LESSING'S AJGA CLASSIC
Long Island National Golf Club
Riverhead, N.Y. • July 5 - 8

Media Score RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- First Round results from the Lessing's AJGA Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Long Island National Golf Club.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6776. Rating: 73.6. Slope: 129
Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6030. Rating: 76.3. Slope: 132

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Xander McDonald-Smith
2011
Rockaway Park, N.Y. 33-32--65
2 Luke Edelman
2012
Mahwah, N.J. 31-37--68
3 Kevin Kim
2010
Torrance, Calif. 35-34--69
T4 Theo Humphrey
2014
Greenwich, Conn. 34-36--70
4 Brian  Tohir
2011
New Canaan, Conn. 35-35--70
4 Sean Gaudette
2010
South Hadley, Mass. 34-36--70
T7 Tad Darland
2011
Henderson, Nev. 34-37--71
7 Ralph Blasey
2011
Kensington, Md. 35-36--71
7 Alexander Hicks
2011
Cape May Court House, N.J. 35-36--71
7 Michael Chen
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 36-35--71
7 Kirk Massie
2011
Westport, Conn. 36-35--71
T12 Daniel Myers
2011
Ridgefield, Conn. 35-37--72
12 Brian Starker
2011
Purchase, N.Y. 35-37--72
12 Chris Wiatr
2011
Woodbury, Conn. 34-38--72
T15 Christian Dolan
2010
Islip, N.Y. 37-36--73
15 Dan Yustin
2011
East Amherst, N.Y. 38-35--73
T17 Jonathan Ortiz
2012
Winter Garden, Fla. 37-37--74
17 Peter Scialabba
2011
Oyster Bay, N.Y. 38-36--74
17 Alexander Kane
2012
Danvers, Mass. 33-41--74
T20 Michael Troy
2011
Stamford, Conn. 34-41--75
20 Jack Maerki
2011
Brightwaters, N.Y. 36-39--75
20 Kyle Kochevar
2012
Glen Ellyn, Ill. 36-39--75
20 Brandon Lau
2011
Sugar Land, Texas 36-39--75
20 Zachary Grossman
2011
East Hampton, N.Y. 38-37--75
20 Luke DeNigris
2011
Huntington, N.Y. 37-38--75
20 Robert Gibbons
2010
Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 36-39--75
20 Stephen Pastore
2012
Greenwich, Conn. 38-37--75
20 Ryan Cole
2013
Mount Airy, Md. 35-40--75
20 Paul Pastore
2014
Greenwich, Conn. 36-39--75
T30 James Stafford
2011
San Diego, Calif. 37-39--76
30 John Jackopsic
2011
West Hartford, Conn. 38-38--76
30 Eric  Edmunds
2011
Auburn, N.Y. 39-37--76
30 Jonathan Greb
2011
Weston, Mass. 35-41--76
30 Mark Reilly
2013
Babylon, N.Y. 38-38--76
30 Colin McDade
2011
Rye, N.Y. 39-37--76
30 Jeong Hoon Lee
2011
(South Korea) North Wales, Pa. 39-37--76
30 Max Greyserman
2013
Short Hills, N.J. 37-39--76
30 Brian McCormick
2011
Kensington, Md. 38-38--76
30 Ben Balter
2013
Naples, Fla. 40-36--76
30 Westen Koorbusch
2011
Darien, Conn. 41-35--76
30 Robert Balaban
2011
Bethesda, Md. 40-36--76
30 Ryan Simpson
2011
Mechanicville, N.Y. 38-38--76
30 Brian Engstrom
2011
Branford, Conn. 37-39--76
T44 Hyung Mo Kim
2011
Norwood, N.J. 37-40--77
44 Richard Le
2012
Bellaire, Texas 40-37--77
44 Joe Cooper
2011
Wayland, Mass. 40-37--77
44 Griffin McQuilling
2011
Garden CIty, N.Y. 36-41--77
44 Samuel Zamet
2011
Babylon, N.Y. 37-40--77
44 Jonathan Farber
2011
Plainview, N.Y. 38-39--77
44 Stephen Mincone
2011
Dix Hills, N.Y. 40-37--77
44 James Park
2013
Deerfield, Mass. 39-38--77
44 Derrick Kim
2011
Congers, N.Y. 40-37--77
T53 Jason Morilla
2011
Greenwich, Conn. 37-41--78
53 Christopher Swift
2011
New Canaan, Conn. 37-41--78
53 John Reali
2011
Searingtown, N.Y. 41-37--78
53 Brian Alle
2011
Pacific Palisades, Calif. 39-39--78
T57 Alex Church
2012
Timonium, Md. 39-40--79
57 Teddy Corcoran
2012
Rochester, N.Y. 40-39--79
57 Ian Serko
2011
Old Brookville, N.Y. 38-41--79
T60 Ryan Triller
2011
Street, Md. 39-41--80
60 Clancy Waugh
2013
North Palm Beach, Fla. 40-40--80
60 Colin Buckley
2011
Duxbury, Mass. 38-42--80
60 Arjun Madgavkar
2013
New York, N.Y. 37-43--80
65 Chris Yoo
2012
Ellicott City, Md. 38-44--82
66 Dylan Francis
2011
Manhattan Beach, Calif. 38-45--83
T67 Francis Ellis
2011
Croton On Hudson, N.Y. 40-44--84
67 Matthew  Yun
2011
Flushing, N.Y. 45-39--84
T69 Taylor Heath
2011
Woodmere, N.Y. 44-41--85
69 Michael Zelazny
2011
Farmingdale, N.Y. 39-46--85
71 Anthony  D'Alessandro
2011
Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 45-41--86
T72 Luke Koskovolis
2012
Manhasset, N.Y. 43-44--87
72 Jimmy Bender
2011
Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. 45-42--87
74 Jonathan  Dely
2011
Huntington, N.Y. 42-48--90
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DJ Tozier
2012
Mechanicville, N.Y.
80-82-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Jordan Lippetz
2013
Bradenton, Fla. 34-36--70
T2 Courtney Hooton
2012
Del Mar, Calif. 36-35--71
2 Hana Ku
2013
Basking Ridge, N.J. 36-35--71
T4 Alice Choi
2010
Whitestone, N.Y. 37-36--73
4 Esther Park
2010
Closter, N.J. 37-36--73
6 Thanya Pattamakijsakul
2013
Nonthaburi, Thailand 36-38--74
T7 Alessandra Liu
2012
Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 39-37--76
7 Julie MacDonell
2010
Sayville, N.Y. 37-39--76
T9 Daffodil Sanchez
2011
Mesa, Ariz. 37-40--77
9 Caroline Araskog
2014
N. Palm Beach, Fla. 36-41--77
11 Kimberly Santiago
2012
Lynnwood, Wash. 39-39--78
12 Brooke Henderson
2015
Smiths Falls, Ontario 40-39--79
13 Kendall Allen
2012
Pittsburgh, Pa. 42-38--80
T14 Suzie Lee
2010
East Northport, N.Y. 40-42--82
14 Brooke Kochevar
2012
Glen Ellyn, Ill. 41-41--82
T16 Chelsea Pezzola
2010
Bradenton, Fla. 39-45--84
16 Marie Santacroce
2011
Mattituck, N.Y. 44-40--84
T18 Alexandra Reed
2011
Westborough, Mass. 43-42--85
18 Emily Garrahan
2011
Coram, N.Y. 40-45--85
T20 Zhiqi Jessica Zhang
2011
Mason, Ohio 44-42--86
20 Anne Troy
2012
Stamford, Conn. 45-41--86
22 Brooke Nethercott
2012
Greenwich, Conn. 45-43--88
 
