Perettine Leads at the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley
Gariepy and Bremer tied for first in Girls Division at Oak Valley Golf Club
BEAUMONT, Calif. — Kyle Perettine, 17, of Boca Raton, Fla., came out strong with a 1-under-par 71 Saturday in the first round of the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley. Raegan Bremer, 16, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., and Alexia Gariepy, 12, of Murrieta, Calif., are tied for the lead in the Girls Division at Oak Valley Golf Club at 1-over-par 73.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley features 95 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from nine states and Canada. The 36-hole stroke play event is being held at the par-72 Oak Valley Golf Club. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,812 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 5,831 yards.
The Preseason Junior at Oak Valley is one of eight events held as part of the Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series. The Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to or participated in an AJGA event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.
Perettine had a nearly flawless round, hitting 17 fairways and carding four birdies. The strong iron-player traveled across the country for the weekend in hopes to gain exposure amongst California universities. Perettine birdied two of his last three holes, including draining a 15-footer on No. 16.
“I wanted to shoot around par to give myself a chance for tomorrow,” Perettine said, hoping for his first AJGA victory. “Tomorrow I'm hoping to do more of the same. I just want to make more putts.”
Zane Thomas of Las Vegas sits in second in the Boys Division at even-par 72. Kyle Nakazaki of Manhattan Beach, Calif., is in third after a 1-over par 73. Tied for fourth are Bobby Gojuangco of San Diego, Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Wash., and Ricky DeSantis of Carlsbad, Calif., at 2-over-par 74.
In the Girls Division, Gariepy had three birdies on the day including a chip-in on No. 9. The sixth-grader, playing in her first AJGA event, credits her low score to her woods and hybrids.
“I feel confident I can do it again,” Gariepy said thinking about Sunday's final round. “I want to come strong off the tee again but put focus on my putting.”
Bremer, also appearing in her first AJGA event, finished the first round strong with a 10-foot chip-in on No. 18. The California native credits her low score to solid iron play, as she hit 14 greens throughout the day.
“I hoped to put myself in the top-10,” Bremer said. “Tomorrow I'm going to come out with the same focus I had all afternoon.”
Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif., is in third place, three off the lead, in the Girls Division at 4-over-par 76.
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The final-round shotgun will be at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 2, at Oak Valley Golf Club. For more information about the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley, please contact tournament headquarters at (770) 601-8922.