll find yourself missing one foot putts.”
Erik Jarvey of Auburn, Wash., sits one stroke behind Chan after shooting 4-under-par 68. In third is Daniel Snoey of Camas, Wash., who shot 3-under-par 69. Niall Platt of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Sang Gyun Lee of Calgary, Alberta, sit tied for fourth, after each shot 2-under-par 70.
Moon had an up and down day, as she hit less then half of the greens, but her strong short game saved her and she recorded five birdies on Nos. 1, 7, 9, 14 and 15. The rising senior finished the round at 2-under-par 70 to take the lead for the Girls Division.
“My chipping was really good today.” Moon said. “I didn't even hit half the greens, but I was able to save a lot of pars.”
Briana Mao of Folsom, Calif., sits in second after shooting 1-under-par 71. Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division is Morgan Thompson of Tualatin, Ore., who shot 2-over-par 74.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 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 AJGA Junior at Wenatchee will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee, Wednesday at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Sean Riley at (678) 617-2420.