THE JUNIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. • September 2 - 5

Media Score PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- First Round results from the The Junior PLAYERS Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at TPC Sawgrass.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7215. Rating: 76.8. Slope: 155

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Michael Johnson
2011
Birmingham, Ala. 32-36--68
2 Thomas Stewart
2011
St Augustine, Fla. 35-34--69
T3 Wyndham Clark
2012
Greenwood Village, Colo. 35-35--70
3 Billy Kennerly
2011
Alpharetta, Ga. 37-33--70
T5 Shun Yat Hak
2012
Lake Mary, Fla. 35-36--71
5 JD Tomlinson
2011
Gainesville, Fla. 36-35--71
T7 Beau Hossler
2013
Mission Viejo, Calif. 38-34--72
7 Emiliano Grillo
2011
(Argentina) Bradenton, Fla. 35-37--72
7 Sean Kelly
2011
Staten Island, N.Y. 34-38--72
T10 Jordan Spieth
2011
Dallas, Texas 37-36--73
10 Preston Valder
2011
Yorba Linda, Calif. 39-34--73
10 Robby Shelton, IV
2013
Wilmer, Ala. 37-36--73
10 Dermot McElroy
2011
Maynooth, Ireland 38-35--73
T14 Yosuke Asaji
2012
Tokyo, Japan 35-39--74
14 Jay Hwang
2011
San Diego, Calif. 39-35--74
14 Jason Roets
2011
(South Africa) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. 39-35--74
14 Stephen Behr, Jr.
2011
Florence, S.C. 35-39--74
14 Grayson Murray
2012
Raleigh, N.C. 38-36--74
T19 Lorens Chan
2012
Honolulu, Hawaii 37-38--75
19 Guillermo Pereira Jr.
2013
Santiago, Chile 39-36--75
19 Jonathan Garrick
2012
Atherton, Calif. 41-34--75
19 Gavin Hall
2013
Pittsford, N.Y. 36-39--75
19 Jim Liu
2013
Smithtown, N.Y. 37-38--75
19 Oliver Schniederjans
2011
Powder Springs, Ga. 38-37--75
19 Stewart Jolly
2011
Birmingham, Ala. 38-37--75
19 Jimmy Beck
2011
Columbus, Ga. 37-38--75
19 Tanner Kesterson
2011
Plano, Texas 37-38--75
19 Daniel Berger
2011
Jupiter, Fla. 36-39--75
19 Cody Proveaux
2012
Leesville, S.C. 38-37--75
19 Adam Svensson
2012
Surrey, British Columbia 38-37--75
T31 J.J. Holen
2011
Castaic, Calif. 38-38--76
31 M.J. Maguire
2011
St.Petersburg, Fla. 40-36--76
31 David Lee
2012
Houston, Texas 36-40--76
31 Michael Moorhead
2012
Newport Beach, Calif. 38-38--76
31 Gary Hurley
2011
Maynooth, Ireland 41-35--76
T36 Thomas Sorensen
2011
Hjorring, Denmark 36-41--77
36 AJ McInerney
2012
Henderson, Nev. 38-39--77
36 Zachary Olsen
2013
Cordova, Tenn. 37-40--77
36 Taylor Moore
2012
Edmond, Okla. 41-36--77
36 Callum Shinkwin
2011
Watford, United Kingdom 38-39--77
36 Adam Strom
2013
Goteborg, Sweden 38-39--77
T42 Stanislas Gautier
2011
Hilton Head, S.C. 38-40--78
42 Mathias Schjoelberg
2011
Baerum, Norway 38-40--78
42 Lee McCoy
2012
Clarkesville, Ga. 43-35--78
42 Alex Carpenter
2011
Westerville, Ohio 41-37--78
42 Motin Yeung
2012
Orlando, Fla. 40-38--78
42 Curtis Thompson
2011
Coral Springs, Fla. 40-38--78
42 Daichi Morisugi
2012
Yamatokoriyama, Japan 37-41--78
42 Patrick Rodgers
2011
Avon, Ind. 38-40--78
42 Dru Love
2012
Sea Island, Ga. 37-41--78
42 Carl Jonson
2011
Bainbridge Island, Wash. 37-41--78
T52 Eli Juren
2011
Austin, Texas 40-39--79
52 Yi Keun Chang
2012
Walnut, Calif. 39-40--79
52 Nicholas Reach
2011
Moscow, Pa. 40-39--79
52 Rak Cho
2011
Brea, Calif. 42-37--79
52 Kramer Hickok
2011
Plano, Texas 41-38--79
52 Brian Campbell
2011
Irvine, Calif. 38-41--79
52 Nicholas Grubnich
2011
Crown Point, Ind. 39-40--79
52 Frederik Hammer
2013
DK-2960 Rungsted Kyst, Denmark 39-40--79
52 Brandon Stone
2011
Pretoria, South Africa 39-40--79
52 Toby Tree
2012
Horsham, United Kingdom 42-37--79
T62 Joshua Martin
2015
Pinehurst, N.C. 41-39--80
62 Michael Kim
2011
Del Mar, Calif. 41-39--80
62 Matthew Mabrey
2011
Little Rock, Ark. 38-42--80
T65 Tyler Dunlap
2011
Westlake, Texas 40-41--81
65 Andrew Decker
2011
Greenville, N.C. 39-42--81
65 Zachery Munroe
2011
Charlotte, N.C. 40-41--81
65 Andrew Levitt
2012
Ladera Ranch, Calif. 41-40--81
65 Chad Cox
2012
Charlotte, N.C. 40-41--81
65 Nicolas Echavarria
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 42-39--81
65 Anthony Murdaca
2013
West Hindmarsh SA, Australia 41-40--81
65 Denny McCarthy
2011
Burtonsville, Md. 41-40--81
73 Kristoffer Ventura
2014
Rygge, Norway 42-42--84
74 Will Zalatoris
2014
Plano, Texas 43-44--87
75 Alex Lloyd
2012
Virginia Beach, Va. 43-45--88
76 Juan Benitez
2011
Puebla, Mexico 48-41--89
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Zachary Herr
2013
New Hope, Pa.
86-JWD
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Victor Tarnstrom
2013
Nykvarn, Sweden
-DQ - Rule 6-6d
         
