In the Boys Division, Calen Sanderson of Newtown, Pennsylvania, and Andrew Stickel of Greenwich, Connecticut, sit tied at 1-under-par 71 through the first 18 holes. Sanderson and Stickel both carded six birdies in their rounds. Stickel is going after his first AJGA win and Sanderson is looking for his first since 2018.
Sitting in third place at even-par 72 is Michael Sewack of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Sewack carded four birdies in his first round and finished the front nine with just one bogey. He is also looking for his first AJGA win. In fourth place, Barnes Blake of Westfield, New Jersey, sits at 1-over-par 73. He carded three birdies in his first round with just one bogey on the front nine.
In a four-way tie for fifth place at 2-over-par 74 are:
- Malik Dao of Notre-Dame Ile Perrot, Quebec, Canada
- Rex Hargrove of Houston, Texas
- Yiqi (Andy) Sun of Shenzhen, China
- Justin Begley of Manchester, Kentucky
In the Girls Division, Chaewon Jeong of (South Korea) Alajuela Centro, Costa Rica, and Jiayi Wang of Shanghai, China, are tied at 1-under-par 71. Both Wang and Jeong notched at least four birdies in their respective first rounds.
Sitting in the lone spot for third place is Lily Zhang of Buffalo, New York, at even-par 72. Zhang carded three birdies in her first round with just one bogey or worse on both the front and back nines.