RYDER LEADS BOYS DIVISION BY 3 STROKES
Yang leads Girls Division at Trump National Golf Club
BEDMINSTER, N.J.-Samuel Ryder of Rosemont, Pa., carded his first-ever sub-par round in competition with a 3-under-par 69 to lead the Boys Division after the first round of the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National Wednesday. In the Girls Division, Glory Yang of Murrieta, Calif., leads with a 37-36—73.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National is a 54-hole stroke-play competition featuring 84 boys and girls from 19 states. This is the first time Trump National Golf Club is hosting an AJGA event. The par-72 course is playing at 6,858 for the Boys Division (Girls Division is playing at 5,858 yards).
Ryder, who has only participated in three previous AJGA events, attributed his success to his driver, irons and consistent play.
“I did a lot of things right today. I didn't lose a ball all day,” Ryder said. “I missed a few short putts, but then I made up for it with long ones.”
Ryder, who carded six birdies on the day, qualified for the tournament Monday with an even-par 72 at Royce Brook Golf Club — West Course.
“I was hitting my driver well,” Ryder said. “I hit 11 fairways and 15 greens.”
Spencer Cole of Greer, S.C., follows Ryder at 72, and Paul Park of Wayne, N.J., is four shots back at 73. Thomas McCarthy of Tolland, Conn., and Sean Brannan of Hollidaysburg, Pa., are tied for fourth at 74.
In the Girls Division, Yang focused on solid iron play to card a three stroke lead.
“My shots were working today. I had a great 120-yard bunker shot on No. 18 green,” Yang said. “There was a foot between the edge of the bunker and my ball, and I put it right on the green and parred the hole.”
Yang, a Rolex Junior All-American, birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to finish strong for the final round.
“My best shot of the day was on No.17. I planned a fade shot and it worked out perfectly,” Yang said. “It landed one foot from the flagstick and then I birdied the hole.”
Katie Durnan of Mendham, N.J., trails by three strokes at 76 and Sarah Brown of Stewartsville, N.J., is in third at 77.
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 compiled 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 round of the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National will be Thursday, July 20 with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information on the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National, contact tournament headquarters at (908) 212-0251 or Tournament Director Andrew Greenfield at (770) 601-8922.