SPOONER, FRASIER SIT ATOP LEADERBOARD WITH 3-UNDER-PAR 69s
Round one leaders hit 16 greens to finish with two stroke lead
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Kevin Spooner of West Vancouver, B.C., shot a 3-under-par 69 to take the Boys Division lead after the first round of the Pacific Northwest International Junior Presented by Jeff Troesch. Danielle Kang of Oak Park, Calif., matched Spooner with her own 69 to take the lead in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch is being played at the par-72 Trophy Lake Golf & Casting. Competing in the 54-hole event are 63 boys and 21 girls ages 12-18, from seven states and Canada, including 31 players from California and 29 from Washington.
Spooner, who splits his time between hockey and golf during the year, played target practice with the greens, hitting 16 of 18. A hot putter gave him seven birdies and a two-stroke lead heading into the second round.
“My confidence came from my putter,” Spooner said. “To shoot 3-under, I'm pretty happy.”
Spooner said he isn't letting the lead get to his head, but a win is certainly invited.
“The AJGA has great tournaments, if you win one of these, it's a great accomplishment,” Spooner said.
In the Boys Division, Sean Jarvis of Vancouver, B.C., Zachary Baker of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Thomas Petts of North Vancouver, B.C., carded matching 71s to tie for second place. Sitting in fifth place after the first round with even-par 72s are Jens Bracht of Lake Forest Park, Wash., and Amit Odaiyar of Lodi, Calif.
Kang, like Spooner, hit 16 greens en route to her 3-under-par 69. Kang is optimistic about her simple gameplan.
“I pick targets and go for it,” she said.
Four birdies and 12 fairways set Kang on course to her two-stroke lead. To succeed in the tournament, Kang said she simply has to want to win.
“If I have a good score, I try to keep consistent,” Kang said. “I want to try to win.”
In the Girls Division, Danielle Frasier of Encinitas, Calif., came in second place for the round with 35-36—71, while Katrina Hegge of Seattle, Wash., is currently in third place with 40-32—72.
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 counties.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in 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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The second round of the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch will begin Wednesday, June 21 with tee times running from 6:45-8:42 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information on the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch, contact tournament headquarters at (360) 874-8337.