GRIMES TAKES FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT THE JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT MARSHALLIA RANCH
Feng cards a 2-over-par to take the lead in the Girls Division
VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. â€” Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., carded a 2-under-par 70 to take the first-round lead in the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch. Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., tallied two birdies to take the Girls Division lead by one stroke.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch is a 54-hole stroke play event held at the Marshallia Ranch Golf Course. The tournament field consists of 93 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-15, from 13 states and Canada. Eighty-seven hail from the home state of California. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 6,743 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,669 yards.
Grimes tallied five birdies and three bogeys in his first 18 holes of play, crediting his score to hitting the fairways.
â€śIf you hit the fairways well, this course is not that hard,â€ť said Grimes. â€śI gave myself a lot of opportunities to make birdie and I took advantage of them.â€ť
Kevin Carnegie of Oceanside, Calif., shot a 1-under-par 71 to put himself in second place behind Grimes. Patrick-Reilley McMahon of Santa Maria, Calif., is in third place after carding even-par 72 and Brian Campbell stands in fourth place with 1-over-par 73. Austin Roberts of Carmichael, Calif., Zachary Wright of Phoenix, Nick Tremps of San Antonio, Texas, Kraig Mcleod of Pebble Beach, Calif., and Bjorn Kallerud of Moraga, Calif., are all tied for fifth with 2-over par 74s.
Feng managed to battle through the afternoon winds to post a solid first-round score of 2-over-par 74.
â€śThe wind was difficult because it kept changing, so I had to keep adjusting my swing,â€ť Feng said. â€śI need to pay more attention to it tomorrow and do better with my club selection.â€ť
Rochelle Chan of Carson, Calif., and Marissa Borja of Spring Valley, Calif., both are tied for second after the first round with 3-over-par 75s.
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 a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 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 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.
Second-round tee times will run from 6:45 A.M. â€” 1:15 P.M. off the No. 1 tee at Marshallia Ranch Golf Course. For more information on the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (585) 245-2782.