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The Rawls Course at Texas Tech
Lubbock, Texas • August 13 - 16


Huffer plays solid to hold four stroke lead in Girls Division

LUBBOCK, Texas — Zahkai Brown of Arvada, Colo., sits atop the leaderboard with 5-under-par 67 after round one of the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority Tuesday at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. Becca Huffer of Denver, leads the Girls Division carding a round of 4-under-par 68.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. The tournament field consists of 99 players, 75 boys and 24 girls, from nine states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the course at 7,208 yards and the Girls Division playing at 6,045 yards.

Brown, who finished in the top 10 of the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior in July, played an aggressive game, carding 4-under-par 32 on the front nine. With a total of five birdies for the round, he credits his strong play to his putter. Brown knew he was putting well, and grew even more confident after an eagle on the 531-yard par-5 No. 9.

“I recently changed my putting stroke and now it's working for me,” Brown said. “Tomorrow I hope to continue to drive the ball strong and putt well.”

Lonestar state natives round out the rest of the top five, with Robert Mills of Houston, and David Persons of El Paso, sit in second at 2-under-par 70. Finley Ewing IV of Dallas, Austin Beck of Coppell, and James Kwon of Houston sit in third with 1-under-par 71s.

After a solid round of mostly pars and birdies, Huffer said she felt pretty good about her round. Starting with a birdie on No. 2, she went on to birdie Nos. 5, 7, 10, and 17. Huffer said she was hitting the ball well and was hitting close to the pin to tap in for many 5-foot birdie putts. She feels comfortable heading into the next two days of the tournament.

“It was just a day of down the middle of the fairways and landing on the greens,” Huffer said. “I had a good day hitting 13 fairways, 14 greens and 28 putts. It's the best statistics I've had all summer.”

Mariah Montoya of Lubbock, Texas sits in second after round one at even-par 72. Julie Yang of Phoenix, Christine Cho of La Crescenta, Calif., Jiye Chun of Dallas, and Kayla Cline of Socorro, N.M., are tied for third at 1-over-par 73.

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 countries.

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.

Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday off the No. 1 tee at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. For more information about the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 485-1135.