LESSING'S AJGA CLASSIC
Long Island National Golf Club
Riverhead, N.Y. •
July 5 - 8
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. --
results from the Lessing's AJGA Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Long Island National Golf Club.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6776. Rating: 73.6. Slope: 129 Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6030. Rating: 76.3. Slope: 132
McDonald-Smith Alone in the Lead at Long Island
National Golf Club Lippetz at the top of Girls Division at Lessing’s
N.Y. — Xander
McDonald-Smith of Rockaway Park, N.Y., is all by his lonesome at Long
National Golf Club. McDonald-Smith carded a bogey-free round of
Tuesday to take the lead after the first round of the Lessing’s AJGA
In the Girls Division, Jordan Lippetz of Bradenton, Fla., grabbed the
with a 1-under-par 70.
by the American Junior Golf
Association, the Lessing’s AJGA Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event
held at Long
Island National Golf Club. The field features 74 boys and 22 girls, ages
from 15 states, Canada and Thailand. The par-71
playing at 6,776 yards in the Boys Division and 6,030 yards in the Girls
wasted no time getting
his round going as he picked up birdies on two of his first three holes
parring his way in for 33. After the turn, McDonald reeled off another
of birdies, this time grabbing ones at Nos. 10, 12 and 13.
shot 2-under on the front, so I
didn’t want to hold back, so I just kept trying to make birdies and was
not to be defensive,” McDonald-Smith said. “It worked out and I just
making putts. I got into a zone and just kept going.”
McDonald-Smith wasn’t finished
the difficult par-5 18th that
stretches to a lengthy 590 yards, he grabbed another. After laying up
with a 3-iron,
McDonald-Smith left himself a short wedge into the green. From 70 yards
stuck his approach to two feet for a tap in birdie to tie his personal
a bogey-free round of 65.
rather have no bogeys, then have
the six birdies,” McDonald-Smith said. “I’ve never had a bogey-free
before. That’s the best part and the number one thing I’m going to take
back of McDonald-Smith in second
is Luke Edelman of Mahwah, N.J., at 3-under-par. Kevin Kim of Torrance,
is third at 2-under-par. Theo Humphrey of Greenwich, Conn., Brian Tohir
Canaan, Conn., and Sean Gaudette of South Hadley, Mass., are tied for
also got out to a quick start
with birdies on Nos. 2 and 4. But if it hadn’t been for some key putts
said, bogeys on Nos. 7 and 16 really could have set her back, leading
feel as though there is still plenty of room for improvement for the
just need to play the course one shot
at a time because I know you can definitely lose shots but you can
up shots on different holes,” Lippetz said. “You can’t think about the
hole or the last couple of holes or the last putt. It’s just one shot at
time. I always know I can improve on the shot that I hit before and
improve on my
for second, one back of Lippetz are
Hana Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J. and Courtney Hooten of Del Mar, Calif.,
rounds of even par.
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development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf
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Tee times for the
second round of the Lessing’s
AJGA Classic will run from 7 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee. For
information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at 678-617-2417.
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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.