WANG TAKES FIELD BY STORM AFTER FIRING COURSE RECORD
Girls and Boys Division leaders shoot personal bests
RINGGOLD, Ga. – Catherina Wang, 15, of Sarasota, Fla., bested the entire field by two strokes at the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic Tuesday after firing a 7-under-par 63.Thomas Hugghins, 17, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., leads the Boys Division by three strokes carding a 5-under-par 65.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke-play event is being held at WindStone Golf Club and features 99 of the nation’s top junior golfers from 15 states.Highlighting the field are nine Rolex Junior All-Americans, including defending champion Ben Spickard of Roswell, Ga.
Wang, who leads the Girls Division by 5 strokes, began her round with a birdie on the par-4 first followed by four pars.
“In the beginning I didn’t make many birdie putts but then everything began to drop after six holes,” Wang said.
Tallying seven birdies without a single bogey, Wang shot 9-hole totals of 31 and 32, claiming the women’s course record at WindStone Golf Club.
“I think it’s the lowest competitive round I’ve ever shot,” Wang said
Shooting her own personal best of 68 is Amber Davis, 17, of East Point, Ga.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet because we have two more days of play,” Davis said.
Following Wang and Davis is 17-year-old Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C. with a 1-under-par 69.
With four straight birdies on Nos. 4 through 7 followed by a fifth on the uphill, 479-yard par-5 ninth, Hugghins shot a 5-under-par 30 on the front nine.Hugghins reached 7-under-par after 12 holes, however, bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 left him at the top of the leader board with a 65.
“I had consistent play until the last 2 holes,” Hugghins said.
Hitting 11 of 14 fairways, Hugghins credited smart play for his personal best score in Tuesday’s round.
“I kept it in the fairway all day which is very important on this golf course,” he said.“You can’t be too aggressive on this course.”
Brad Nelson, a teammate of Hugghins at NeaseHigh School in PonteVedraBeach, trails the leader by one stroke.Nelson shot matching 33’s on the front and back nines with an eagle on hole No. 17.
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division after the first round are Tyler Dingman of Raleigh, N.C., and Michael Saari of Lilburn, Ga., at 68 and Chase McFarland of Savannah, Ga., Matt Savage of Louisville, Ky., and Michael Green of Augusta, Ga., at 69.
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