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Coosa Country Club
Rome, Ga. • June 25 - 28

Pressel and Barbee share the lead at Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic

ROME, Ga. — There is a five-way tie for the lead in the Boys Division after the first round Tuesday. Jonathan Randolph of Brandon, Miss., Tyler Mitchell of Cadiz, Ky., Colin Chapman of Franklin, N.C., Hunter Howell of Raeford, N.C., and Brian Carter of Augusta, Ga., all shot 2-under-par 68s. Madison Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., and Carolyn Barbee of Cartersville, Ga., are deadlocked atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division with scores of 2-under-par 69.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Coosa Country Club. The 99-player field features players from 20 states and Canada. The course is being played at 6,804 yards and par-70 in the Boys Division and 5,946 yards and par-71 in the Girls Division.

Randolph, who has committed to play for Ole Miss in the fall, posted a low score early after carding a 2-under-par 68 in the first boys group of the day. Randolph said his goal is to finish this tournament at 10-under-par.

“I'm going to try and beat the course and not the competitors and hopefully it works out,” Randolph said. “This course is a shotmaker's course. It rewards good shots and punishes bad ones. I like that.”

Mitchell stuck a 5-iron one foot from the hole on No. 7 for a birdie, putting him at 2-under-par.

“Hopefully I can hit the ball even better than today and keep making putts,” Mitchell said. “If I do that, hopefully I can finish even lower tomorrow.”

Both in their first AJGA tournament, Chapman and Carter also sit tied for the lead. Chapman hit his approach shots well today and played steady throughout the round, he said.

Carter said he putted the ball very well today and birdied from off the green on No. 18 to finish tied for the lead.

Rounding out the 68s, Howell said he gained a little confidence after putting two wedge shots close on Nos. 3 and 4. After that, he hit his driver well, stayed out of trouble and made the seven and eight footers when he was on the green.

Jordan Lewis of Marion, Ill., sits one-stroke back of the leaders at 1-under-par 69.

In the Girls Division, Pressel, who has played well at this event the past couple years, said she loves this course, which showed during her first round. She only missed two greens in regulation and played the par 3s at 3-under-par.

“I'm just going to come out and play my game tomorrow,” Pressel said. “Hopefully I can make a couple more putts and get a couple more birdies.”

Barbee recorded five birdies on her way to a 2-under-par 69. She putted really well today but hopes to hit the ball better tomorrow.

“I'm not going to think about the score,” Barbee said. “Tomorrow I'm going to come out and have fun.”

Katie Burnett of Brunswick, Ga., sits alone in third after an even-par round of 71.

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 AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

The second round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will begin at 7:30 off the No. 1 tee at Coosa Country Club. For more information about the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 936-0163.