TETRAULT, LEONARD SHARE LEAD AFTER DAY ONE AT FLOSSMOOR
Tied atop the leaderboard, Elliott and Armstrong lead Girls Division
FLOSSMOOR, Ill. — Brendan Leonard of Cambridge, Ontario, and Ryan Tetrault of Orange, Calif., each carded 2-under-par 70s to grab a share of the Boys Division lead after the first round of the AJGA Flossmoor Junior Open. In the Girls Division, Alyssa Elliott of Madison, Wis., and Ashley Armstrong of Flossmoor, Ill., are currently tied after both registering 4-over-par 77s at Flossmoor Country Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Flossmoor Junior Open is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Flossmoor Country Club. The tournament field features 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 14-18, from 14 states, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Thailand. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,999 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the layout at par-73, 6,155 yards.
Leonard started his day strong, with birdies on three of the first four holes before adding a fourth at the par-3 seventh to leave him at 3-under-par 33 for the front side. He gave a stroke back with a bogey on No. 14 but finished with four pars to end the round at 2-under-par 70. Leonard credited his round to a solid short game.
“My wedges were pretty good today, most of my birdie shots were to three or four feet,” Leonard said. “I had worked on them a little bit before heading down for the week, and it seemed to work out well today.”
Tetrault was similarly solid, carding 1-under-par 35s on both the front and back nines. His round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5, No. 18, in addition to three birdies on the day.
“Coming into the week I had no confidence in my driver, but today I was pretty happy with it after hitting some decent shots out there,” Tetrault said. “Overall, though, it was a pretty boring round; all around solid and not too many mistakes.”
Guillermo Pereira Jr. of Santiago, Chile, carded a 1-over-par 73 to stand in third, while Jack Wilkes of Roanoke, Va., and Corey Konieczki of Rockford, Ill., are tied for fourth at 2-over-par 74.
Armstrong, a Flossmoor native, started her round with five straight pars before surrendering a stroke on the par-4 sixth. She finished her day with scores of 38-39 on the front and back nines, respectively.
“My pitching and chipping really saved me out there,” Armstrong said. “My driver was giving me a lot of trouble, sliding to the right, so my short game really helped. I had some three-footers that were crucial.”
After finishing tied for third at last week's McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends, Elliott again stayed steady, carding nines of 37-40, to finish two shots ahead of the field. Elliott said she was happy with her play, but looked to improve her game overall heading into the second round.
“I definitely left a few strokes out there,” Elliott said. “I had some times where I couldn't get a putt to drop but hopefully that will change tomorrow. Otherwise, I played pretty consistently, though.”
Maria Jose Benavides of Mexico City, Mexico, and Banchalee Theinthong of Bangkok, Thailand, sit tied for third at 6-over-par 79.
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 for the AJGA Flossmoor Junior Open will run Wednesday from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No.1 tee at Flossmoor Country Club. For more information, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (708) 798-4700.