  McDonald-Smith Alone in the Lead at Long Island National Golf Club
Lippetz at the top of Girls Division at Lessing’s AJGA Classic

 

Riverhead, N.Y. — Xander McDonald-Smith of Rockaway Park, N.Y., is all by his lonesome at Long Island National Golf Club. McDonald-Smith carded a bogey-free round of 6-under-par 65 Tuesday to take the lead after the first round of the Lessing’s AJGA Classic. In the Girls Division, Jordan Lippetz of Bradenton, Fla., grabbed the top spot with a 1-under-par 70.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lessing’s AJGA Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Long Island National Golf Club. The field features 74 boys and 22 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states, Canada and Thailand. The par-71 course is playing at 6,776 yards in the Boys Division and 6,030 yards in the Girls Division.

McDonald-Smith wasted no time getting his round going as he picked up birdies on two of his first three holes before parring his way in for 33. After the turn, McDonald reeled off another string of birdies, this time grabbing ones at Nos. 10, 12 and 13.

“I shot 2-under on the front, so I didn’t want to hold back, so I just kept trying to make birdies and was trying not to be defensive,” McDonald-Smith said. “It worked out and I just started making putts. I got into a zone and just kept going.”

But McDonald-Smith wasn’t finished there.

On the difficult par-5 18th that stretches to a lengthy 590 yards, he grabbed another. After laying up with a 3-iron, McDonald-Smith left himself a short wedge into the green. From 70 yards out, he stuck his approach to two feet for a tap in birdie to tie his personal best and a bogey-free round of 65.

“I’d rather have no bogeys, then have the six birdies,” McDonald-Smith said. “I’ve never had a bogey-free round before. That’s the best part and the number one thing I’m going to take away from today.”

Three back of McDonald-Smith in second is Luke Edelman of Mahwah, N.J., at 3-under-par. Kevin Kim of Torrance, Calif., is third at 2-under-par. Theo Humphrey of Greenwich, Conn., Brian Tohir of New Canaan, Conn., and Sean Gaudette of South Hadley, Mass., are tied for fourth at 1-under-par.

Lippetz also got out to a quick start with birdies on Nos. 2 and 4. But if it hadn’t been for some key putts Lippetz said, bogeys on Nos. 7 and 16 really could have set her back, leading her to feel as though there is still plenty of room for improvement for the next two rounds.

“I just need to play the course one shot at a time because I know you can definitely lose shots but you can definitely pick up shots on different holes,” Lippetz said. “You can’t think about the last hole or the last couple of holes or the last putt. It’s just one shot at a time. I always know I can improve on the shot that I hit before and improve on my score.”

Tied for second, one back of Lippetz are Hana Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J. and Courtney Hooten of Del Mar, Calif., with rounds of even par.

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Tee times for the second round of the Lessing’s AJGA Classic will run from 7 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at 678-617-2417.

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