WINN GRIPS HEATHER FARR CLASSIC HOSTED BY LONGBOW GOLF CLUB
Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz. •
April 21 - 24
MESA, Ariz. --
results from the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Longbow Golf Club.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 7000. Rating: 72.7. Slope: 132 Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6150. Rating: 75.2. Slope: 134
Texeira Tops Boys Division After First Round of Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic Hosted by Longbow Golf Club Jutanugarn Sisters Lead Girls Division at 5-under-par
MESA, Arizona — Jonah Texeira of Northridge, Calif., fired the low round of the day Friday with a 6-under-par 65 at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, each fired a 5-under-par 66 in the opening round to take a two-stroke lead in the Girls Division.
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club is a 54-hole stroke play tournament. The 144-player field at the par-71 Longbow Golf Club features 96 boys and 48 girls from 14 states, Canada, and Thailand. The Boys Division is playing at 7,000 yards and the Girls Division plays at 6,150 yards.
Texeira, whose eight birdies were the most of anyone in the field, rode a hot putter to a two-stroke lead in the Boys Division. His ability to make putts from any distance allowed him to reel off a couple of birdie stretches, including three consecutive on Nos. 11, 12 and 13.
“I just made every putt today, whether it was five feet or 30 feet, I made them all,” Texeira said. “I would put it in the fairway and hit a decent approach but then just make the putt.”
He also acknowledged the significance of leading a premier tournament such as the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club.
“It's really an honor and it shows the hard work I've put in over the last few months is starting to pay off,” Texeira said.
Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., finished the first round alone in second after a 4-under-par 67. Tied for third at 3-under-par 68 are Carson Jacobs of Hendersonville, Tenn., Bennett Lavin of Deerfield, Ill., and Peter Koo of Chandler, Ariz.
The Jutanugarn sisters made the top of the Girls Division a family affair, and both were happy to see each other play well. Ariya, a member of the 2014 class, posted five birdies on the back nine and acknowledged her putting as the key to her low score.
“My putting was good, but I can still improve,” Ariya said. “This tournament is very important to the Polo Golf Rankings so I'll go out tomorrow and play as well as I can.”
Moriya, a sophomore, shared a similar attitude toward her first-round score.
“Even though my approach shots were just okay I putted really well,” Moriya said. “Everybody can shoot under par here but I'll just do my best the next two days.”
Anna Kim of Chandler, Ariz., is in third at 3-under-par 68.
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The second round of the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club will tee off at Longbow Golf Club's Nos. 1 and 10 tees from 7 a.m. — 8:39 a.m., with a second wave from 11:30 a.m. — 1:09 p.m. For more information, contact tournament headquarters at (678) 617-2424.
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