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Berkeley Hall Club
Bluffton, S.C. • June 15 - 18


Stackhouse holds one-shot lead in Girls Division after 2-under-par 70


BLUFFTON, S.C. – Wesley McClain of Diboll, Texas and Alex Dienes of Jacksonville, Fla., are tied for the first-round lead at the Heritage Junior Championship after posting 3-under-par 69s. In the Girls Division, Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga., fired a 2-under-par 70 to take a one-shot lead into Wednesday’s second round.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Heritage Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at the Berkeley Hall – South Course. The tournament field consists of 58 boys and 21 girls, ages 14 to 18 from 14 states, Canada and Argentina. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 7,056 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,226 yards.

McClain’s round featured four birdies against only one bogey. After a bogey at the par-4 15th to stand at even par, McClain birdied No. 16 to get back under par for his round. He remained under par for the rest of the day, and added two more birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 on his second nine.

“My short game went really well, I made a lot of putts,” McClain said. “I didn’t hit my driver very well; I wasn’t out of play but I’m just going to try to hit more fairways tomorrow;”

Dienes carded three birdies on both the front and back nines, including a birdie at his final hole to post a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine and a 3-under-par 69 total. He credited his three birdies on his first five holes to the success of his round. 

“I knew it was going to be a good round after I birdied Nos. 4 and 5 right off the start to go to 2-under,” Dienes said. “I need to work on my driving before tomorrow; if I can do that then I should be able to go even lower.”

Defending champion Zachery Sobel of Clearwater Beach, Fla., Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., and James Yoon of Bradenton, Fla., are in a tie for third place after posting 2-under-par 70s.

In the Girls Division, Stackhouse carded two birdies in her round and an eagle at the par-4 14th. Her eagle, combined with a birdie on the back nine, led to a closing-nine 2-under-par 34. Stackhouse holds the lead in her first event after winning the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic earlier this season.

“My approach shots were really working for me, even though I struggled all day with putting,” Stackhouse said. “Today was a good way to start off, but I always want to play as well or better on the second day.”

Collins Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., is in second place after posting the only other under-par round in the Girls Division with a 1-under-par 71. Haley Stephens of Greer, S.C., sits in third place after an even-par 72.

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.

Second-round tee times for the Heritage Junior Championship will run from 7:30 - 9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Berkeley Hall – South Course. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Greg Sanfilippo at (678) 936-0163.