WEAVER'S 5-UNDER-PAR 67 TAKES FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Tanco's strong showing gives her Girls Division lead at Dalhousie Golf Club
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. Ă˘â‚¬â€ť Coming off a victory last week at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior, Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., fired a score of 5-under-par 67 to hold the first-round lead in the Boys Division at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., holds the Girls Division lead by three strokes at 6-under-par 66 after Wednesday's first round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Dalhousie Golf Club. The 144-player field features players from 30 states and six foreign countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 Dalhousie Golf Club at 7,282 yards, while the Girls Division is playing it at 6,304 yards. This year marks the 32nd edition of the AJGA's flagship tournament. Past champions of this event include David Duval, Charles Howell III, Jamie Lovemark, Phil Mickelson, Leta Lindley, Grace Park, In-Bee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Weaver, who is heading to the University of California at Berkeley this fall, had an impressive day hitting 14 fairways and all 18 greens in regulation Wednesday's first round at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
"It was really my ball striking. I was just hitting it close and making putts every once in a while," Weaver said. "Winning last week definitely boosted my confidence. Tomorrow, I am just going to try and hit fairways and greens like I did today, and I should be fine."
Tied for second place at 4-under-par 68 heading into Thursday's second round are Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, and Talor Gooch of Midwest City, Okla. There are currently three boys tied for third at 3-under-par 69: Austin Cook of Jonesboro, Ark.; Jeffrey Kang of Fullerton, Calif.; and T.J. Vogel of Cooper City, Fla.
Tanco, the winner of the 2009 Mizuno Junior at Innisbrook, is looking to add this event to her win list as she posted a bogey-free round and made consecutive birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
"I hit really good shots into the pins and I had some good putts so I played well," Tanco said. "This was my best round in the AJGA, at 6-under-par, so I'm really happy about that."
Not too far behind in second place is Canadian player Nicole Zhang of Calgary, Alberta, who had three back-nine birdies to card a 3-under-par 69. Sitting in a four-way tie for third are Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C., Doris Chen of Bradenton, Fla., Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif., and Victoria Sungmin Park also of Irvine, Calif., who all carded rounds of 2-under-par 70.
Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. Along with sponsoring the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Rolex is also the title partner of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the proprietors of the Rolex Junior All-America Teams.
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 50 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.
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 Ă˘â‚¬â€ť 8:30 a.m. (first wave) and 12 Ă˘â‚¬â€ť 1:48 p.m. (second wave) off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information please contact Tournament Headquarters at 770-601-8922.