WERENSKI SEIZES CONTROL WITH 5-UNDER-PAR 65 TO LEAD AT THE CORSEMAX/PHILADELPHIA RUNNER JUNIOR
Rohrback takes off to an early lead at Stonewall Links - North Course
ELVERSON, Pa. — Michael Werenski, 15, of South Hadley, Mass., took a two stroke lead in the Boys Division on Tuesday after firing a 5-under-par 65 at the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior. Kaitlyn Rohrback, 17, of Crofton, Md., leads the Girls Division after carding a 2-under-par 68 at Stonewall Links — North Course.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event, with a 36-hole cut, being held at Stonewall Links — North Course in Elverson, Pa. The field includes 106 boys and 38 girls, ages 12-18, from 21 states, South Korea and Canada. The par-70 course is being played at 6,663 yards for the Boys Division and 5,748 yards for the Girls Division.
After missing the first five greens, Werenski, who started on No. 10, fired back with a birdie on No. 15. Werenski hit his second shot to about five feet to make the easy tap in. From there, Werenski continued to have a hot club as he made three pars to finish out his front nine at 2-under-par 33. On his back nine, Werenski followed by making back-to-back-to-back birdies on Nos. 1, 2 and 3 to go along with birdies on Nos. 6 and 8. Werenski realizes he can't get ahead of himself going into the second round with the lead and needs to take it one shot at a time.
“My short game really saved me today,” Werenski said. “I started slow, but after I made birdie on No. 15 I really started feeling better about my game”
Trailing Werenski in second is Davis Schaller of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., at 3-under-par 67. Andrew McCracken of Virginia Beach, Va., and Nick McLaughlin of New Castle, N.H. finished tied for third at 1-under-par 69. Sean Bosdosh of Clarksburg, Md., rounded out the top five at even-par 70.
In the Girls Division, Rohrback was able to start her round 3-under-par through her first four holes and finished the front nine at 2-under-par 33. Rohrback was able to use her irons to nail her spots on the greens that left her with tap in birdies rather than longer putts on Nos. 1, 3, 4, 8 and 12. Rohrback, who competed in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship last week, learned that it is not always best to go for the big shots. Instead, Rohrback is focused on playing smart and that sometimes it is better to take a bogey. With her new strategy in hand, Rohrback managed to make par or better on 16 holes during the round on Tuesday.
“I was really close to the pin all day,” Rohrback said. “My irons put me in the position to get to my locations on the green all day. That really helped me accomplish my goal to shoot under par on the front and even par on the back.”
Sitting four shots behind of Rohrback at 2-over-par 72 is Cha Cha Willhoite of Palm Desert, Calif. In third, at 3-over-par 73 is Aurora Kan of Boothwyn, Pa.
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 CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior will run from 7:30 - 9:18 a.m. and noon-1:39 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Wednesday, August 12, at Stonewall Links — North Course. For more information about the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 571-7994.