KISHIGAN TAKES FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT COOSA COUNTRY CLUB
Brodd leads Girls Division after shooting 69
ROME, Ga. — Benjamin Kishigian, 18, of Warner Robins, Ga., fired a 3-under-par 67 in the first round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic to lead the Boys Division. Jillian Brodd, 16, of Knoxville, Tenn., leads the Girls Division after shooting a 2-under-par 69.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic features 99 players, 74 boys and 25 girls, ages 12-18 from 13 states and Peru. Forty-four juniors come from the host state of Georgia. The 54-hole stroke play event is in its 10th year at Coosa Country Club. While the Boys Division par is 70, the Girls Division par for the course is 71.
Kishigian carded four birdies on the back nine to go four under on the back side. After shooting 1-over-par 36 on the front, Kishigian carded four consecutive birdies on the back side to finish with a 4-under-par 31.
Despite no birdies on the front nine, Kishigian said, pars were okay but it was the back that kept him ahead.
“I just played okay and then got hot on the back nine,” Kishigian said. “Today just seemed like all my misses were close enough to still make pars.”
Tied for second place in the Boys Division are Alex Boyd of Augusta, Ga., and Michael Perlmutter of Rockville, Md., both carding scores of 1-under-par 69. Boyd and Perlmutter each shot 1-over on the front and 2-under-par 33s on the back.
Tied for fourth place at even-par 70 are Johnny DelPrete of Palm City, Fla., Patrick McShane of Rome, Ga., Tyler Lamer of Jacksonville, Fla., Whit Roper of Athens, Ga., and Phillip Weaver of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Brodd's five birdies on the day led her to a two stroke lead over Madison Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. After missing a few short putts, Brodd said she'll be focusing on her putting for Wednesday's round.
“I missed a few short birdie putts that I should have made, but I played really well with my irons,” Brodd said. “I stuck everything within range for birdies.”
Finishing behind Brodd was Pressel with a score of even-par 71. In third place in the Girls Division is Erica Still of Waycross, Ga., with a 1-over-par 72 for the first round.
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, the largest Association of its kind, has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
The second round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Coosa Country Club off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic call tournament headquarters at (706) 232-3380 Ext. 382.