ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Fort Worth, Texas •
June 21 - 24
FORT WORTH, Texas --
results from the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Hidden Creek Golf Course.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 7124. Rating: 75. Slope: 133 Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6017. Rating: 76.4. Slope: 139
Griffin Heats Up at Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship
Ferguson completes a personal best round score to lead Girls Division
FORT WORTH, Texas—Will Griffin of Lufkin, Texas, shot a 5-under-par 66 in the first round of the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship, giving him a two-stroke lead over the remainder of the field. In the Girls Division, Courtney Ferguson of Houston shot a tournament-low 6-under-par 65.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The 144-player field boasts junior golfers from 14 states, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the course at 7,124 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 6,017 yards.
As temperatures climbed upwards of 100 degrees, Griffin remained cool in the sweltering heat, notching five birdies. Griffin credited his success to his putting throughout the round.
“I putted really well today and hit the greens,” Griffin said. “I stayed out of trouble and stayed consistent through the round. It got pretty hot out there but it wasn't too bad. I'm from Texas so I am used to it. It definitely got hotter in the afternoon but I played through it.”
Brandon Ng of Toronto currently sits in second place at 3-under-par 68. One stroke behind Ng, tied for third place, are Adam Colwell from The Woodlands, Texas, and Matt Gilchrest from Southlake, Texas, with a 2-under-par 69. Rounding out the Boys Division leaders tied for fifth at 1-under-par 70 are Brandon Lau from Sugar Land, Texas, and Aaron George from Dahlonega, Ga.
Not only was Ferguson's performance the best amongst the entire tournament field, it was also a personal best, as she has never shot in the 60s before. Ferguson, who is playing in the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship for the second consecutive year, stayed not only focused, but also hydrated throughout the round, allowing her to keep up her high level of play.
“I birdied Nos. 7, 8, and 9, whipped out a six-footer on No. 10, and eagled No. 11,” Ferguson said. “The only greens I missed were Nos. 16 and 18 so I was proud of that. Tomorrow I just need to make sure I don't get too overconfident or worry about other people. I just need to play my game.”
Rounding out the Girls Division tied for second place are Joyce Kim of Carlsbad, Calif., and Kaira Martin of Paradise Valley, Ariz., at 2-under-par 69.
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Play will resume tomorrow at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Southern Oaks Golf Club. For more information about the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship please contact Tournament Director Annie Giangrosso at (678) 571-7994.
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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.