BOWLING GREEN, Florida - Jennifer Seo, of Chandler, Arizona, and Bailey Shoemaker of Dade City, Florida, lead The Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational by two strokes after carding 6-under-par 67 in round one.
Streamsong Resort is the only location in the world where players can experience three distinct golf courses designed by these legendary architects—Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak, and Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner. Streamsong Red (Coore-Crenshaw), Streamsong Blue (Doak) and Streamsong Black (Hanse-Wagner) are three of the most highly acclaimed and widely pursued golf courses in the game today. Revered by golfers as a bucket-list destination, Streamsong Resort rivals the greatest golf venues in the world. The Black Course, home of this year's event, was named No. 22 in Golfweek's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" list.
The 2022 event will include 36 juniors of the top-100 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Of the 78 player field, 59 girls have at least one career AJGA victory. Representatives from five foreign countries and nine Floridians are set to compete in this very competitive field. There are also 17 players that have committed verbally to play college golf.
Seo who is competing in her first ever AJGA Invitational made her move to the top in the second half of her round. After an even-par front nine, the 2023 graduate racked off three birdies in a row on Nos. 10-12.
My putting went really well today. I hit most of the greens too, so most of my shots went well.
Seo finished off her round with birdies on three of her last five holes. The 17-year-old enters the week No. 134 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. She has two top-10 finishes in 2022 with her best finish coming at the Rochford Foundation / Dave Stockton Junior Championship where she finished T3.
Shoemaker, a University of Southern California commit, started on hole No. 12 and also had a solid second half to her day. The 17-year-old took her birdies in bunches. She carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. She then followed that up with four birdies in her last eight holes.
The course is very playable right now. If you can get it in the fairway and hit some good wedges in and give yourself good looks all day, you have a good chance.
Shoemaker is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American. The highlight of her 2022 came at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational. Her AJGA resume is strong, with one win coming at the 2021
Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship and 13 top-10 AJGA finishes.
Four juniors round out the top-5 after a solid 18 holes of play. 2022 Rolex Girls Junior Championship winner Kaitlyn Schroeder of Jacksonville, Florida, finds herself alone in second after a 5-under-par 68 day. Elizabeth Rudisill of Charlotte, North Carolina, Sawyer Brockstedt of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Michelle Liu of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, arrived to the scoring tent T4 at 4-under-par 69.
Second-round tee times will run from 8-10:20 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 12 on Sunday, September 4.