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Glynns Creek Golf Course
Long Grove, Iowa • June 1 - 4


Talley takes a one-shot lead in the Girls Division at Glynns Creek Golf Course


LONG GROVE, Iowa.– Alex Ellis of Austin, Texas, shot 5-under-par 67 Tuesday to take the first round lead in the Boys Division at the John Deere Classic Junior Open. Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., holds a one-shot lead in the Girls Division after posting a 3-under-par 69.


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the John Deere Classic Junior Open at Glynns Creek Golf Course is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Glynns Creek Golf Course. The tournament field consists of 117 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from 24 states, Columbia and Canada. The par-72 course is being played at 7,005 yards for the Boys Division and 6,148 yards for the Girls Division.

Ellis leads the Boys Division by four strokes after starting out strong on his first nine with a 3-under-par 33.

“My driving was the best part of my game. I missed my first fairway on No. 10 but I hit every fairway after that,” said Ellis.

Ellis took advantage of every par-5 by making birdies on all four. 

“Tomorrow I plan to take advantage of par-5’s and hit the fairway on the narrow par-4’s,” Ellis said.


Derek Baade of St. Joseph, Mo., Stephen Powers of Naperville, Ill., Bennett Lavin of Deerfield, Ill., and Alexander Burge of Bloomington, Ill., all enter the second round in a tie for second place after posting first-round scores of one-under-par 71s.


In the Girls Division, Talley is in the lead after making birdies on Nos. 5, 6, 8, and 9 en route to a front nine score of 4-under-par 32 for a first round score of 3-under-par 69.

“I kept my ball in the fairway which helped me get on the greens. My putting could improve after I missed a couple of putts on the back nine,” said Talley.


Pamela Burneski of Surrey, British Columbia is in sole possession of second place after posting a 2-under-par 70. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division is Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Ill., with a first-round score of 1-under-par 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 50 states and more than 30 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 John Deere Classic Junior Open will begin off Nos. 1 and 10 with the first wave starting at 7:00 a.m. A second wave will follow beginning at 11:30 a.m. For more information please contact Tournament Director Rachel Graves at (770) 861-0519.