GOLF PRIDE JUNIOR CLASSIC
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, N.C. •
August 11 - 14
PARKER LEADS GOLF PRIDE JUNIOR CLASSIC AT 3-UNDER-PAR
68 Kirkâ€™s 4-under-par 67 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf
Club leads Girls Division
PINES, N.C. â€” Chase
Parker of Augusta, Ga., leads the Boys Division of the Golf
Pride Junior Classic after a round of 3-under-par 68 on Tuesday. Katie Kirk of Davidson, N.C., is atop the Girls Division after a
4-under-par 67 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf Pride
Junior Classic is a 54-hole stroke-play event being held at Pine Needles Lodge
& Golf Club, the host to three U.S. Womenâ€™s Opens in the past 12 years. The
tournament field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states.
The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,902yards, while the
Girls Division is being played at 6,002 yards.
Parker holds a one-stroke lead over three players entering the
second round. His opening round featured six birdies and three bogeys.
â€śI hit the ball really well today,â€ť Parker said. â€śI actually
couldâ€™ve gone lower. A lot of my birdie putts were tap-ins.â€ť
Sitting in a three-way tie for second at 2-under-par 69 are
Michael McGowan of Southern Pines, N.C., Evan Beck of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mike Genovese of Pensacola, Fla.In
a seven-way tie for fifth place at 1-under-par 70 are Robert Register of
Burlington, N.C., Zachary Blair of Ogden, Utah, Ben Kohles of Cary, N.C., Bo
Andrews of Raleigh, N.C., Patrick Lundy of Little River, S.C., Grayson Murray
also of Raleigh, and Paul Howell of Wilson, N.C.
On a day when no other players in the Girls Division broke par,
Kirkâ€™s round that featured five birdies and one bogey gives her a six-stroke
lead after the first round.
â€śI missed only two greens and putted really well,â€ť Kirk said. â€śIt
was the best round Iâ€™ve ever had.â€ť
Tied for second place at 2-over-par 73 are Christina Miller of Bradenton, Fla., Courtney Gunter of Matthews, N.C., and
Victoria Kiser of Orlando, Fla.
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 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.
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 Golf Pride Junior
Classic will be an shotgun start Wednesday at
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. For more information, please call AJGA
Tournament Headquarters at (910) 692-7111, ext. 2222, or visit the AJGA Web
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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.