PING INDIANAPOLIS JUNIOR
The Bridgewater Club
June 7-10, 2004
THREE TIED FOR LEAD AFTER FIRST ROUND AT THE BRIDGEWATER CLUB
Indiana natives Blumenherst and Potter take early Girls Division lead
CARMEL, Ind. â€“ Dodge Kemmer of Wichita, Kan., Brian Keating of Cincinnati, and Chris Smith of Alpharetta, Ga., share the Boys Division lead after the first round of the PING Indianapolis Junior after shooting even par-72s. Fort Wayne, Ind. native and current Scottsdale, Ariz. resident Amanda Blumenherst finds herself tied atop the Girls Division leader board with Julia Potter of Granger, Ind., after ending the first round with a 3-over-par 75.
The PING Indianapolis Junior, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 100 players â€“ ages 12-18 â€“ from 22 states, Canada, and Argentina. The 54-hole stroke play event is being played on the beautiful Pete Dye designed par-72 Bridgewater Club course.
With temperatures reaching above 90 degrees and wind a factor throughout the day, The Bridgewater Clubâ€™s already challenging greens became even tougher than originally expected. Kemmer didnâ€™t alter his play though.
â€śI tried to keep it in play as much as I could today,â€ť said Kemmer. â€śI kept it simple on the greens and avoided big numbers as much as I could.â€ť
Keating and Smith also ran into their share of tough situations around the greens.
â€śI had some pretty easy chips around the greens today, but I didnâ€™t hit the ball that well,â€ť said Keating. â€śI just need to stay focused and try not to get greedy out there.â€ť
â€śIf you hit it into the rough, you really had to hit it high to make it stick on the greens,â€ť said Smith. â€śI figured it out though, and I managed to grind it out.â€ť
Smith and Keating did just that, both making par on every hole on the front nine.
Following the three leaders is Ben Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, at 73. George Gandranata of Bradenton, Fla., Alex Martin of Middletown, Ohio, Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C., and Patrick Kelly of Lexington, Ky., find themselves tied for fifth at 74. Kellyâ€™s strong first round comes on the heels of an impressive qualifying round capped off by a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th hole.
Blumenherst, a first-team Rolex Junior All-American, and Potter grew up playing junior golf together in Indiana. The duo finished the first round with a pair of 75s.
â€śI thought I could have played better today, but the greens were tough,â€ť said Blumenherst. â€śIt was hard to stick anything close, but I just have to come out tomorrow, and not worry about what my competitors are shooting.â€ť
Potter missed only two fairways all day, but couldnâ€™t find consistency around the green.
â€śThe greens were a little harder than Iâ€™m used to,â€ť said Potter. â€śI made a lot of putts, but missed a few I shouldnâ€™t have.â€ť
Tied for third at 76 behind the Indiana natives are Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa, and Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla.
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. The AJGA has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
Second-round action of the PING Indianapolis Junior starts tomorrow at 7 a.m. at The Bridgewater Club.
For more information about the PING Indianapolis Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (317) 867-4653.