 

Johnson Leads After First Round of The Junior PLAYERS Championship
Stewart sits one stroke back in second at TPC Sawgrass - The PLAYERS Stadium Course

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Michael Johnson of Birmingham, Ala., used eight birdies during his round to overcome a streaky back nine and fire a 4-under-par 68. Johnson, who was added to the field Wednesday night after a last-minute withdrawal, holds a one-shot lead over Thomas Stewart of St. Augustine, Fla., entering Saturday's second round.

In cooperation with the PGA TOUR, the American Junior Golf Association has brought 78 players, ages 12-18, from 20 states and 13 foreign countries to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course for a special junior golf experience. The Junior PLAYERS Championship is mirrored after THE PLAYERS, and the 7,215-yard, par-72 layout matches the set-up used at the PGA TOUR event. For the first time in The Junior PLAYERS Championship history, the 2010 champion will be given a sponsor's exemption to the Nationwide Tour's Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open Presented by Planters, which will be played Oct. 18-24 at TPC Sawgrass — Dye's Valley Course.

Johnson, who started the day on the back nine, had a stretch of 10 holes in which he did not mark a par on his scorecard. Throughout those holes, Johnson carded seven birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey, which came on No. 18 — statistically the hardest hole on the course. After No. 18, Johnson was able to calm down and he birdied the next three holes.

“My caddie told me after I finished nine, ‘if you were on the range at the beginning of the day and thought about being even after the back nine here you would be pretty happy',” Johnson said. “So I took that and continued on to the front.”

The roller coaster first round was not the only excitement Johnson has experienced in the last couple days. With a late withdrawal, he was the last player to gain entry into The Junior PLAYERS Championship and has made the most of his opportunity.

“It was 5:30 in the evening and I was playing golf, getting ready to go to West Virginia,” Johnson said. “My mom called me and said we are going to have to change our plane tickets. I was pretty excited.”

Johnson feels that this does not change his mentality and is looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

“You can't win on the first day and you just have to take it from there,” Johnson said. “That's what I do, at least.”

Behind Johnson and Stewart are Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, Ga., and Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo., who sit in third at 2-under-par 70. Shun Yat Hak of Lake Mary, Fla., and JD Tomlinson of Gainesville, Fla., are tied for fifth after a 1-under-par 71.

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Tee times for Saturday's second round will run from 8 — 9:48 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees of The PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. For more information regarding The Junior PLAYERS Championship, contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-8922.

 
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Reunion, FL
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Weekly Results
McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends
Boys
Total
T
1
Harrison Ott
70
T
1
Derrick Villarreal
70
3
Michael Abrahamson
71
Girls
Total
1
Sienna Chapman
70
T
2
Riley Rennell
71
T
2
Madeleine Garay
71
Will Claxton Junior presented by TestDrive.com
Boys
Total
1
Reese Ramsey
143
2
Connor Coffee
146
T
3
Michael Brown
147
T
3
Davis Thompson
147
Girls
Total
1
Kayley Marschke
148
2
Mai Dechathipat
151
T
3
Michaela Owen
153
T
3
Anneke Strobach
153
T
3
Athena Yang
153
Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open
Boys
Total
1
Sutherland Stith
135
T
2
Noah Goodwin
137
T
2
Riley Casey
137
Girls
Total
1
Cheyenne Knight
141
2
Hillary Hernandez
142
3
Karen Miyamoto
144
AJGA Annapolis Junior
Boys
Total
1
John Pak
139
2
Cole Hand
142
3
Bennett Buch
143
Girls
Total
1
Jiayu Kong
143
T
2
Julia Calbi
147
T
2
Nikolette Schroeder
147
AJGA Junior at Mayacama
Boys
Total
1
*Eddy Lai
214
2
Isaiah Salinda
214
3
Jack Ireland
219
Girls
Total
1
Marianne Li
217
2
Beth Lillie
219
3
Kathleen Scavo
220
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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