PING PHOENIX JUNIOR
Moon Valley Country Club
Phoenix, Ariz. • June 7 - 10

Media Score PHOENIX, Ariz. -- First Round results from the PING Phoenix Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Moon Valley Country Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7210. Rating: 74.3. Slope: 125
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6373. Rating: 75.9. Slope: 134

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Trey Kaahanui
2012
Tempe, Ariz. 34-33--67
2 Nathan Weant
2011
Hallsville, Texas 34-34--68
T3 Alex McMahon
2011
Tucson, Ariz. 35-35--70
3 Zachary Wright
2012
Phoenix, Ariz. 33-37--70
5 George Cunningham
2014
Tucson, Ariz. 36-35--71
T6 Matt McClure
2011
Tucson, Ariz. 40-32--72
6 Michael Anderson
2011
Phoenix, Ariz. 38-34--72
6 Macgregor Hoobery
2011
Santa Maria, Calif. 35-37--72
6 Caston Roberts
2011
Gilbert, Ariz. 34-38--72
T10 Ken Lida
2012
Gilbert, Ariz. 37-36--73
10 Kevin Lee
2011
Cerritos, Calif. 34-39--73
T12 David Lowe
2011
Scottsdale, Ariz. 37-37--74
12 Jason Chen
2013
Brea, Calif. 37-37--74
12 Cameron Palmer
2011
Gilbert, Ariz. 34-40--74
12 Scott Kim
2011
Richland, Wash. 35-39--74
12 Brian K. Song
2012
Beverly Hills, Calif. 37-37--74
12 Kyle  Jones
2011
Taylor, Ariz. 38-36--74
12 Chris Blystone
2010
Santa Maria, Calif. 37-37--74
T19 Michael Timpson
2010
Montrose, Calif. 36-39--75
19 Jordan Lowery
2010
Gilbert, Ariz. 35-40--75
19 Brian Blanchard
2011
Phoenix, Ariz. 37-38--75
19 Will Scarlett
2011
Woodland, Calif. 35-40--75
19 Andrew Bieber
2013
Shaker Heights, Ohio 40-35--75
19 Neil Evans
2011
Phoenix, Ariz. 39-36--75
19 Austin Quick
2011
Scottsdale, Ariz. 40-35--75
19 Joshua Lee
2013
Orange Park, Fla. 37-38--75
19 Andrew Rudy
2013
San Diego, Calif. 39-36--75
T28 Jay Lim
2011
La Canada, Calif. 35-41--76
28 Michael Werenski
2013
South Hadley, Mass. 37-39--76
28 Ki Taek Lee
2013
La Quinta, Calif. 38-38--76
28 Konstantin Von Beringe
2012
Scottsdale, Ariz. 38-38--76
28 Blake Toolan
2013
Phoeinx, Ariz. 39-37--76
28 Logan Dix
2011
Phoenix, Ariz. 39-37--76
T35 Dustin Blair
2011
El Paso, Texas 38-39--77
35 Tommy Economou
2011
Hillsborough, Calif. 39-38--77
35 Kolton Lapa
2012
Mesa, Ariz. 39-38--77
35 Kevin Lee
2011
Irvine, Calif. 38-39--77
35 Ryan Theisen
2013
Scottsdale, Ariz. 39-38--77
35 Colton West
2012
Mesa, Ariz. 39-38--77
35 Ricky Lee
2011
Tucson, Ariz. 38-39--77
35 Paul Smith
2011
Turlock, Calif. 35-42--77
T43 J.J. Holen
2011
Castaic, Calif. 43-35--78
43 Tae Wan Lee
2013
Orlando, Fla. 39-39--78
T45 Christopher Petefish
2014
Danville, Calif. 39-40--79
45 Dustin Dalzell
2011
Scottsdale, Ariz. 43-36--79
45 Bhuvan Potluri
2011
Irvine, Calif. 43-36--79
T48 Juan Espiga
2011
(Venezuela) Katy, Texas 40-40--80
48 Kyan Palmer
2013
Gilbert, Ariz. 40-40--80
T50 Henry Todd
2011
Trophy Club, Texas 41-40--81
50 Brett Wilson
2012
Mesa, Ariz. 38-43--81
52 Alex Nelson
2010
McKinney, Texas 41-41--82
53 Max Rosen
2011
Colleyville, Texas 41-42--83
54 Taylor McCullum
2013
Hoover, Ala. 40-45--85
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Tommy Marino
2012
Peoria, Ariz.
76-82-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
T1 Jenny Hahn
2012
Henderson, Nev. 37-35--72
1 Anna Kim
2012
Chandler, Ariz. 35-37--72
1 Courtney Ferguson
2011
Houston, Texas 35-37--72
1 Lilia Vu
2015
Fountain Valley, Calif. 34-38--72
5 Paige Lee
2013
Folsom, Calif. 37-37--74
T6 Devon Brown
2010
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 37-38--75
6 Kendall Dusenberry
2012
Newhall, Calif. 39-36--75
6 Megan Osland
2011
Kelowna, British Columbia 39-36--75
T9 Saki Iida
2013
Gilbert, Ariz. 38-38--76
9 Kyung Kim
2012
Chandler, Ariz. 40-36--76
9 Dana Finkelstein
2011
Chandler, Ariz. 38-38--76
T12 Aurora Kan
2011
Boothwyn, Pa. 37-40--77
12 Paige Spiranac
2011
Scottsdale , Ariz. 39-38--77
12 Daniela Ordonez
2011
Bogota, Colombia 38-39--77
T15 Momo Sakuragi
2012
Irvine, Calif. 39-39--78
15 Sun Gyoung Park
2010
Vail, Ariz. 39-39--78
T17 Christina Stringham
2011
Pasadena, Texas 40-39--79
17 Helen Kim
2013
Gilbert, Ariz. 39-40--79
17 Sarah Baek
2011
Encinitas, Calif. 39-40--79
T20 Hannah Kim
2014
Chula Vista, Calif. 42-38--80
20 Yingzhou Yun
2012
(China) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. 40-40--80
20 Laura Jabczenski
2011
Tucson, Ariz. 43-37--80
23 Taylor Moreno
2011
Austin, Texas 42-43--85
24 Spenser Krut
2012
Del Mar, Calif. 49-41--90
 

