EXIDE TECHNOLOGIES JUNIOR OPEN
The Country Club of the South
Johns Creek, Ga.
April 13-15, 2012
Pierce leads Boys Division heading into final round at Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno
Wagner sits atop Girls Division field with one-stroke lead
JOHNS CREEK, Ga.
— Brandon Pierce of Covington, La. shot a 5-under-par 67 during Saturday's first round at The Country Club of the South to earn a 3-stroke lead in the Boys Division at the Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno. In the Girls Division, Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., carded a 4-under-par 68 to hold the lead heading into Sunday's final round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno is a 36-hole stroke play competition at The Country Club of the South. The boys played at par-72, 6,893 yards, and the girls played at par-72, 5,941 yards. The 78-player field features boys and girls from 17 states and eight foreign countries.
Pierce finished his first round with six birdies and only one bogey, including birdies on each of the course's four par-5 holes. When asked about what stood out during his first round, Pierce quickly noted his tee shots.
“Normally, every single time I play I don't hit my driver well,” he said. “I hit a good bit of fairways today, I never hit an OB ball or a lost ball and I've been doing that pretty much once a round, so I'm pretty glad I'm finally figuring my driver out.”
Pierce doesn't plan to change much to his game heading into the final round.
“It's not any different, it's just another round of golf. I just have to keep going out there and having fun,” he said. “Hopefully I'll go out there tomorrow and hit the ball well again, putt it well and get the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible.”
In the Boys Division, three players are tied heading into the final round three shots off the lead held by Pierce. Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., Ryan Mondy of Blacksburg, Va., and Lee McCoy of Clarkesville, Ga. all shot a 2-under-par first-round 70. Michael Pisciotta of Alpharetta, Ga., Christopher Guglielmo of Cumming, Ga., Noah West of Belden, Miss., Poom Pattaropong of Bangkok, Thailand and Zachary Healy of Norcross, Ga. are all tied in fifth place after scoring an even-par 72.
Wagner has finished in second place the past two years at the Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno, so she is definitely hoping to carry the momentum from her first round into Sunday.
“I had 27 putts and I hit 13 greens so I was getting up and down a lot,” she said. “I had two bogeys and six birdies so it was a pretty good round.”
Like Pierce, Wagner plans on sticking to what helped her play so well in the first round, without changing much.
“I'm just going to keep playing my game, hitting fairways and greens and make some putts,” she said.
In the Girls Division, Wagner has a one-shot lead over Jessica Haigwood of Roswell, Ga. Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Anna Sophia Bohmer of Cali, Colombia are tied in third place after shooting an even-par 72.
About the AJGA
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Final-round tee times will run from 8 to 10 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Country Club of the South. For more information about the Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-5196.