By Torrin Westwood
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!
Lucas Herbert of Bendigo, Australia stole the show at the Marshmellow Long-Drive Contest this Independence Day at the AJGA Junior Open at The Legends. He mashed a mallow approximately 60 yards and took home a gift card to the Clubhouse at The Legends Golf Shop.
Gonzalo Leon of Quito, Ecuador is making his fourth AJGA appearance in the United States this week and had to come a very long way to compete. Gonzalo heard about the AJGA from a golf coach in Ecuador and got his start by playing in a tournament in Mexico that allowed him to earn some PBE Stars. In order to play in this week’s AJGA Junior Open at The Legends, Leon had to fly all the way to Miami, then from Miami to California!
In the TaylorMade-adidas Qualifier round at the Ravenwood Junior Championship, Zach Leisenring of Rogers, Ark., had his first ever hole-in-one. In the second round of the AJGA Junior Open at The Legends, Danielle Lee of La Marida, Calif., had her first ace as well! She knocked a 6-iron right in the cup on the par-3, 144 yard No. 6 at The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills. “I think it bounced in, but I couldn’t see it and the people watching cheered,” Lee said. “It just looked like the ball disappeared.” That’s probably the only time you truly want to see your ball disappear!
TO BE FRANK…
This week’s Boys Division Champion Franklin Huang won his first AJGA event after participating in five other AJGA events. In those five events, Huang only had one top-25 finish, and had only shot par in one round of all those events. This week, he posted scores of 69-69-67, breaking par all three days and finishing 11-under-par for the tournament.