Joshua Gliege of Eagle, Idaho took advantage of good scoring conditions early in the first round at the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship to post a seven-under-par 65 and take a one-shot lead into Tuesday’s second round.
Gliege made five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 13th and remained bogey-free in his opening round.
Last year’s champion Sam Warkentin of Bainbridge Island, Wash. is one back of Gliege at six-under-par 66. Warkentin recently won the Washington Junior Golf Association’s State Championship.
Nicholas Nolan of Bellingham, Wash. joins Warkentin at six-under 66. Nolan had carded seven birdies and was bogey-free until he made a 5 on the par-4 5th hole.
Sean Kato of Redmond,Wash., Samuel Gray of Seattle, Wash., Christopher Mogg of Sammamish, Wash., Blake Cooper of Seattle, Wash., Carson Little of Portland, Ore., and Roy Kang of North Vancouver, B.C. all posted first-round scores of three-under-par 69. Kang hit a hole-in-one on the par-3 8th hole.
Lightning and thunder showers caused a suspension of play for over two hours on Monday afternoon.
All participants partake in stroke play qualifying rounds Monday and Tuesday, and are divided and seeded into flights following the first and second rounds. The Championship Flight will consist of the top 32 players from qualifying, while all other flights will consist of eight players each.
The Championship Match will be held on Friday, August 14th over 36 holes.
The rich history of the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship has included past champions World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples, Web.com Tour player Alex Prugh, and Andrew Yun, who earlier this summer won the prestigious Sahalee Players Championship. When asked for his advice to junior golfers, Couples once said, “To any youngster, I would say hang in there. You are playing the toughest sport there is. The highs and lows of golf are so great because it is an individual sport. Let the good times roll with the bad times.”
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Tee times run on Tuesday, August 11th from 7:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.