Youngblood off to hot start in Junior PGA Championship, Son, Eckroat, Wallace competing as well

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RUMFORD, Rhode Island – Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii, is the 18-hole Girls’ Division leader, while Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee, has the Boys’ 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. 

Wannamoisett’s par-71 layout (for the Girls’ 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, Galdiano’s 64 matched the lowest Girls’ 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 Boys’ Division by a single shot over Cole Hammer of Houston. The Boys’ Division is playing Donald Ross’ 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 leaderboard’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 Girls’ Division and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy the boys’ 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.


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