Western Junior: Stranger takes early lead
19 Jun 2012
see also: Western Junior Golf Championship, Evanston Golf Club

VILLAGE OF GOLF, Fla. (June 19, 2012) -– Despite a double bogey on his finishing hole, Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, Fla., shot a 4-under-par 68 to take sole possession of the lead after the opening round of the 95th Western Junior at the Country Club of Florida on Tuesday.

"I played an all-around solid round," Stanger said. "I hit my three-wood really well, which helped me go 4 under on the par 5s. And it's always nice when you make the putts that you need to make."

Three other juniors - including the morning round leader Woody Woodward – fired 3-under-par 69s to enter Wednesday’s round tied for second. Joining Woodward in second were Dru Love, the son of the U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, and Maxime Blandin, a native of France now living in Howey in the Hills, Fla.

Of the 155 players in the tournament, 13 players turned in rounds under par; 21 players ended up at even par 72.

The course was in perfect playing condition, and weather conditions were near ideal, with just a 10-minute shower briefly dampening the afternoon wave.

Tomorrow's forecast, however, calls for a 90 percent chance of rain.

"We still have to wait and see how the conditions will be tomorrow, but I plan on going into tomorrow's round with the same plan. I just want to hit as many fairways and greens as I can," Stanger said.

Following Wednesday’s second round, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties heading into the championship’s final two rounds on Thursday and Friday.

ABOUT THE Western Junior

72-hole stroke play event open to male amateur golfers who are at least 16 years old and not older than 19 by the end of the tournament. Entrants must have an official and verified handicap index not exceeding three strokes. Field maximum of 156.

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