Herr Handles Green Mountain National Golf Course With Ease
Liu leads after first round of Killington Junior Golf Championship
KILLINGTON, Vt. — Zachary Herr of New Hope, Pa., took a strong lead in the Boys Division following the first round of the Killington Junior Golf Championship with a 6-under-par 65, one stroke away from tying the course record. Yu Liu of Beijing, China holds the top spot in the Girls Division with a 1-over-par 72.
The Killington Junior Golf Championship is a 54-hole stroke play tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Green Mountain National Golf Course. The 99-player field features 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states, China and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,584 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 5,889 yards.
Herr relied on strong iron play and putting to help him tie his personal best on Tuesday. He marked seven birdies for the round, six of which were putts inside five feet.
“I played really well,” Herr said. “I hit 16 greens, sunk a couple putts for birdie. I'm very happy. It was definitely my best round all season.”
Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn., is in second with 3-under-par 68. Nick McLaughlin of New Castle, N.H., sits in third after carding a 2-under-par 69. Quinn Prchal of Glenview, Ill., Sean Bozuk of Burlington, Ontario, and Evan Russell of Essex Junction, Vt., are all tied for fourth with scores of even-par 71.
Liu leads the Girls Division by one stroke after medaling in Sunday's K12 Qualifier. Having a rough day off the tees, Liu was unable to find the fairways as often as she would have liked. However, confidence in her putting gave her a level head and saved her when she got in tough situations.
“I felt confident with my putting,” Liu said of how she stayed calm despite fairway troubles. “I putted better than Sunday and never missed a putt within three yards. Hopefully tomorrow I can be more consistent with my fairway woods.”
Isabel Southard of Sharon, Mass., and Alice Chen of Princeton, N.J., are tied for second at 2-over-par 73.
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 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 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.
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. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
Second-round tee times for the Killington Junior Golf Championship will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Green Mountain National Golf Course. For more information about the Killington Junior Golf Championship please contact Tournament Director Ryan Tahara at (678) 617-2427.