POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC
PGA National Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. •
November 19 - 25
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. --
results from the Polo Golf Junior Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6776. Rating: 73.3. Slope: 139 Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6398. Rating: 78.4. Slope: 158
Crouch, Wood take Polo Golf Junior Classic first-round lead at 5-under-par 67
Three-way tie among girls includes M. Jutanugarn, Boutier, Morales
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A.J. Crouch of Jacksonville, Fla., and Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., share the Polo Golf Junior Classic lead at 5-under-par 67 after Monday's first round of stroke play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. In the Girls Division, Moriya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, Celine Boutier of Montrouge, France, and Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., are tied for the lead at 2-under-par 70 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
The Polo Golf Junior Classic, which has been conducted annually since 1978, marks the first tournament of the American Junior Golf Association's 2012 season. The 156-player invitation-only field is made up of 78 boys and 78 girls, ages 12-18, from 24 states, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries. Former champions include Stewart Cink (1989), Trevor Immelman (1995), Tiger Woods (1991), Paula Creamer (2002), Grace Park (1994, 1996) and Morgan Pressel (2004).
During Monday's first round, the Boys Division played the Haig Course (6,776 yards, par 72), while the Girls Division played the Champion Course (6,398 yards, par 72). The tournament fields will be cut to the low 32 players and ties following the second round.
One day after being honored as Rolex Junior All-America honorable mentions, Crouch and Wood led the way in the Boys Division. Crouch birdied the first three holes of the day and turned at 3-under-par before reeling off another three consecutive birdies immediately after making the turn.
“I birdied the first three holes on each nine, so that got me off to a hot start,” Crouch said. “I wasn't putting any pressure on myself and I think that's what enabled me to play pretty well today.”
Wood scattered six birdies against a single bogey to match Crouch's score.
“At the beginning of this year I wasn't even sure if I would be at a tournament like this,” Wood said. “It's a lot of fun and I love the competition. Being able to shoot the low score felt really good.”
In the Girls Division, a pair of first-team Rolex Junior All-Americans, Moriya Jutanugarn and Boutier, share the lead with Morales. Jutanugarn is in a familiar position at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, claiming the first-round stroke play lead for the second straight year. In 2010, Jutanugarn earned stroke play medalist honors after rounds of 72-69. With a pair of birdies and no bogeys in the opening round, she joined the three-way tie at 2-under-par 70.
Boutier, a quarterfinalist at last year's Polo Golf Junior Classic, is well-positioned to return to match play after making three birdies, including a 60-footer at the 169-yard, par-3 seventh hole.
“All my drives were in the fairway,” Boutier said. “And my irons were good; I hit 15 greens.”
Morales carded four birdies against two bogeys to join the three-way tie atop the Girls Division. After beginning the day on the 10th tee, Morales closed out strong with birdies on her final two holes.
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 AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
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Second-round tee times for the Polo Golf Junior Classic will run Tuesday from 7:30 — 9:30 a.m. off the Champion (Boys Division) and Haig (Girls Division) Courses at PGA National Resort & Spa. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (561) 627-2000, ext. 6455.
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.
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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.