LSU commit Garrett Barber
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (November 20, 2017) - Garrett Barber of Stuart, Florida, fired an opening-round 5-under-par 66 on the PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course to lead the Boys Division by three strokes after the first round. In the Girls Division, Bohyun Park of Farmers Branch, Texas, carded a 4-under-par 68 on the Fazio Course and leads by two strokes.
The 40th edition of the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions features 144 of the best junior golfers in the world from 24 states and eight countries. The tournament assembles the Rolex Junior All-Americans with the past year’s champions to create The Greatest Week in Junior Golf.
Past winners of the Rolex Tournament of Champions include Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Charles Howell, David Gossett, Webb Simpson, Sam Burns, Heather Farr, Kellee Booth, Inbee Park, Morgan Pressel and Alison Lee.
Barber, a first-team Rolex Junior All-American, gained early momentum with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 No. 3 and the par-4 No. 4. The LSU commit posted another birdie on the par-4 No. 8 to make the turn at 2-under-par 33. Barber followed that up with a bogey-free back nine that included three birdies to finish the round at 5-under-par 66. He is currently No. 6 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and was a member of the victorious United States team at the inaugural Junior Presidents Cup.
Alexander Vogelsong of Palm City, Florida, and Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Massachusetts, are T2 after carding rounds of 2-under-par 69. Vogelsong got off to a hot start with birdies on three of his first four holes and added another two on the back nine to finish with five total. Thorbjornsen carded a bogey-free back nine that included three birdies.
William Mouw of Chino, California, sits in fourth after an opening 1-under-par 70. The first-team Rolex Junior All-American battled back from a triple bogey on the par-4 No. 7 by going 5-under on Nos. 8-11, included three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 No. 10.
In the Girls Division, Park got her bogey-free round started in fashion with four consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-14. Competing in only her fourth AJGA event, the high school freshman already owns a victory at the 2017 Under Armour® / Gary Woodland Championship. Park has yet to finish outside of the top five in any AJGA event.
Michaela Morard of Huntsville, Alabama, and Ya Chun Chang, of (Taiwan) Bradenton, Florida, are T2 after posting rounds of 2-under-par 70. Morard, who is fresh off her first AJGA Invitational victory at the Justin Rose Junior All-Star Invitational at Reynolds Lake Oconee, carded five birdies on the round. Chang shot an even-par 36 on the front nine and added four birdies on the back nine.
Six girls sit T4 at 1-under-par 71: Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, California; Jennifer Chang of Cary, North Carolina; Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, California; Kynadie Adams of Gallatin, Tennessee; Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, California; and Katie Yoo of Orlando, Florida.
Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. The Girls Division will play the Champion Course, while the Boys Division will play the Fazio Course.
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ABOUT THE Rolex Tournament of Champions
The Rolex Tournament of Champions features 84 of the best junior
golfers in the world. The tournament assembles
Rolex Junior All-Americans with the past year’s
champions to create The Greatest Week in Junior
72 holes of stroke play, with boys and girls
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