GRIBBLE FIRES 7-UNDER-PAR 65 TO GRAB LEAD AT FOOTJOY BOYS INVITATIONAL
Roach and Hu lurk one shot back at 6-under-par at Forest Oaks Country Club
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€” Cody Gribble of Dallas, Texas, sits atop the leaderboard after the first round of the FootJoy Boys Invitational with a 7-under-par 65. One shot off the lead are Wes Roach of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the sixth-annual FootJoy Boys Invitational is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Forest Oaks Country Club. The 99-player field features players from 24 states and seven countries. The course is being played at 7,280 yards. Past champions of this event include Seung-Su Han, Brian Harman, Daniel Woltman and Andrew Yun.
Gribble capped off his 7-under-par round with a long putt for birdie on No. 18. Knowing that he was tied for the lead on No. 18 green, Gribble wanted to sink the putt. His putting was steady early in the round, including a 30-foot putt on No. 9 that gave him momentum for the rest of his day.
â€śMy putting definitely showed up today,â€ť Gribble said. â€śIt feels good to put myself into contention for tomorrow. The competition here is always the best. The AJGA runs the best tournaments and the courses are always in perfect shape.â€ť
Roach and Hu shot 6-under-par 66s to finish the round tied for second place. Tom Hoge of Fargo, N.D., and David Sanders of Mt. Laurel, N.J., are two strokes back after shooting opening round 5-under-par 67s.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
The second round of the FootJoy Boys Invitational will begin at 7:00 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Forest Oaks Country Club. For more information about the FootJoy Boys Invitational, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (336) 674-4137.