ASPEN JUNIOR GOLF CLASSIC
Aspen Golf Club
Aspen, Colo. •
June 4 - 7
ASPEN, Colo. --
results from the Aspen Junior Golf Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Aspen Golf Club.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 7046. Rating: 74.1. Slope: 139 Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 5955. Rating: 73.3. Slope: 140
Leffew leads Boys Division after first round at the Aspen Junior Golf Classic
Ko leads Girls Division heading into the second round
ASPEN, Colo. — Jake Leffew of Vero Beach, Fla., leads the Boys Division after carding a 2-under-par 69 in the first round of the Aspen Junior Golf Classic. In the Girls Division, Naomi Ko of Victoria, British Columbia also shot a 2-under-par 69 to lead by six strokes.
The Aspen Junior Golf Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Aspen Golf Club in Aspen, Colo. The tournament field consists of 24 girls and 72 boys, ages 12-18, from Canada and 11 states, including 24 from Colorado. The Boys Division played the par-71 course 7,046 yards and the Girls Division played at 5,955 yards.
Playing in his first open event with the AJGA, Leffew started hot by sinking three birdies in the first six holes.
“Getting off to a quick start is a huge asset when playing a golf course such as this,” Leffew said. “On the first hole I had a solid drive down the middle, a decent wedge shot to about 15 feet away from the pin, and made the putt.”
Harrison Murphy of McKinney, Texas is alone in second place with an even-par 71. Rounding out the top five in a four-way tie for third is Max Alcorn of Poway, Calif., Michael Hodson of Amarillo, Texas, Cole Cunningham of Centennial, Colo., and Josh Gardella of Littleton, Colo., at 1-over-par 72.
In the Girls Division, Ko has a commanding lead heading into the second round. After finishing the front nine 1-over-par, she countered on the back nine with three birdies and six pars. At 14-years-old, she is one of the youngest players in the event and hopes to keep composed throughout the rest of the championship.
“Whatever happens, I want to stay calm throughout the entire round,” said Ko, “even if I get a bogey.”
Kathleen Scavo of Benicia, Calif., sits in second place at 4-over-par 75. In a three-way tie for third at 5-over-par 76 is Hanna Lee of Chandler, Ariz., Kelly McGovern of The Woodlands, Texas, and Claudia Davis of Greenwood Village, Colo.
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 college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,500 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.
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.
For more information about the Aspen Junior Golf Classic, please contact the AJGA Headquarters at (678) 231-5079 or visit ajga.org.
The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
What is Leadership Links?
Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.
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.