AJGA JUNIOR CHALLENGE
Oak Valley Golf Club
Beaumont, Calif. •
August 8 - 11
BEAUMONT, Calif. --
results from the AJGA Junior Challenge conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Valley Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6982. Rating: 73.7. Slope: 140 Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6080. Rating: 76.1. Slope: 136
Gazzolo starts strong at the AJGA Junior Challenge Santos, Joo take lead at Oak Valley Golf Club
BEAUMONT, Calif. — David Gazzolo of Riverside, Calif., carded a 5-under-par 67 to take the first round lead at the AJGA Junior Challenge. In the Girls Division, Raychelle Santos of La Quinta, Calif., and Katia Joo of Rolling Hills, Calif., recorded 3-under-par 69 to tie the lead in the first round.
The AJGA Junior Challenge is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. The tournament field features 102 boys and 42 girls from seven states and 10 countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,982 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,080 yards.
Firing seven birdies on the day, Gazzolo, who will attend University of California — Riverside in the fall, started and finished strong.
“I had a good pace and knew when it counted,” Gazzolo said. “I had two back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, and Nos. 1 and 2.”
Zecheng Dou of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Sammy Cole of Aliso Viejo, Calif., carded 4-under-par 68 tying for second. Tied for fourth place are Alex Angard of Encino, Calif., Walker Huddy of Studio City, Calif., and Christopher Chu of Fullerton, Calif with 3-under par 69.
Santos stepped up her game on the back-nine, where she made three of her four birdies for the day.
“I wanted to keep fighting for more birdies because I didn't want to stay content at even,” Santos said. “I hit fairways first because that's how you start out a good hole.”
Joo played consistently despite a prior injury. This is Joo's first tournament since April having tendonitis in her elbow.
“I stayed calm which kept my game constant even with my injury,” Joo said. “I hope to do the same tomorrow.”
Tied for third are Chieh Peng of Shenzhen, China, Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., Lauren Diaz-Yi of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Euna Pak of Irvine, Calif., with 1-uner-par 71.
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Second-round tee times for the AJGA Junior Challenge will run from 7:00 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. — 1:20 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees, Wednesday at Oak Valley Golf Club. For more information about the AJGA Junior Challenge, contact tournament headquarters 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.