U.S. Girls Junior champ leads stellar field at Betsy Rawls
MALVERN, Pa. – Julieta Granada of Asunción, Paraguay, continued her phenomenal season by leading the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship after the first round at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa. With an even-par 71, the first-team Rolex Junior All-American holds a one-stroke lead over Grace Woo of Burbank, Calif.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke-play invitational event is being held at the newly renovated White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa., home of the LPGA’s McDonald’s Classic from 1981-1986. The event features 83 girls from 24 states, Canada and Paraguay who were invited based on past top national junior golf tournament finishes.
The tournament, one of two girls-only AJGA majors, brings 21 Rolex Junior All-Americans to the Philadelphia area, including Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., Julieta Granada of Asunción, Paraguay, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., and Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J.
In the early afternoon, Granada and the rest of the field fought through a rain delay of almost three hours after heavy showers further heightened the difficulty of the course at White Manor.
“The greens are hard, they are very hard to read,” Granada said. “Whenever I missed a green, it was just an automatic bogey.
“When I was on the green, I had some good putts for birdie, but I wasn’t consistent during my round.”
Granada’s first-round lead continues an impressive run of solid play in big-time events. The 17-year-old has already won two AJGA events this season, including the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. Last week, Granada outlasted Jane Park of Beaumont, Calif., in a 20-hole duel to win the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.
“The whole school year I was working very hard on my swing,” Granada said. “It was time to let my best game come out; I’m hitting the ball really well.”
Woo sits alone in second with a one-over-par 72, a score she said was a success considering the conditions.
“This is a really hard course and with the bad weather I think I did really well,” Woo said.
Rounding out the top-five are four players knotted at two-over-par 73: first-team Rolex Junior All-American Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., Jennifer Osborne of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Catherina Wang of Orlando.
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 has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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