Celano leads The Under Armour® / Steve Marino Junior All-Star Championship after first round
Patrick leads the Girls Division by two strokes at The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club
SARASOTA, Fla. — Ryan Celano of Naples, Fla., shot a 4-under-par 68 after the first round of the Under Armour® / Steve Marino Junior All-Star Championship in Sarasota, Fla. In the Girls Division, Katharine Patrick of West University Place, Texas, carded a 4-under-par 68.
The Under Armour® / Steve Marino Junior All-Star Championship is one of 10 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Celano leads by a narrow one-stroke margin. His round included six bridies, including a near ace on the third hole.
“On No. 3, it looked like it was going in off the tee,” Celano said. “It left me with an easy 5 foot putt. Hopefully I will play just as good tomorrow.”
Tied in second place with a 3-under-par 69 are Sean Murphy of Decatur, Ga., and Bernardo Curbelo of Venezuela. In a four-way tie for fourth are Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, Ky., Sam Rosenberg of Dallas, Texas, Gustavo Morantes of Venezuela, and Wyatt Larkin of Morganton, Ga., who each finished at 2-under-par 70.
Patrick is competing in her second Junior All-Star event, having played in the Junior All-Star at Hilton Head. Finishing with six birdies, she leads by two strokes after the first round.
“I just played great today,” Patrick said. “My birdie on No. 1 started off my round well and gave me a boost.”
In second place is Taylor Tomlinson of Gainesville, Fla., with a 2-under-par 70, and in third is Angella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who carded a 1-under-par 71.
About Under Armour®
Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand's moisture-wicking fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a perfor¬mance alternative to traditional products. The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to profes¬sional, on playing fields around the globe. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.underarmour.com.
About the Gary Gilfchrist Golf Academy
GARY GILCHRIST GOLF ACADEMY, a full-time signature golf instruction program located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., began as an Official Partner of the AJGA in 2009. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series for juniors ages 12-15.
About the AJGA
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 col¬lege 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.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
For more information about the Under Armour® / Steve Marino Junior All-Star Championship, please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 571-7994 or visit the AJGA website at ajga.org.
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