Johnson, Blandin Shoot Low at Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out
Vongphoumy takes over women's competitive course record at The Golf Club of Cape Cod
FALMOUTH, Mass. — Michael Johnson of Birmingham, Ala., and Maxime Blandin of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., lead the Boys Division after Tuesday's first round at 2-under-par 70. In the Girls Division, Juliet Vongphoumy of Providence, R.I., leads at 3-under-par 69.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out is a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Golf Club of Cape Cod. The field features 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states, Mexico, Thailand and Indonesia. The par-72 course is played at 7,013 yards in the Boys Division and 6,159 yards in the Girls Division.
Johnson and Blandin broke the member course record of even-par 72 that was held by current TGC member Scott Beers.
Johnson said he hit almost every fairway which helped him to card three birdies.
“I liked No. 2,” Johnson said. “I hit it up on the fringe with my driver and it rolled all the way down to 40 yards, then I hit my lob wedge up to three feet and tapped it in for birdie.”
Playing in only his second AJGA Open event, Blandin turned his two bogeys and pair of double bogeys into a low-round score with six birdies and an eagle.
“My best hole of the day would probably be No. 11,” Blandin said. “I hit my driver then hybrid to about five feet and made the putt for eagle.”
In third are Andrew Gai of Westport, Conn., and John Weyenberg of Menasha, Wis., tied at even-par 72. Chris Wiatr of Woodbury, Conn., and Ryan Simpson of Mechanicville, N.Y., are tied for fifth at 1-over-par 73.
A 42-foot putt on the par-3 No. 4 counted for one of Vongphoumy's six birdies that lead to a new lady's competitive course record, previously held at 1-under-par 71.
"I didn't think I was going to do so well on this course,” Vongphoumy said. “Mentally it challenges you, but my goal was to keep it steady.”
In second at even-par 72 is Thanya Pattamakijsakul of Nonthaburi, Thailand. Blair Lewis of La Mesa, Calif., is in third at 1-over-par 73.
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Second round tee times for the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out will be Wednesday, July 21, from 7 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at The Golf Club of Cape Cod. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 315-3446.