LUSTIG AND DAVIS TIE FOR FIRST IN BOYS DIVISION AT JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT TOFTREES
Feng leads Girls Division by one stroke
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After the second round of the American Junior Golf Association's Junior All-Star at Toftrees, Bo Lustig of Belle Vernon, Pa., and Ryan Davis of Salem, Va., are tied for the lead in the Boys Division after carding 1-under-par 143 tournament totals. Simin Feng of Orlando, Fla., is in first place in the Girls Division recording a 3-over-par 147 tournament total.
Conducted by the AJGA, the Junior All-Star at Toftrees is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center. The Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12 - 15 years old. The competition provides an opportunity for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into open tournaments. The 98-player field features players from 19 states and Canada. The course is being played as a 6,578-yard par 72 for the Boys Division and a 5,711-yard par 72 in the Girls Division.
Lustig, 14, said his eagle on No. 8 helped give him confidence as he made the turn. Birdies on Nos. 14, 16 and 17 showed his confidence on the back nine to help him stay in the lead.
“I felt the best about my putting today,” Lustig said. “I only had 29 putts, so that's pretty good.”
Davis, 15, said after he sunk a 25-foot putt on No. 11 he knew all of his practice had paid off.
“I worked a lot on my putting and hitting my driver,” Davis said. “It helped my driver straighten up a lot.”
Currently in third place in the Boys Division is Cameron Palmer of Gilbert, Ariz., carding an even-par 144 tournament total. In fourth place is Nicholas Austin of Midlothian, Va., posting a 1-over-par 145 tournament total. Tied for fifth place carding 2-over-par 146s are David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., Suk Ho Kang of Flushing, N.Y., Andrew Kim of Old Tappan, N.J., and Brandon Dalinka of Newtown, Pa.
In the Girls Division, Feng, 12, said after a bogey on No. 1, she felt a little discouraged, but then with a birdie on No. 3 she felt like she could continue to play well. Feng said one thing that pushes her to play well is the competition, which is why she likes to play in AJGA events.
“If I could win an AJGA event it would mean a lot to me,” Feng said. “Hopefully I would be on the news Web site in China.”
Coming in one stroke behind the leader in second place carding a 4-over-par 148 is Suzie Lee of E. Northport, N.Y. Currently in third is Isabel Han of Lake Mary, Fla., posting a 7-over-par 151.
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 49 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 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.
Final-round tee times will run from 7-11:48 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center. For more information about the Junior All-Star at Toftrees, please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 485-1135.