March 8, 2014
GolfSaturday, December 28, 2013
50th Junior Orange Bowl International off to a fast start
CORAL GABLES, Florida — South Korea’s Soyoung Lee grabbed the opening round lead in the Girls division, posting an almost flawless 5-under par 66.
A three-way tie on 4-under par 67 in the Boys featured two of Italy’s top youngsters, Guido Migliozzi and Renato Pastore, and Chile’s Guillermo Pereira. Migliozzi score considerably aided by a hole-in-one early in his round.
“I didn’t get off to the best of starts,” Migliozzi said, recalling he was one over par after his first four holes, but a pure 8-iron from 160yards at the 14th (just the third hole in one in the Junior Orange Bowl’s fifty-year history) changed everything.
“I birdied four of the next five holes and my only setback was missing a short par save on the 8th (his 17th) but overall I’m very satisfied,” the 16-year old from Venice said. “My whole game was solid and I’d just like to play like that for the rest of the week.”
Pastore and Pereira were both rock-solid, the Italian carding six birdies, the Chilean five, Pereira seeking to repeat compatriot Juan Cerda’s victory in 2011, Pastore and Migliozzi competing to become the first Italian champion since Marco Durante in 1973.
Canada’s Brooke Henderson, ranked 9th in world amateur golf rankings, led early play, posting a tidy 3-under 68, explaining that she was very excited to be playing again after a two-month winter break.
The 16-year old reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship got off to a bouncy birdie-bogey start but quickly settled down, consistently setting up birdie opportunities, although only drooping two of these.
Lee, from Wanggok-Dong, South Korea, was equally impressive, rifling flagsticks all day, while admitting that because she has limited experience on fast-rolling Bermuda-grass greens, she hit numerous protective approaches below the pin. “But I was able to make many putts go in the hole,” the smiling 16-year old said through an interpreter.