PECK FIRES 74 TO TAKE OPENING-ROUND LEAD AT HOUCHENS INDUSTRIES JUNIOR OPEN
Kentuckian Talley holds two-shot lead in Girls Division at 81
ALVATON, Ky. â€” Youth was served in the opening round of the inaugural Houchens Industries Junior Open. Cameron Peck, 14, of Olympia, Wash., fired an opening-round, 2-over-par 74 to take the lead in the Boys Division. Emma Talley, 12, of Princeton, Ky., shot a 9-over-par 81 to take a two-shot lead in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Houchens Industries Junior Open is being held at The Club at Olde Stone. The par-72 course is set up at 7,009 yards for the Boys Division and 5,843 yards for the Girls Division. The tournament field consists of 90 boys and 30 girls, ages 12-18 from 21 states and Canada. The field includes 34 juniors from Kentucky.
Age was not a factor in the first round, as Talley, the youngest player in the field at age 12, shot the low girls' score. Boys' leader Peck is among the youngest boys in the field at age 14.
Peck recorded an eagle on the 547-yard, par-5 seventh hole, and added a birdie and three bogeys on the front side to shoot an even-par 36. After two bogeys on the back nine, Peck finished at 2-over-par 74 on what he said was the hardest course he has ever played.
â€śThe course is really tough,â€ť Peck said. â€śThe rough is impossible to get out of, and the greens are rolling fast. All you have to do is tap the ball to get it to the hole.â€ť
Even though he felt the course was difficult, Peck stayed consistent and avoided a high score.
â€śI was able to minimize my mistakes today,â€ť Peck said. â€śWhen I should have made double bogey, I was able to make bogey, or if I should have made a bogey, I made a par.â€ť
Chase Carpenter of Salyersville, Ky., fired a 3-over-par 75 and is one shot back in second place. Drew Miller of Clarksville, Tenn., Joe David of Madison, Tenn., and Ty Spinella of Aledo, Texas, each shot 4-over-par 76 and are tied for third place.
In the Girls Division, Talley rebounded from a front-nine score of 42 to record two birdies on the back side and finish at 9-over-par 81. Talley said accuracy off the tee was the key to her success today.
â€śI was able to keep the ball in the fairway most of the day,â€ť Talley said. â€śI knew that if you got the ball in the rough, it would be impossible to get out of.â€ť
Abby Irwin of Germantown, Tenn., and Laura Anderson of Tompkinsville, Ky., each carded an 11-over-par 83 to finish the first round tied for second. Hunter Ross of Manakin-Sabot, Va., and qualifier medalist Nicole Koller of Lewisburg, Ky., fired a 12-over-par 84 and stand three shots off the pace.
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, Candie Kung, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.
Second-round tee times will run from 7 a.m. â€” 12:51 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at The Club at Olde Stone. For more information on the Houchens Industries Junior Open, please call tournament headquarters at (270) 393-4653.