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RUMFORD, Rhode Island – Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii, is the 18-hole Girlsâ€™ Division leader, while Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee, has the Boysâ€™ Division lead at the 41st Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, which is being contested this week at Wannamoisett Country Club.
Wannamoisettâ€™s par-71 layout (for the Girlsâ€™ Division) offered little resistance for Galdiano, whose 64 was bogey-free and included seven birdies. It could have been lower if not for an eagle bid on No. 9 that came to rest on the lip. Regardless, Galdianoâ€™s 64 matched the lowest Girlsâ€™ Division round in Championship history.
Galdiano leads Virginia Green (Point Clear, Alabama) and Lucy Li (Redwood Shores, California) by two shots. Three others – Gina Kim (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Youngin Chun (Gainesville, Florida) and Kyra Cox (South Salem, New York – are three strokes behind Galdiano.
Sydney Youngblood of Durant shot a 3-under 68 and is tied for seventh. Yejeong Son of Norman shot a 3-over 74 and is tied for 30th.
Youngblood, who was a four-time state champion at Durant, made five birdies and two bogeys.
The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties.
Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee posted a 3-under 66 and leads the Boysâ€™ Division by a single shot over Cole Hammer of Houston. The Boysâ€™ Division is playing Donald Rossâ€™ Wannamoisett as a par-69.
Hammer, with a tap-in birdie on No. 11, emerged from a pack of seven that were tied for the lead at 1-under. His grasp on the leaderboardâ€™s top spot was short lived, as Shore posted birdies on 13 and 16 to wrestle the first-round lead.
Walker Lee of Houston; Frankie Capan of North Oaks, Minnesota; and Norman Xiong of Canyon Lake, California are tied for third after recording one-under rounds of 68. They trail Shore by two.
Austin Eckroat of Edmond shot a 1-over 70 and is tied for 19th. Lane Wallace of Yukon shot 75 and is tied for 50th.
In addition to claiming the Patty Berg Trophy in the Girlsâ€™ Division and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy the boysâ€™ side, most of the field at the Junior PGA Championship is vying for a spot in the upcoming Junior Ryder Cup, which will be played September 26 and 27 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota in conjunction with the Ryder Cup.