HALLISEY GRABS EARLY BOYS DIVISION LEAD WITH 5-UNDER-PAR 67
Michaels distances herself from pack in the Girls Division also with 5-under-par 67
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. â€“ Ryan Hallisey of Granite Bay, Calif., shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead in the Boys Division of the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch. Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif., also fired a 5-under-par 67 to take a commanding five-stroke lead in the Girls Division at Trophy Lake Golf & Casting.
The Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 63 boys and 21 girls â€” ages 12-18 â€” from 11 states and two foreign countries. The event is being staged on the par-72, 6,983-yard Trophy Lake Golf & Casting (Girls Division played at 5,939 yards).
Hallisey started his round Tuesday on the back nine, with a 2-under-par 34. He then birdied Nos. 1 and 2, moving to 4-under-par. Hallisey finished his bogey-free round, one stroke ahead of Blake Carley of Boise at 68, Idaho. Kaz Hoffman of Tiburon, Calif., is tied with Eugene Wong of North Vancouver, British Columbia, for third at 69.
17-year-old Hallisey is excited to be leading heading into the second-round.
â€śIt feels really great to finally play well in an AJGA event,â€ť Hallisey said. â€śI'm focused on just playing well and doing the best I can.â€ť
Michaels, also 17-years-old, was 3-under-par after the front nine. She went on to make par on Nos. 10 and 11, then proceeded to birdie three of her next four holes. On the 159 yard, par-3 No. 12, Michaels used a 5-iron to put her ball within 18 inches of the hole, and made birdie.
â€śI had a lot of good iron shots,â€ť Michaels admitted. â€śEverything was working pretty well.â€ť
Michaels finished in third place at the Heather Farr Classic in March, and now finds herself with a 5-stroke lead over Melissa Mabanta of Phoenix. Mabanta finished at even-par 72, coming right off the heels of her victory at last weeks Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship. Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., shot a 3-over-par 75, leaving her in third place.
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
For more information about the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch, contact tournament headquarters at (360) 874-8337.