THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course
Scottsdale, Ariz. • May 27 - 30

Media Score SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- First Round results from the Thunderbird International Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Grayhawk Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7112. Rating: 74.4. Slope: 143
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6275. Rating: 76.7. Slope: 138

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Marcel Puyat
2011
Indio, Calif. 33-34--67
T2 Grayson Murray
2012
Raleigh, N.C. 36-33--69
2 Jay Hwang
2011
San Diego, Calif. 36-33--69
T4 Jim Liu
2013
Smithtown, N.Y. 33-38--71
4 Billy Kennerly
2011
Alpharetta, Ga. 35-36--71
4 AJ McInerney
2012
Henderson, Nev. 35-36--71
4 Nicolo Galletti
2013
Phoenix, Ariz. 36-35--71
4 Kristoffer Ventura
2014
Rygge, Norway 37-34--71
T9 Toby Tree
2012
Horsham, United Kingdom 35-37--72
9 Byron Meth
2011
San Diego, Calif. 34-38--72
9 Charles Edler
2011
Fair Haven, N.J. 36-36--72
9 Jonathan Garrick
2012
Atherton, Calif. 35-37--72
9 Motin Yeung
2012
Orlando, Fla. 37-35--72
9 Yi Keun Chang
2012
Walnut, Calif. 35-37--72
T15 Brad Dalke
2015
Hobart, Okla. 37-36--73
15 Gavin Hall
2013
Pittsford, N.Y. 34-39--73
15 Sawyer Shaw
2014
West Palm Beach, Fla. 35-38--73
15 Jake Higginbottom
2011
Charlestown, Australia 38-35--73
T19 Chad Cox
2012
Charlotte, N.C. 39-35--74
19 Michael Kim
2011
Del Mar, Calif. 36-38--74
19 Adam Strom
2013
Goteborg, Sweden 39-35--74
19 Zachary Olsen
2013
Cordova, Tenn. 36-38--74
19 Beau Hossler
2013
Mission Viejo, Calif. 36-38--74
19 Joseph Winslow
2011
Overland Park, Kan. 37-37--74
19 David Lee
2012
Houston, Texas 37-37--74
T26 Wyndham Clark
2012
Greenwood Village, Colo. 41-34--75
26 Brendan Connolly
2011
Castle Rock, Colo. 36-39--75
26 Patrick Sanchez
2012
Mazatlan, Mexico 34-41--75
26 Matt Pinizzotto
2011
Salinas, Calif. 39-36--75
26 Max Orrin
2012
Kent, United Kingdom 37-38--75
T31 Matthew NeSmith
2012
North Augusta, S.C. 38-38--76
31 Jose Vega
2012
(Colombia) Miami, Fla. 38-38--76
31 Jonathan Sanders
2012
Chatsworth, Calif. 38-38--76
31 Julian Lerda
2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina 40-36--76
T35 Jimmy Beck
2011
Columbus, Ga. 37-40--77
35 Stephen Behr, Jr.
2011
Florence, S.C. 41-36--77
35 Tobias Edén
2014
Karlstad, Sweden 39-38--77
T38 Jonah Texeira
2014
Porter Ranch, Calif. 37-41--78
38 Tolver Dozier
2011
Dothan, Ala. 40-38--78
38 Nicholas Scott
2011
Union, Ohio 38-40--78
38 Trey Valentine
2011
Melbourne, Fla. 38-40--78
T42 Zachary Wright
2012
Phoenix, Ariz. 42-38--80
42 Shun Yat Hak
2012
Lake Mary, Fla. 40-40--80
42 Scott Scheffler
2014
Dallas, Texas 41-39--80
42 Taylor Moore
2012
Edmond, Okla. 38-42--80
46 Oddvar Hjellegjerde
2014
Nesoya, Norway 41-40--81
47 Joshua Lee
2013
Orange Park, Fla. 37-46--83
48 Shuichi Kan
2014
Tomisato, Japan 46-43--89
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
T1 Karen Chung
2013
Livingston, N.J. 35-33--68
1 Simin Feng
2013
Windermere, Fla. 32-36--68
T3 Kendall Prince
2011
Lake Oswego, Ore. 37-33--70
3 Victoria Tanco
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 35-35--70
3 Ashlan Ramsey
2013
Milledgeville, Ga. 36-34--70
6 Minjee Lee
2013
Perth, Australia 38-34--72
7 Ariya Jutanugarn
2014
Bangkok, Thailand 37-36--73
T8 Doris Chen
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 38-36--74
8 Shannon Aubert
2014
Champions Gate, Fla. 36-38--74
8 Alison Lee
2013
Valencia, Calif. 37-37--74
T11 Jaye Marie Green
2012
Boca Raton, Fla. 36-39--75
11 Tiffany Lim
2011
San Jose, Calif. 38-37--75
11 Moriya Jutanugarn
2013
Bangkok, Thailand 35-40--75
11 Kyung Kim
2012
Chandler, Ariz. 38-37--75
15 Céline Boutier
2012
Montrouge, France 36-40--76
T16 Yu Liu
2013
Beijing, China 38-39--77
16 Esther Lee
2013
Norwalk, Calif. 38-39--77
16 Jessica Vasilic
2013
Anaheim Hills, Calif. 37-40--77
T19 Gabriella Then
2013
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 37-41--78
19 Lindsey Weaver
2012
Scottsdale, Ariz. 40-38--78
19 Irina Paulin Gabasa
2011
Cebu, Philippines 41-37--78
T22 Emma Nilsson
2013
Yngsjoe, Sweden 42-39--81
22 Maria Toennessen
2013
Grimstad, Norway 41-40--81
22 Kristen Park
2011
Buena Park, Calif. 41-40--81
22 Yueer Cindy Feng
2014
Orlando, Fla. 38-43--81
26 Christina Foster
2014
Concord, Ontario 38-44--82
27 Rima Yuki
2014
Osaka, Japan 41-42--83
28 Jenny Haglund
2012
Karlstad, Sweden 39-45--84
29 Gabriela Lopez
2012
Mexico City, Mexico 45-41--86
30 Amy Lee
2015
Brea, Calif. 42-45--87
 

