STARS OF TEXAS JUNIOR PRESENTED BY PARTY CITY
The Hills Country Club - Flintrock Falls Course
Austin, Texas •
August 3 - 6
DESTEFANO SITS ATOP A CROWDED LEADERBOARD WITH ONE-SHOT LEAD AT STARS OF TEXAS JUNIOR PRESENTED BY PARTYCITY
Mai chips and putts way to first-round lead at The Hills Country Club – Flintrock Falls Course
AUSTIN, Texas — Sam DeStefano of Bryan, Texas, fired the only under-par round of the day, 1-under-par 71, to take the one-shot lead in the Boys Division at the Stars of Texas Junior presented by PartyCity. In the Girls Division, Brittany Mai of Poway, Calif., used an excellent day around the difficult, undulating greens of the Flintrock Falls Course to jump out to an early one-stroke lead at 1-over-par 73.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Stars of Texas Junior presented by PartyCity is a 54-hole stroke play event, with a 36-hole cut, being held at The Hills Country Club – Flintrock Falls Course. The tournament field features 105 boys and 36 girls, ages 13-18, from 13 states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,960 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the Jack Nicklaus design at 6,008 yards.
DeStefano, who started on No. 10 in the two-tee format, bogeyed two of his first three holes, but wouldn’t let the two early bogeys rattle him, quickly bouncing back with a birdie on No. 13, and three more on the day to position himself solely at the top of the leaderboard after day one.
“I started off bad with two bogeys, but I made quite a bit of birdies to turn it around,” DeStefano said.“I didn’t have a three-putt, and I put my driver in play, which makes the course a lot easier, because you have to miss in the right spots on this course.”
The leaderboard in the Boys Division is quite bunched at the top with Tanner Kesterson of Plano, Texas, Chris Contreras of San Antonio, Curtis Reed of Castroville, Texas, and Joseph Winslow of Overland Park, Kan., all positioned in a tie for second at even-par 72.
Mai said she didn’t have her best game today but used splendid touch around the greens to counteract her disappointing ball-striking day.She played solid on the front nine, trading a bogey and a birdie for an even-par 36.Her back nine got off to a promising start, draining a 30-foot birdie putt, which she says gave her the confidence moving forward to close out her round at 1-over-par 73 on the day.
“I wasn’t hitting it very solid, but my short game saved me the whole time,” Mai said.“My chipping was great all day, which was important, because you have to really read the greens and focus on where you want to hit the ball because these greens are tough.”
Erin Jang of College Station, Texas, and Mariana Sims of Austin, Texas, sit in prime position to make a second-round charge at Mai’s lead, just one shot back in second at 2-over-par 74.
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 Stars of Texas Junior presented by PartyCity will run Wednesday from (first wave) and off the Nos.1 and 10 tees. For more information, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (678) 386-1487.
The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
What is Leadership Links?
Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.
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.