I.R.I. GOLF GROUP OAKRIDGE JUNIOR
Oakridge Country Club
HOWARD FIRES 7-UNDER AND TAKES FOUR-STROKE LEAD
Yang gets first-round glory with a one-stroke lead at the I.R.I. Golf Group Oakridge Junior
The I.R.I. Golf Group Oakridge Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The event features 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from nine states. The field is composed of 70 “
Howard, 18, of
“I hit my irons really well on the front nine,” Howard said. “I also chipped in three times, so that really helped.”
Howard hit 14 greens and said that his longest putt was from about six feet. Seven total birdies and no bogies sealed him at 7-under with a four-stroke lead going into the second round.
“I’m feeling pretty good about tomorrow,” he said. “I want to hit a bunch of fairways and greens and just stay out of trouble. This could be my tournament.”
He hopes to finish strong and end his
In a three-way tie for second are Nathan Sheen of
Yang, 16, of
“My drive was good. I hit a 6-iron to two feet,” Yang said.
She said her putting and chipping were on target, as well as her tee shots.
“The course isn’t really that long,” she said. “The thing that tricked me up was how curvy it is. There are a lot of dog-legs and I had a hard time trying to choose a club to use.”
In second is Caney Hines of San Antonio, Texas, with a round of 3-over-par 74. In third is Whitney Osborne of
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 largest association of its kind, the
Second-round tee times will run from , Wednesday at Oakridge Country Club.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
For more information on the I.R.I. Golf Group Oakridge Junior, contact tournament headquarters at (972) 530-8004.