Kaahanui Out to an Early Lead in the PING Phoenix Junior
Four-Way Tie for First in the Girls Division Going into the Second Round

PHOENIX, Ariz.  - Trey Kaahanui of Tempe, Ariz., carded a 5-under-par 67 to claim the top spot on the leaderboard after the first round of the PING Phoenix Junior. In the Girls Division, four golfers sit in a tie for first. Jenny Hahn of Henderson, Nev., Anna Kim of Chandler, Ariz., Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Courtney Ferguson of Houston, all finished with scores of even-par 72.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Phoenix Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Moon Valley Country Club. The 78-player field features players from 11 states, Canada, Columbia and Switzerland. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,210 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 6,373 yards.

On a course that proved tougher to navigate than many expected, Kaahanui credited staying on top of the field in the first round to his excellent ball striking.

"I was keeping my ball in play off the tee," Kaahanui said. "I gave myself the opportunity to make birdies and save pars."

Kaahanui finished his day with six birdies and one bogey, and said that he was glad to be playing in his own backyard.

"I just tried to play today like it was a practice round," he said. "I had a lot of fun with the guys I was playing with."

Nathan Weant of Hallsville, Texas, finished the first round just one stroke off the pace of the leader after shooting a 4-under-par 68. Alex McMahon of Tucson, Ariz., and Zachary Wright of Phoenix, ended the day in a tie for third at 2-under-par 70 and George Cunningham of Litchfield Park, Ariz., sits in fifth after posting a first-round score of 1-under-par 71.

In the Girls Division, Hahn was not at all disappointed with her first round, but she thought that she had some missed opportunities.

"I left a lot of birdie putts out there," Hahn said. "If I had made those, I could have gone a little lower."

Kim birdied two of her first three holes and contributed much of her early success to her short game.

"I made a lot of long putts, and I had some good chip shots to save a few pars," Kim said.

Vu also got her round off to a good start as she birdied four holes on the front nine. Vu struggled a bit on the back nine, but she still managed to hold on to a share of the lead. Vu won the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley earlier this year and is looking to continue her success.

"My win at Oak Valley gave me a lot of confidence coming into this event," Vu said. "I just want to keep going and make as many putts as possible."

Ferguson was the last of the leaders in the Girls Division to finish her round, and she was surprised to find herself in a tie for the lead.

"I was hoping that my score would be good enough to keep me in the top three; I did not expect to be in a tie for the lead," said Ferguson.

Ferguson hopes to lower her score in the second round by improving her shots off the tee.

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Second round tee times will run from 6:30 - 8:18 a.m off Nos. 1 and 10 tees Wednesday, June 9. For more information on the PING Phoenix Junior, contact Tournament Headquarters at 678-617-9917.


 
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