AJGA SARASOTA JUNIOR
The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club
Sarasota, Fla. • June 14 - 17

Media Score SARASOTA, Fla. -- First Round results from the AJGA Sarasota Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7009. Rating: 73.6. Slope: 128
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6050. Rating: 75. Slope: 132

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
T1 Sepp Straka
2011
Valdosta, Ga. 35-32--67
1 Chenxiao Duan
2010
Beijing, China 31-36--67
T3 Cristobal Del Solar
2012
Viña Del Mar, Chile 34-36--70
3 Shugo Imahira
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 34-36--70
T5 Robert De Biase
2010
Aventura, Fla. 33-38--71
5 Maxime Blandin
2012
(Martinique (French)) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 35-36--71
5 Nicholas Torrance
2010
East Lyme, Conn. 34-37--71
T9 Alex Slaton
2010
Gainesville, Fla. 37-35--72
9 Zach Hartman
2011
St. Simons Island, Ga. 37-35--72
9 Tanapol Vattanapisit
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 35-37--72
9 Byoung Jun Chung
2011
(South Korea) Rosario, Argentina 36-36--72
9 Jeffrey Meltzer
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 37-35--72
T14 Will Davenport
2011
Palm City, Fla. 40-33--73
14 Jose Vega
2012
(Colombia) Miami, Fla. 37-36--73
14 Phillip North
2011
Hilton Head, S.C. 37-36--73
14 Jack Maguire
2013
St Petersburg, Fla. 37-36--73
14 Michael Chen
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 38-35--73
T19 Tate Hoisington
2011
Hilton Head Island, S.C. 37-37--74
19 Jonathan Clark
2010
Orchard Park, N.Y. 35-39--74
19 Marcus Plunkett
2012
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 36-38--74
19 Santiago Gómez
2011
Armenia, Colombia 37-37--74
19 Owen Curry
2011
Longwood, Fla. 37-37--74
19 Peter Mathison
2014
Jupiter, Fla. 38-36--74
T25 Ryan Stovash
2013
Orlando, Fla. 38-37--75
25 Wade Chen
2012
Gainesville, Fla. 37-38--75
25 Nick Celestino
2012
Sarasota, Fla. 38-37--75
25 Guang Dian Huang
2010
Cheng Du, China 37-38--75
25 Cole Horowitz
2011
Dallas, Texas 39-36--75
25 Bailey Patrick, Jr
2011
Charlotte, N.C. 37-38--75
25 Davis Schaller
2011
Celebration, Fla. 39-36--75
T33 Andrew Goodman
2010
Palm City, Fla. 35-41--76
33 Chris Wiatr
2011
Woodbury, Conn. 40-36--76
33 Danny Walker
2014
Bradenton, Fla. 39-37--76
33 Connor Lynch
2013
Bradenton, Fla. 36-40--76
33 Oliver Vaidis
2012
(Czech Republic) Bradenton, Fla. 37-39--76
T38 Anibal Kim
2011
(Paraguay) Bradenton, Fla. 40-37--77
38 Prem Samritpricha
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 37-40--77
T40 Taylor Hancock
2011
Clearwater, Fla. 37-41--78
40 Eric Muslawski
2010
Sarasota, Fla. 36-42--78
40 Andrew Mitchell
2011
Benton, Ill. 39-39--78
40 Ryan Jahn
2013
Jupiter, Fla. 40-38--78
40 Meechai Padungsiriseth
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 39-39--78
40 Jordan Miller
2013
Bradenton, Fla. 39-39--78
T46 Jeff Wattles
2011
Tequesta, Fla. 40-39--79
46 Matthew Taylor
2011
Naples, Fla. 41-38--79
46 John Boehme
2012
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 39-40--79
46 Luke Edelman
2012
Mahwah, N.J. 37-42--79
50 Peter Sterner
2011
(Sweden) Sarasota, Fla. 42-38--80
T51 Ian Facey
2011
Miami, Fla. 39-42--81
51 Phillip Rosengarden
2011
Irving, Texas 42-39--81
51 Mitchell Thomas
2012
Farragut, Tenn. 40-41--81
51 Matthew Rushton
2013
(South Africa) Bluffton, S.C. 40-41--81
51 Hayden Burnett
2011
Odessa, Texas 40-41--81
51 Hayden Jones
2010
Orlando, Fla. 41-40--81
51 Joey deStefano
2012
Sarasota, Fla. 42-39--81
58 David  Sullivan
2011
Woodstock, Ga. 40-42--82
59 Winburne Hughes
2012
Memphis, Tenn. 42-41--83
T60 Will Laverack
2011
New Canaan, Conn. 40-44--84
62 Jae Sung Hur
2011
Hilton head island, S.C. 41-45--86
-
Zach Botts
2013
Jonesborough, Tenn.
71-71-JWD
-
Perry Johnson
2011
Lake Forest, Ill.
84-80-QWD
-
Nicholas Maruri
2010
Mexico City, Mexico
75-73-QWD
-
Wes Strang
2010
Bethesda, Md.
-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Linda Luo
2011
Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 33-35--68
2 Ashlan Ramsey
2013
Milledgeville, Ga. 32-37--69
3 Clara Teixeira
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 33-37--70
4 Tezira Abe
2012
Angleton, Texas 34-37--71
5 Hally Leadbetter
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 36-36--72
6 Madison Opfer
2012
Plant City, Fla. 36-37--73
T7 Kristin Swindell
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 36-39--75
7 Gemma Dryburgh
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 36-39--75
7 Kristine Odaiyar
2013
Ocala, Fla. 35-40--75
T10 Vivian Hsuan Chen
2013
(Taiwan) Bradenton, Fla. 38-38--76
10 Natalia Forero
2014
Cali, Colombia 35-41--76
T12 Chelsea Pezzola
2010
Bradenton, Fla. 39-38--77
12 Taylor Ramsey
2012
Milledgeville, Ga. 40-37--77
T14 Irina Paulin Gabasa
2011
Cebu, Philippines 39-39--78
14 Ailin Li
2015
(China) Windermere, Fla. 39-39--78
T16 Pei-Chun Chen
2011
(Taiwan) Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 40-39--79
16 Audrey Monssoh
2011
Howey in the Hills, Fla. 39-40--79
T18 Yingzhou Yun
2012
(China) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. 37-43--80
18 Sarah Brown
2011
Severna Park, Md. 39-41--80
18 Maggie Chio
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 39-41--80
21 Olivia Lynch
2012
Naples, Fla. 41-40--81
 

