WIBAWA GOES LOW, LEADS AFTER FIRST ROUND AT LONGBOW GOLF CLUB
Shin breaks par at Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club
MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Wibawa of Encino, Calif., fired a 3-under-par 68 Friday at the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club to claim the first-round lead. In the Girls Division, Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., was the only contender to shoot under par, thus claiming the lead with a 1-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Longbow Golf Club. The tournament field represents 96 boys and 48 girls, ages 12-18, from 14 states and three foreign countries. Twenty Rolex Junior All-Americans are featured in the field. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 7,001 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,150 yards.
An inauspicious beginning to Wibawa's day, a double bogey on his first hole, did not hinder the 16-year-old for long. A birdie on No. 2 was the first of five for Wibawa and he did not record anything above par for the rest of his round. Making the turn at even-par 35, Wibawa went under par with a birdie on No. 10 and never looked back.
“Other than my first hole, I played it safe and didn't make unnecessary mistakes,” the high school junior said. “My driver has really been working well for me today and tomorrow I just want to put it in the fairway.”
Wibawa's driver wasn't the only thing working well for him, as evidenced by a 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 No. 14.
Following Wibawa in a four-way tie for second, each carding a 2-under-par 69, are Alberto Sanchez of Nogales, Ariz., Chien Yao Hung of Taipei City, Taiwan, Mario Clemens of Beverly Hills, Calif., and James Back of Cerritos, Calif.
Also of note in the Boys Division was a 179-yard hole-in one by Scottsdale native Austin Quick on the par-3 No.3.
Shin's round was the picture of consistency, as she carded 7 pars on the front nine, trading bogey for birdie once. Her birdies on Nos. 10 and 14 kept her under par, and despite her a bogey on the par-5 No. 15 she maintained the lead through the round.
“I knew I was going to have a good day on No. 10,” Shin said. “I hit my shot well, but the wind picked up and it went to the back of the green and then I made my putt.”
Behind Shin in a three-way tie for second, each with an 1-over-par 72 are Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii, Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., and defending champion Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz.
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 50 states and more than 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 will run from 7:30-8:39 a.m. (First Wave) and 11:30 a.m.-1:09 p.m. (Second Wave) off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Longbow Golf Club. For more information about the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club, please contact Ashley O'Dell in the AJGA Communications Department at (256) 504-6385.