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Spring Creek Golf Club
Gordonsville, Va. • August 2 - 5

Sritragul finds her groove with a 4-under-par 68 to hold Girls Division lead at Junior All-Star at Spring Creek

Gordonsville, Va. — Meechai Padungsiriseth of Bradenton, Fla., carded a 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the first-round lead at the Junior All-Star at Spring Creek. Paveenuch Sritragul of Bangkok, Thailand, leads the Girls Division after also shooting a 4-under-par 68.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Spring Creek is a 54-hole stroke-play event with a 36-hole cut held at Spring Creek Golf Club. The field is made up of 98 boys and 32 girls, ages 12-15, from 23 states, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines and Thailand. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,675 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 5,796 yards.

Padungsiriseth started his day on No. 10 and fired a 4-under-par 32 on his last nine to finish the first round strong. Six birdies on the day helped him gain a two-stroke lead over the competition.

“On my first nine I wasn't hitting too many greens, and I bogeyed the last two holes,” Padungsiriseth said. “When I went into my last nine everything fell into place. My iron shots were getting closer and I putted well. I had 26 putts today and kept my drives in play. I think my round stood out because I was making those par and birdie putts.”

Sitting in second behind Padungsiriseth are Trevor Times of Williamsburg, Va., and Julian Taylor of Greenville, S.C., at

2-under-par 70. Tied for fourth are Alex Church of Timonium, Md., and Mitchell Schneider of Charlotte, N.C., who both shot a

1-under-par 71.

In the Girls Division Sritragul made a bogey on No. 1 to start her day, but she recovered with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 and 4. Her back-nine 3-under-par 33 was enough to catapult her into the Girls Division lead.

“On No. 3 I hit my approach shot to five feet and made a birdie,” Sritragul said. “After bogeying the first hole and making a par on the second, it was a great recovery after a bad start.”

Three strokes back in second place is Ana Ruiz of Chihuahua, Mexico with a first-round total of 1-under-par 71. Rounding out the top three is Minjia Luo of San Diego, with 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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 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 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 Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series is a collection of nine events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15 and presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into Open tournaments. Juniors are limited to a maximum combination of five AJGA Open and Junior All-Star Series events during a calendar year. The series concludes with the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.

Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, a full-time junior golf training and development program, enters its first year as an Official Partner of the AJGA. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and the naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series, which will provide juniors access to national competitive golf opportunities.

Second-round tee times for the Junior All-Star at Spring Creek will run from 7 — 8:30 a.m. (first wave) and 11:45 a.m. — 1:24 p.m. (second wave) off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Spring Creek Golf Club. For more information please contact Tournament Director Greg Sanfilippo at 678-936-0163.