WOODWARD VIDEO JUNIOR AT THE GREENBRIER
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. • September 4 - 7
PEREIRA AND BOSDOSH HOLD ONE-SHOT LEAD AT WOODWARD VIDEO JUNIOR AT THE GREENBRIER
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Guillermo Pereira Jr., 14, of Santiago, Chile, and Sean Bosdosh, 17, of Clarksburg, Md., sit atop the Boys Division after Sunday, turning in tournament totals of 3-under-par 139 at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier. Elizabeth Breed, 17, of Waynesboro, Pa., carded a 2-over-par 73 to take the lead in the Girls Division heading into the final round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier is a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Greenbrier — Meadows Course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The field features 99 boys and 33 girls, ages 12-18, from 22 states, Chile and Canada. The par-71 course is being played at 6,756 yards for the Boys Division and 6,068 yards for the Girls Division.
Bosdosh started his round by carding a 4-under-par 31 on his front nine that included consecutive birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 8 to finish the day at 3-under-par 68. On the 416 yard par-4 No. 8, Bosdosh hit his 8-iron to about two feet, hit the flagstick and lipped out. Bosdosh's goal for the week has been to try to stay around par or better, which has worked out well for him so far. Bosdosh wants to work on his wedge shots going into the final round to get in better rhythm.
“I just want to stay with my goal of shooting par or better,” Bosdosh said. “I don't want to worry about trying to win. Whatever happens, happens.”
Pereira took down the Meadows Course record by two-strokes, firing an extraordinary 7-under-par 64 while battling through tough weather conditions. Pereira played a bogey free round that included carding birdies on Nos. 4, 8, 12, 13 and 18. Pereira's biggest moment of the day came on the 505 yard par-5 No. 7. Pereira made it on the green in two and then sunk a 30-foot putt for eagle. This is the first time Pereira has held the lead at an AJGA event, Pereira just wants to focus on making his putts and playing well in the final round.
“My putting really helped me today,” Pereira said. “I just need to work on making a few more putts and hopefully I will play well.”
Tied for second at 2-under-par 140 is Alex Lloyd of Virginia Beach, Va., Thomas Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., and Cyrus Stewart of Raleigh, N.C.
After starting slow on her front nine, Breed was able to recover on her back nine after making her first birdie of the day on No. 4. Breed was able to get a nice bounce on the par-3, as the ball landed about eight feet short of the hole. Breed knew she needed to take advantage of the good opportunity to get her game together and start making something happen. Breed followed up by making a birdie on Nos. 5 and 8 to finish with a two round total of 5-over-par 147. Breed is excited to be playing at The Greenbrier, on such a pristine course and intends on taking full advantage of the opportunity. After being in a similar situation at the AJGA Junior Championship at The Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources last month, Breed knows that she has to just take it one hole at a time and to keep it going.
“I was really sticking my irons on the last few holes,” Breed said. “I only missed one fairway today so my driver really helped set up good birdie opportunities for me.”
Sitting one shot behind in second is Monica Umpant of Cerritos, Calif., at 6-over-par 148. In third and rounding out the Girls Division is Amy Ruengmateekhun of Garland, Texas, at 8-over-par 150.
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.
The final round for the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, September 7, at The Greenbrier — Meadows course. For more information about the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier please contact Tournament Director Courtney Jones at (678) 617-9406.