AJGA SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR
Isleta Eagle Golf Course – Lakes and
DEFENDING CHAMPION BLUMENHERST FIRES 67 IN FIRST ROUND
Carroll leads the Boys Division at AJGA Southwestern Junior
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Southwestern Junior features 99 players from 17 states, including 18
Blumenherst, 17, of
“I’m very confident with my game right now,” said Blumenherst. “I’m hitting the ball very close to the pin, so the next two days will be a lot of fun.”
Blumenherst has high hopes for the rest of the tournament.
“My goal is to be consistent and keep this round going for the next two days,” she said. “It’s exciting to be leading. To be leading in any AJGA event is an accomplishment in itself.”
Coming in behind Blumenherst are Lucy Nunn of Lawton, Okla., and Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., in a two-way tie for second with 74s.
Carroll, 17, of
“I played well today considering I didn’t hit many fairways,” Carroll said. “I only hit two fairways and eight greens on the front with 14 greens total. My only disappointment was when I bogeyed both par 3s on the back.”
Carroll said that he had two really great shots that highlighted the round.
“I holed out from 125 yards on No. 10,” he said. “I reached No. 16 in two shots. It’s a 610-yard par-5 and not many people did that today.”
“My goal for the next two rounds is to play like I tried to play today,” he said. “I tried to keep the ball in play. I want to play solid golf for the rest of the tournament.”
Falling in line one stroke behind Carroll are Mark Jones of Odessa, Texas, Steve Saunders of Albuquerque, N.M., Jace Moore of Southlake, Texas, Guillermo Chavez of Clovis, N.M., Will Osborne of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Dalton Owens of Mount Vernon, Mo., in a six-way tie for second at 3-under-par 69.
The second-round tee times will run from , Thursday, at the Isleta Eagle Golf Course.
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For more information on the AJGA Southwestern Junior, contact Tournament Headquarters at (505) 869-0950.