Straka and Duan Have Solid Sub-70 Rounds at AJGA Sarasota Junior
Luo has first-round lead in Girls Division at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club

SARASOTA, Fla. — Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Ga., and Chenxiao Duan of Bradenton, Fla., both shot 5-under-par 67s to lead by three strokes after the first round of the AJGA Sarasota Junior. Linda Luo of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., carded a 4-under-par 68 to top the Girls Division.

The AJGA Sarasota Junior is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. The event features 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states, China, Argentina, Paraguay, Columbia, Chile, Brazil, South Africa and the Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,009 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,050 yards.

Straka, who has given a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia, played aggressive and was able to be efficient with his ball striking.

“I only missed one green today,” Straka said. “This is the first time I have played this course and it suits me well. It is a wide open course and if you miss off the tee you can still do fine.”

Duan got off to a hot start and was able to capitalize on great short game play. Duan was able to make birdie on nine holes.

“I pulled to within one foot for eagle on No. 1 today and I knew it was going to be a good day, especially after I hit four birdies in a row after I bogeyed No. 3.”

Also atop the Boys Division are Shugo Imahira of Bradenton, Fla., and Cristobal Del Solar of Viña del Mar, Chile, who are tied for third with 2-under par 70s. In a tie for fifth place, carding 1-under-par 71s are Maxime Blandin of North Palm Beach, Fla., Robert De Biase of North Miami, Fla., Nicholas Torrance of East Lyme, Conn., and Zach Botts of Jonesborough, Tenn.

In the Girls Division, Luo of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., made strong putts throughout the round to finish a shot above the rest of the girls field.

“I got sick on No. 11, but my coach and parents were there to help cheer me up,” Luo said. “I knew at that point that I needed to finish strong. I made five strong putts that were at least 15 feet.”

Rounding out the Girls Division are Ashlan Ramsey of Bradenton, Fla., who shot a 3-under-par 69 and Clara Teixeira of Rio de Janiero, Brazil who fired a 2-under-par 70.

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Wednesday's second-round tee times for the AJGA Sarasota Junior will run from 7:30 am — 9:27 off of tee Nos. 1 and 10 at The Ritz Carlton Members Golf Club. For more information, please call Tournament Director Andrew Greenfield at (770) 601-8922.

 
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