AJGA HOUSTON JUNIOR
Sweetwater Country Club
Sugar Land, Texas • August 9 - 12

Media Score SUGAR LAND, Texas -- First Round results from the AJGA Houston Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sweetwater Country Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7052. Rating: 73.5. Slope: 135
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6233. Rating: 76.7. Slope: 135

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Juan Benitez
2011
Puebla, Mexico 36-32--68
2 Jeff Wibawa
2010
Encino, Calif. 32-38--70
T3 Adam Colwell
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 38-33--71
3 Edward Figueroa
2012
Naples, Fla. 36-35--71
3 Peter Thorseth
2014
Richmond, Texas 35-36--71
T6 Chester Wang
2014
The Woodlands, Texas 38-34--72
6 Bradley Phelps
2011
Colleyville, Texas 34-38--72
6 Will Oliver
2011
Houston, Texas 34-38--72
6 Scott Terrell
2011
Houston, Texas 33-39--72
6 Connor Walters
2012
Salem, Va. 35-37--72
6 Bradley Fleming
2012
Houston, Texas 36-36--72
6 Jeffrey Merrell
2011
Aledo, Texas 35-37--72
T13 Matthew Rushton
2013
(South Africa) Bluffton, S.C. 37-36--73
13 Blake Pugh
2011
Southlake, Texas 36-37--73
13 Edwin Hyslop
2012
Del Rio, Texas 35-38--73
13 John Rafael
2013
Corpus Christi, Texas 37-36--73
13 Zachary Zahn
2011
Houston, Texas 37-36--73
T18 Andrew Rostek
2011
Sugar Land, Texas 33-41--74
18 Kalen Vos
2011
Weslaco, Texas 37-37--74
18 Will  Griffin
2011
Lufkin, Texas 37-37--74
18 Papito Gonzalez
2013
McAllen, Texas 37-37--74
18 Chuck Spears
2012
Pineville, La. 35-39--74
18 James Lee
2012
Albuquerque, N.M. 35-39--74
18 Sam DeStefano
2011
Bryan, Texas 37-37--74
T25 Jamison Youree
2011
Fort Worth, Texas 37-38--75
25 Roman Robledo
2011
Harlingen, Texas 39-36--75
25 Trey Cassity
2010
Katy, Texas 37-38--75
25 Guilermo Gomez
2011
San Luis Potosi, Mexico 38-37--75
25 Kyle Pilgrim
2011
colleyville, Texas 37-38--75
25 Tad Darland
2011
Henderson, Nev. 39-36--75
25 Dylan Siebenaler
2013
Sugar Land, Texas 39-36--75
25 Andrew Winters
2012
Houston, Texas 37-38--75
25 Patrick Sanchez
2012
Mazatlan, Mexico 36-39--75
T34 Carlos Pena
2012
Mission, Texas 38-38--76
34 Andres  Rodas
2011
Guatemala, Guatemala 35-41--76
34 Akash Mirchandani
2011
Prospect, Ky. 38-38--76
34 Scott Sweeney
2011
Lake Charles, La. 39-37--76
T38 Eric Redeker
2011
Katy, Texas 38-39--77
38 Kevin Foley
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 39-38--77
38 Corey Bounds
2011
Plano, Texas 38-39--77
38 Luke Sheehan
2012
Cypress, Texas 37-40--77
38 Zachary Cabra
2011
McKinney, Texas 38-39--77
38 Austin DeGrate
2014
Missouri City, Texas 38-39--77
T44 Trey Kidd
2013
Honolulu, Hawaii 41-37--78
44 Cody Gonzalez
2011
League City, Texas 39-39--78
44 Frederick Wedel
2012
Houston, Texas 38-40--78
44 Corey Hayford
2011
Friendswood, Texas 41-37--78
44 Matthew Isler
2011
Southlake, Texas 38-40--78
44 Jonathan Singleton
2011
Cypress, Texas 36-42--78
44 Sam Fidone
2011
Lufkin, Texas 40-38--78
T51 Andrew Wright
2013
Mansfield, Texas 39-40--79
51 Garrison Lackey
2011
Weslaco, Texas 38-41--79
51 Michael Hanigan
2011
Houston, Texas 40-39--79
51 Doug Shipman
2011
Spring, Texas 40-39--79
51 Alexander Wagner
2011
Hastings, Minn. 41-38--79
51 Corey Steinmann
2010
Sugar Land, Texas 41-38--79
51 Matthew Barth
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 41-38--79
T58 Scott Newell
2011
Katy, Texas 41-39--80
58 Andrew Scamardo
2014
College Station, Texas 42-38--80
58 Cameron Bridges
2012
Prosper, Texas 39-41--80
58 Preston Stanley
2011
Katy, Texas 39-41--80
58 Alejandro Romero
2012
Bogota, Colombia 43-37--80
58 Nathaniel Khachaturian
2011
Champaign, Ill. 41-39--80
T64 Andrew Ertel
2012
The Woodlands, Texas 40-41--81
64 Chapman Herwood
2011
Tyler, Texas 41-40--81
T66 Jonathan Beatty
2012
Montgomery, Texas 37-45--82
66 David Hills
2010
Bowral, Australia 42-40--82
66 Brandon Pederson
2011
Austin, Texas 47-35--82
66 Richard Le
2012
Bellaire, Texas 40-42--82
66 Logan Boatner
2011
Humble, Texas 40-42--82
T71 David Miles
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 42-41--83
71 Paul Campbell
2011
Austin, Texas 43-40--83
T73 Leonardo Kitahara
2013
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 42-43--85
75 Wesley Goodlett
2011
Austin, Texas 38-48--86
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Harold Buchanan
2012
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
85-84-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
T1 Bethany Wu
2015
Diamond Bar, Calif. 36-38--74
1 Courtney Ferguson
2011
Houston, Texas 38-36--74
T3 Samantha Marks
2012
Maitland, Fla. 36-40--76
3 Tezira Abe
2012
Angleton, Texas 38-38--76
3 Lakareber Abe
2014
Angleton, Texas 39-37--76
6 Blaise Carabello
2012
Bellaire, Texas 40-37--77
T7 Ryanne Haddow
2010
Sugar Land, Texas 40-38--78
7 Abby Newton
2012
Katy, Texas 38-40--78
7 Caitlyn Cassity
2011
Katy, Texas 38-40--78
T10 Taylor Moreno
2011
Austin, Texas 41-38--79
10 Katelyn McDougal
2010
Richmond, Texas 37-42--79
10 Christina Stringham
2011
Pasadena, Texas 38-41--79
10 Kayli Quinton
2012
Cypress, Texas 40-39--79
T14 Shannon Pak
2011
Kenner, La. 42-38--80
14 Tianyi Wang
2013
Beijing, China 38-42--80
14 Ainslie Ellis
2011
San Antonio, Texas 37-43--80
T17 Amanda Kahn
2013
Carlsbad, Calif. 40-42--82
17 Raychelle Santos
2012
La Quinta, Calif. 43-39--82
19 Shikhi Cheruku
2010
Navasota, Texas 42-42--84
20 Taylor Coleman
2015
San Antonio, Texas 44-43--87
21 Katie Paxton
2010
Spring, Texas 42-46--88
22 Sandra Lee
2012
San Antonio, Texas 50-39--89
23 Katy Kile
2011
Montgomery, Texas 45-45--90
 