Bogey-free 67 gives Puyat two-shot lead at Thunderbird International Junior
Karen Chung, Simin Feng lead Girls Division after Saturday's first round

BRASELTON, Ga. — Marcel Puyat of Indio, Calif., carded five birdies during an opening-round 67 and leads by two shots after the first round of the Thunderbird International Junior. In the Girls Division, Simin Feng of Orlando, Fla., and Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., recorded matching 68s and share the lead entering Sunday's second round at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 12th annual Thunderbird International Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event being played at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course. The 78-player field features 48 boys and 30 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and 16 countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 7,112 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,275 yards.

An honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American in 2010, Puyat said course knowledge helped him post his round of 67, the lowest of his AJGA career.

“I'm definitely happy to put up this round, especially for a first round,” said Puyat, who finished T31 at the 2010 Thunderbird International Junior. “I didn't expect to play this well but I'll take it, I'm really happy with the score I posted today.”

Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C., and Jay Hwang of San Diego are tied for second after carding rounds of 69, while five players are tied for fourth at 1-under-par 71, four shots off the pace.

In the Girls Division, Simin Feng has returned to Grayhawk Golf Club with a vengeance. After finishing 29th in 2010, Feng finds herself at the other end of the leaderboard following seven birdies during her round of 68.

“Last year was really tough for me, especially after this tournament,” Feng said. “My confidence level is really high now and I really could become better and better in the next couple months, and I'm excited to see what I do.”

Feng said that she learned a lot in March at the Queen Sirikit Cup, a women's amateur team event held in India where her Chinese-Taipei team finished third.

“I really learned more strategy. At that tournament, I learned how to put my shots where it's best for me,” Feng said, who will travel back home to China at the conclusion of this event.

Chung, a three-time Rolex Junior All-American, shares the lead and is seeking her fourth career AJGA victory. Lurking two shots back is two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., as well as Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., and Kendall Prince of Lake Oswego, Ore.

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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

As in the past, Callaway Golf will lend its support to the event. Other major sponsors are the Thunderbirds, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Charitable Fund, Grayhawk Golf Club.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.

Second-round tee times will run from 7:15 — 9:15 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (480) 502-3181, or visit ajga.org.

 
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Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF
Boys
Total
1
Norman Xiong
204
T
2
Garrett Barber
205
T
2
Kaiwen Liu
205
Girls
Total
1
Yujeong Son
207
2
Youngin Chun
208
T
3
Allyson Geer
217
T
3
Isabella Fierro
217
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Total
1
Donnie Trosper
140
2
Brad Dalke
143
3
Austin Connelly
145
Girls
Total
1
Kaitlyn Papp
139
2
Angel Yin
145
T
3
Lilia Vu
146
T
3
Jillian Hollis
146
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