SCHNIEDERJANS GRABS FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT THE ALDILA JUNIOR OPEN
Shon sits atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division at The Country Club of the South
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., shot a first-round 6-under-par 66 to lead the Boys Division of the Aldila Junior Open. In the Girls Division, Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., holds a 3-shot lead after firing a 5-under-par 67 in the first round at The Country Club of the South.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Aldila Junior Open is a 36-hole stroke play event being held at The Country Club of the South. The tournament field consists of 78 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 21 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 Course at 6,872 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 6,130 yards.
Schniederjans, 15, opened and closed his round with birdies and posted four others en-route to 6-under-par round. Struggling on the greens in the days leading to the tournament, Schniederjans made a last-minute decision to change putters and it paid off.
“I changed putters about an hour before the end of my practice round yesterday,” said Schniederjans. “I've been hitting really well but not putting so great. Today I putted really well.”
Brian Langley of Blacksburg, Va., took sole possession of second place with a first-round 3-under-par 69. Tom Lovelady of Birmingham, Ala., Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, Ga., and Myles Lewis of Metairie, La., each shot 2-under-par 70s to finish tied for third.
Shon had a solid front nine with a birdie and eight pars but her back nine separated her from the rest of the field. After making par on Nos. 10, 11, and 12 Shon birdied four of her final six holes.
“Our whole group birdied No. 13 and things really seemed to kick in after that,” said Shon. “I was able to get up and down on 17 to save par. I think that made way for my birdie on No. 18.”
Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai of Bradenton, Fla., sits three shots back after a first-round 2-under-par 70. Shooting 1-over-par 73s are Lauren Kim of Los Altos, Calif., Augusta James of Tamworth, Ontario, and Harin Lee of Bayside, N.Y.
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 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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.
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The final round of the Aldila Junior Open will be an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start Sunday, April 19, 2009. For more information about the Aldila Junior Open please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at 770-475-1803 ext. 2263.