LISTER LEADS BOYS DIVISION AT JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT NEMACOLIN
Alonso sits atop the leaderboard at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's Mystic Rock Course
FARMINGTON, Pa. â€” Early fog was no match for Andrew Lister of Haymarket, Va., who carded a 2-under-par 70. Joining Lister atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division is Regina Alonso of Huixquilucan, Mexico at 3-over-par 75.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Nemacolin is being played at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's Mystic Rock Course. The tournament field consists of 97 players, 75 boys and 22 girls, ages 12 â€” 15, from 23 states, Mexico and Canada. The Boys Division is being played at 6,807 yards and the Girls Division at 6,005 yards.
After a slow start, Lister was able to bring up the speed by carding birdies on four out of five holes on the front nine, including a chip-in on No. 9, putting him at 3-under-par for the side.
â€śI was able to get up and down from around the green,â€ť Lister said.
This being his first time playing Mystic Rock Course, Lister enjoyed his steady play on the course today.
â€śThis is a really nice course,â€ť Lister said. â€śIt is probably the top course I have played.â€ť
One stroke behind Lister at 1-under-par 71 is Andrew Dorn of West Chester, Ohio. In a four-way tie for third at 1-over-par 73 are Charlie Saxon of Tulsa Okla., Alexander McMahon of Naples, Fla., Boo Timko of Girard, Ohio, and Zach Yinger of Sidney, Ohio.
In the Girls Division, Regina Alonso, who won last months Junior All-Star at Aspen, sits two strokes ahead of Laura Murray of Tipp City, Ohio. Alonso contributes her low score to her work on the greens.
â€śI had four birdies on the front nine,â€ť Alonso said. â€śI hit my driver straight, but my putting was the best part.â€ť
After double bogeys on Nos. 17, and 18, Alonso plans to practice her iron shots before going into Wednesday's second round, in hopes to improve her score for the back nine.
â€śTomorrow I hope to do better,â€ť Alonso said. â€śI want to stay with the same putting and maybe work harder on my irons and getting them onto the green.â€ť
Murray sits in second at 5-over-par 77. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division is Victoria Newbury of Williamsburg, Va., carding a 7-over-par 79.
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