STANLEY FIRES 67 TO LEAD FIRST ROUND AT HP BOYS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Thomas sits in second at 70
ORLANDO — Kyle Stanley, 17, of Gig Harbor, Wash., fired an impressive 5-under-par 67 in the opening round of the HP Boys Junior Championship at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge to take a three-shot lead after the first round of play. Ryan Thomas, 17, of Alameda, Calif., is second on the leader board behind Stanley after carding a 2-under-par 70.
The HP Boys Junior Championship is a 72-hole event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge, home of the PGA TOUR'S Bay Hill Invitational. The par-72 layout is being played at 7,189 yards. Past Champions of the event include Tiger Woods (1992), David Duval (1989) and Jim Furyk (1987). The event, which features of 90 of the nation's premier junior boys, includes participants from 22 states, Chile, Colombia and Japan.
Stanley, who began play on No. 10, recorded four birdies on his first nine, which helped him to an impressive 4-under-par 32. Stanley would card three birdies on his last nine and finished with a three-shot lead.
“I feel like I hit a lot of good shots today,” Stanley said. “I made a birdie on No. 10 and fed off that all day.”
Stanley recorded second-place finishes at this year's Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch and was the champion of the 2004 Hargray Junior Championship.
Thomas, who was grouped with Stanley, shot 35 on the front and back nine during Tuesday's first round. After carding four birdies, Thomas hopes to continue his strong play during the second round.
“You have to hit some good golf shots,” Thomas said of the course. “You have to keep it in play and putt well.”
Thomas, who was the 2005 champion at the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship, hit all nine greens in regulation during the first round and looks to do more of the same Wednesday.
Tied in third place at 1-under-par 71 are Jordan Elsen of Kenosha, Wis., Samuel Saunders of Windermere, Fla., and Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas.
Rounding out the top 10, tied for sixth at even-par 72 are Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., and Patrick Reed of Baton Rouge, La. In a seven-way tie for eighth place, Jason Kang, of Valencia, Calif., Nick Geyger of Santiago, Chile, Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., Arnond Vongvanij of Bradenton, Fla., Erich Johnston of Fort Wayne, Ind., Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., and Chase Wright of Muncie, Ind.
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, the largest Association of its kind, 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, 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, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
The second round of the HP Boys Junior Championship will begin at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge off of Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the HP Boys Junior Championship call tournament headquarters at (407) 876-8095.