BRAVER SHOOTS LOW TO TAKE FIRST-ROUND LEAD IN MEMPHIS
Beeler and Martindale share lead in Girls Division
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sam Braver of Roswell, Ga., carded the only under-par round Tuesday with a 1-under-par 70 to take the early lead in the Boys Division at the David Gossett Junior Championship presented by Stanford Financial Group. In the Girls Division, Brooke Beeler of Butler, Ill., and Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., share the first-round lead after shooting 2-over-par 73s.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the David Gossett Junior Championship presented by Stanford Financial Group is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at TPC Southwind. The 84-player field features players from 19 states, Taiwan and Canada. The par-71 course is being played at 6,835 yards in the Boys Division and 6,000 yards for the Girls Division.
Braver, fresh off a sudden-death playoff victory at last week's Heritage Junior Championship, finished with an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys in his round.
“It wasn't anything that special, I just didn't do anything stupid out there,” Braver said. “I was hitting the ball but wasn't making many putts.”
Braver said he looks forward to continuing his solid play throughout the week.
“I'm trying to play my game and do well,” Braver said. “If I just focus on that and not get too ahead then things will keep going well for me.”
Tied for second place in the Boys Division are Alex Frankel of Atlanta, Ga., and Justin Harding of Fredericksburg, Va., who both shot even-par 71. Tommy Chung Hao Mou of Taipei, Taiwan is in fourth after carding a 1-over-par 72. Seven other players are tied for fifth with 2-over-par 73s.
Martindale, playing in her first AJGA Open Event this summer, credited some of her success to the quickness of the greens at TPC Southwind.
“My putting was working out well for me today,” Martindale said. “The fast greens let me lag it to around three feet and then I was able to tap in.”
Beeler had an up-and-down day, spreading two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey throughout her round. She also credited some of her early success to her short game.
“My putting was really good, overall I had a pretty good day,” Beeler said. “I'm glad I shot well even though I had some struggles.”
Lauren Spurlock of Germantown, Tenn., is in second place in the Girls Division after carding a 3-over-par 74. Tied for fourth with 4-over-par 75s are Haley Sanders of Rogers, Ark., Mary Michael Maggio of Conway, Ark., Olivia Garard of Columbine Valley, Colo., and Lauren Stratton of Spring Hill, Tenn.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 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.
Second-round tee times for the David Gossett Junior Championship presented by Stanford Financial Group start at 7:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Wednesday. For more information on the David Gossett Junior Championship presented by Stanford Financial Group, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (901) 748-0534.