MATCHING 65s LEAD RINGGOLD TELEPHONE COMPANY JUNIOR CLASSIC
Ho leads Boys Division, Ardoin first in Girls Division
RINGGOLD, Ga. — Collin Ho of Albany, Ga., shot an opening-round 65 to lead the Boys Division at the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic Tuesday. Ranked 36th in the Polo Golf Rankings, Kyndall Ardoin of Gibsland, La., matched Ho with a 65 of her own to lead the Girls Division by three.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic is being held at WindStone Golf Club. The tournament field consists of 72 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and China. The Boys Division is being played at 6,484 yards and the Girls Division at 5,797 yards.
Ho, 17, played a bogey-free round that included five birdies. With only 29 putts recorded on his card, he credited a number of successful up-and-downs as well as solid two-putts to his low score.
“I put every part of my game together today,” Ho said. “After the front nine I hoped the back would go well too. I hit good drives and solid putts and it all worked out.”
Tied for second in the Boys Division are Yao-Chun Yang of Troy, Mich., Jackson Beindorf of Vero Beach, Fla., and Brian Carter of Augusta, Ga., sitting one stroke back of Ho with 4-under-par 66s. Rounding out the top five at 2-under-par 68 are Zeyu He of Shen Zhen, China, Drew Aimone of Savannah, Ga., and Charlie Harrison of Atlanta.
On the girls' side, Ardoin, who has verbally committed to the University of Arizona for 2009, overcame a three-putt bogey on No. 1 to shoot her 5-under-par.
“I don't know what that was on the first hole,” Ardoin said. “After that, things just went easy and I had a lot of fun.”
Ardoin carded back-to-back birdies twice on the front nine, Nos. 4, 5, 8 and 9. “I liked this course, I was hitting well,” she said.
Sherlyn Popelka, of Reunion, Fla., is in second carding a 2-under-par 68. Rounding out the top three is Kristina Wong, 17, of Bradenton, Fla., at 1-under-par 69.
Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m.-12:18 p.m. off the No.1 tee Wednesday at WindStone Golf Club.
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 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. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information about the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic please contact tournament headquarters at 706-965-2541 or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.
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