COCA-COLA JUNIOR ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIP AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS
Boyne Highlands Resort - Heather Course
Harbor Springs, Mich. • June 30 - July 3
REE RACES AHEAD TO THREE-STROKE LEAD AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — Ryann Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif., fired a 5-under-par 67 Wednesday to grab the Boys Division lead after the first round of the Coca-Cola Junior All-Star Championship at Boyne Highlands. In the Girls Division, Vivian Tsui of Markham, Ontario, carded a 1-over-par 73 to take the lead heading into Thursday's second round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Coca-Cola Junior All-Star Championship at Boyne Highlands is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Boyne Highlands — Moor Course. The tournament field consists of 101 boys and 32 girls, ages 12 to 15 from 27 states, Columbia and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 6,808 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,046 yards.
Ree, carding a personal low round in an AJGA event, notched five birdies on the day en route to a 34-33 score on the front and back nines. He attributed his bogey-free round to a safe-play game plan and a solid putting performance.
“I have been working on my short game so that really helped me a lot,” Ree said. “My putting and chipping worked really well, and tomorrow I just need to play like I played today to be okay.”
Three strokes behind Ree, carding a 2-under-par 70, is Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis. Chandler Fischer of Nicholasville, Ky., is in third place at 1-under-par 71, while Tee-k Kelly of Wheaton, Ill., and Caleb Barker of Highlands Ranch, Colo., are tied for fourth at even-par 72.
In the Girls Division, Tsui currently leads by two strokes after a solid first-round performance after medaling in the AJGA National Qualifier Tuesday. The 15-year-old said the familiarity she gained during that event helped throughout her round that featured four birdies and an eagle.
“I got a glimpse of the course during the qualifier, and that helped me get a good feel of the greens,” Tsui said. “Today was really up and down for me but tomorrow I just plan on playing the same way and seeing what happens.”
Emma Smyser of Naples, Fla., is in second place after carding a 3-over-par 75. In a three-way tie for third at 5-over-par 77 are Alexandra White of Haymarket, Va., Silvia Garces of Cali, Colombia, and Alexandra Harkins of Crystal Lake, Ill.
The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 11 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15 and presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into Open tournaments. Juniors are limited to a maximum combination of five AJGA Open and Junior All-Star Series events during a calendar year. The series concludes with the Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Boyne Highlands Resort, located in Harbor Springs, Michigan, is home to The Golf Channel’s Big Break X: Michigan. The full-service resort lures golfers with 72 holes of public play championship golf and delights vacationers with its Scottish charm. Luxury accommodations, savory cuisine, a par-3 course, horseback trail rides and the Young Americans Dinner Theatre make Boyne Highlands Resort a popular destination for golf and family vacations. Golf and lodging packages start at $82.00 per person. For more information, visit www.BOYNE.com.
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 50 states and more than 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 for the Coca-Cola Junior All-Star Championship at Boyne Highlands will run from 7:30 — 9 a.m. and noon — 1:39 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Boyne Highlands Resort — Moor Course. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Rachel Graves at (770) 861-0519, or Tournament Headquarters at (231) 526-3111.