MIZUNO JUNIOR AT CHATEAU ELAN
Château Élan Resort - Château Course
Braselton, Ga. • April 13 - 16
 

FLORIDA DUO LEAD AT MIZUNO JUNIOR AT CHATEAU ELAN
Palm, Hurst each enter second round with one-shot lead

BRASELTON, Ga. — David Palm of Jacksonville, Fla., fired a 2-under-par 69 to grab the early Boys Division lead at the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan. In the Girls Division, Vicky Hurst of Melbourne, Fla., carded an even-par 71 to sit alone atop the leaderboard.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 93 boys and 42 girls — ages 12-18 — from 21 states and Canada. The 13th annual event is being staged on the par-71, 7,071-yard Chateau Course (Girls Division played at 6,069 yards) at Chateau Elan Resort. Past champions of the event and current PGA and LPGA players include Charles Howell III, Ryuji Imada, Beth Bauer and Brittany Lincicome.

Palm used solid iron play to get off to a fast start, hitting his approach shots on holes No. 1 and 4 to inside six feet and converting the short birdie chances.

“I've been working on my irons really hard lately and they clicked today,” Palm said. “I hit my irons closer than I had in awhile and was able to make some putts.”

After making the turn at 1-under-par, Palm drained consecutive 20-foot birdie putts to start the back nine before chipping in from behind the green on No. 12 to move to 4-under-par on the day. Two late bogeys cut Palm's lead to one shot heading into Saturday's second round.

Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., William Miller of Venetia, Pa., and Hunter Slatton of Tuscaloosa, Ala., each sit a shot back at 1-under-par 70.

Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, Fla., Hunter Hamrick of Montgomery, Ala., Gregor Slabe of Bradenton, Fla., and Adam McDonald of Franklin, Ky., are tied for fifth at even par.

Hurst, who won the AJGA's 2005 Nike Golf Junior at Fort Myers, birdied two of three par 5s on the course en route to an even-par round and the Girls Division lead.

“I hit my driver really well and my approach shots were good — attacking every pin,” Hurst said. “But I didn't putt well today. I only had two birdies out of the 10 that I could have had.”

Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., is alone in second after a 1-over-par 72. Brittany Altomare of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Calle Nielson of Nashville, Tenn., each shot 73 to round out the top four.

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.

For more information about the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan, please contact tournament headquarters at (770) 868-4200, ext. 701.

 
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