GRIFFIN TWO STROKES AWAY FROM COURSE RECORD TO LEAD BOYS DIVISION
Wenglasz carded an even-par 72 to gain top honors
LUBBOCK, Texas â€” Will Griffin of San Antonio, finished the first round with a score of 31-35â€”66 to earn himself the top spot on the leaderboard, only two strokes off of the course record of 64 at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. Whitney Wenglasz of Oldsmar, Fla., turned in a score of 72 to lead the Girls Division by one stroke at the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, The Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority is a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The tournament features 90 boys and 30 girls â€” ages 12-18 â€” from 12 states including 80 from Texas. Past Champions include Cody Wimberly of Lubbock, Texas and Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz.
A future Texas Tech golfer, Griffin carded a 31-35â€”66 to have a one-stroke lead over the Boys Division after Tuesday's round. Having played the course several times before, Griffin went six-under through seven, carding six birdies and one eagle.
â€śThe greens were smooth and perfect, I putted really well today,â€ť Griffin said. â€śMy goal was just to shoot well and use what I know about the course to help me out.â€ť
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division were Nicholas Brady of Los Alamos, N.M., who turned in a score of 34-33â€”67. Broc Raymond of The Woodlands, Texas, Brandon Putnam of Albuquerque, N.M., and Michael Whitehead of Sugar Land, Texas, all carded first-round scores of 68s. Darren Chapman of Destin, Fla., and Shane Williams of The Woodlands, Texas, both finished with a 3-under-par 69. Brian Scherer of Midland, Texas, Jose Contreras of El Paso, Texas, and Jadon Mehra and Philip Krebsbach of San Antonio, all shot 70s
With three birdies and 12 pars, Wenglasz shot a 35-37â€”72, earning herself the top position after the first round. Wenglasz had a mindset of playing to her best ability.
â€śI wanted to shoot under and place my shots,â€ť Wenglasz explained. â€śI wanted to conquer it (putting) for the tournament.
Tied for second are Jennifer Johnson of Carlsbad, Calif., Eunice Yim of La Canada, Calif., Allyson Ferguson of Houston, and Lindsay Cullen of Allen, Texas with scores of 73s. Earning third place positions were Alexandra Richards of Austin, Texas and Kaitlin Hovda of Weslaco, Texas all finishing with 74s.
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 an annual 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, which is in its third decade of support, 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 compiles more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The second of the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority will be held Wednesday, June 21 at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University beginning at 7 a.m. For more information please contact tournament headquarters at (806)742-4653.