Benitez Outdoes the Texas Heat With a 4-Under-Par 68 in the AJGA Houston Junior
Ferguson and Wu share lead in Girls Division at Sweetwater Country Club - Pecan Course

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Despite temperatures in the 100’s, Juan Benitez of Puebla, Mexico had seven birdies en route to a 4-under-par 68 in the AJGA Houston Junior. Courtney Ferguson of Houston and Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., both fired a 2-over-par 74 to sit atop the Girls Division at Sweetwater Country Club – Pecan Course.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Houston Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event, held at the Sweetwater Country Club — Pecan Course in Sugar Land, Texas. The 98-player field features 75 boys and 23 girls from 11 states and Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Guatemala, Colombia, China and Australia. The boys are playing the course at 7,052 yards, and the girls are playing the course at 6,233 yards.

After a front nine even-par 36 that included three birdies, Benitez rallied off four birdies and no bogeys on the back nine for a 4-under-par 32.

“I started out with a birdie on No. 1, and it helped me play confident throughout the round,” Benitez said. “My putting was excellent, making three birdie putts over 15 feet.”

Jeff Wibawa of Encino, Calif., sits two shots behind Benitez at 2-under-par 70. Adam Colwell of The Woodlands, Texas, Peter Thorseth of Richmond, Texas, and Edward Figueroa of Naples, Fla., are all tied for third with a 1-under-par 71.

Despite only hitting 6 fairways and nine greens, Ferguson, winner of the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship this past June, stayed focused and grinded each and every hole.

“My ball striking was atrocious, but I scrambled really well,” Ferguson said. “I saved pars that could have easily been double bogeys or triple bogeys. I putted really well, and if I sharpen up my game tomorrow, I should be fine.”

After a front nine even-par 36, Wu struggled a bit down the stretch, but managed to shoot a 2-over-par 38 on the back nine with one birdie.

“This Texas heat really got to me and I got tired towards the end,” Wu said. “I just tried to stay cool.”

Two shots behind Ferguson and Wu, the Abe sisters, Tezira and Lakaraber of Angleton, Texas, and Samantha Marks of Maitland, Fla. sit at 4-over-par 76.

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Second-round tee times for the AJGA Houston Junior will run from 7:20 - 9:20 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Sweetwater Country Club — Pecan Course. For more information about the AJGA Houston Junior, please contact Tournament Director Jeremy Freyman at (678) 617-9917

 
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