The first pairing of the first round began today at 7:30 a.m. with another group going off every ten minutes until 12:40 p.m.
The three-round tournament should feature strong competition with no clear-cut favorite according to tournament director Mark Finger.
“We have a really strong field this year,” said Finger. “We’ve got some of the best junior players from all over the United States and some from outside the country.
“We’ll have several college coaches here over the next few days to see the talent. I think it should be very competitive, and I don’t see anyone really running away with it.”
The Junior-Am on Monday morning and the practice round in the afternoon allowed the players and AJGA staff to evaluate what kind of condition the course was in, and there was nothing but compliments for the Coosa Country Club staff.
“It’s in as close to perfect condition as you can get,” said Finger. “The greens are smooth, and, with the area not seeing much rain lately, the fairways are pretty firm.
“It sets up well for some pretty low scores over the next few days. I think the boys winner will probably be right around the six or seven under mark, and the girls probably around even par.”
The Junior-Am was won by the team of Dee Yancey, Harley Yancey, Richard Burton, Patrick McShane and junior player Chris Sells. The team shot a 51 to finish one stroke ahead of the team of Lindsey Cordell III, Lindsey Cordell IV, Tripp Powell, Daniel Morris and junior Jason Mendel.
Six local players will carry the banner for Greater Rome into the tournament as competition begins today. Jack Kelly, Zachary Vick, Mark Kim, Ryan Cunningham and Jonathan Mason will take their shot at a hometown title in the boys division. (Mason qualified with his showing in the TaylorMade-Adidas qualifier on Sunday at Barnsley Gardens).
Hannah Mae Deems will be the lone girl from the local area in the tourney.
Kelly said he hopes his experience on the course will give him a leg up on the competition.
“I’ve pretty much hit every shot from every position on this course,” said Kelly. “I’ve played here since I was a little kid so I know it well.
“I’m really excited just to get going.”
Admission to the public is free for the event.
PAIRINGS AND TEE TIMES:
7:30 a.m. — Kentaro Toyota, Tampa, Fla.
Patrick Grahek, Alpharetta
Oliver Vaidis, (Czech Republic) Bradenton, Fla.
7:40 a.m. — Michael Hines, Acworth
Carson Jacobs, Hendersonville, Tenn.
Ryan Cunningham, Rome
7:50 a.m. — Emerson Newsome, Dacula
Brendon Caballero, Brentwood, Tenn.
Christopher Guglielmo, Cumming
8 a.m. — Preston Riner, Johns Creek
Max Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla.
Matthew Beringer, Macon
8:10 a.m. — Ben Reeves, Knoxville, Tenn.
Buster Bruton, Dallas
Andy Shim (South Korea), Duluth
8:20 a.m. — Michael Toler, Marietta
Elton Chang, Alpharetta
Daniel Kim, Kennesaw
8:30 a.m. — Ethan Wagner, Port Orange, Fla.
Preston Heyward, Duluth
Kristian Caparros, Miami Lakes, Fla.
8:40 a.m. — Mark Kim, Rome
Trevor Smith, Newnan
Austin Padova, Hudson, Fla.
8:50 a.m. — Brandon Lee, Alpharetta
Matt Plummer, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Leonardo Kitahara, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
9 a.m. — Kameron Williams, Hoschton
Shea Sylvester, Roswell
Zachary Healy, Norcross
9:10 a.m. — Jared Bettcher, Auburn, Ala.
Jonathan Mason, Rome
Phillip Boljanovich, Naples, Fla.
9:20 a.m. — Nathan Bubes, Washington, D.C.
Evan Usry, Evans
Greyson Sigg, Augusta
9:30 a.m. — John Yi, Marietta
Pep Brown, Gainesville
Zachary Vick, Rome
9:40 a.m. — Samuel Odi, Augusta
Matthias Timberlake, Cornelius, N.C.
Jack Kelly, Rome
9:50 a.m. — Brian Lanoue, Tampa, Fla.
Tyler Shope Wilsonville, Ala.
Chase Taylor, Columbus, Miss.
10 a.m. — Chris Sells, Savannah
Ty Hampel, Smyrna
Andres Saez, Roswell
10:10 a.m. — Clay Brown, Davidson, N.C.
Gavin Shellnut, Franklin, Tenn.
Jacob Choi Collierville, Tenn.
10:20 a.m. — Anders Olsson, Mableton
Garrett Moores, Huntsville, Ala.
Timothy Bringard, Wilmington, N.C.
10:30 a.m. — Harry Lambert, (United Kingdom) Suwanee
Jason Mendel, Norcross
Davis Parker, Augusta
10:40 a.m. — Jackson Heazel, Atlanta
David James, Columbus
Joe Philaphet, Riverdale
10:50 a.m. — Arjuna Anday, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Trey Rule, Eatonton
Jacob Paquet, Kennesaw
11 a.m. — Jack Smith, Knoxville, Tenn.
Ben Wolcott, Burns, Tenn.
Jeffrey Heinicka, Pinellas Park, Fla.
11:10 a.m. — Clay Trocchio, Norcross
Cole Hunsucker, Kennesaw
Riley Davenport, Woodstock
11:20 a.m. — Andrew Eunice, Moultrie
David Mackey, Bogart
Tripp H’Doubler, Atlanta
11:30 a.m. — Maria Maymon, Huixquilucan, Mexico
Taylor Ramsey, Milledgeville
Ana Raga, Caracas, Venezuela
11:40 a.m. — Chelsey Couch, Ware Shoals, S.C.
Jacqueline Shelly, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Kayla Jones, Alpharetta
11:50 a.m. — Caroline Beebe, Daphne, Ala.
Sarah Harris, Hermitage, Tenn.
Sloan Shanahan, Suwanee
Noon — Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Logan Chaney, Scottsboro, Ala.
Katy Harris, St. Simons Island
12:10 p.m. — Avery George, Cleveland, Tenn.
Marissa Kay, Delray Beach, Fla.
Michaela Owen, Suwanee
12:20 p.m. — Shane Crutchfield, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Jessica Haigwood, Roswell
Alison Eleey, Quincy, Mass.
12:30 p.m. — Isabella Skinner, Cumming
Hannah Mae Deems, Taylorsville
Haley Austin, McDonough
12:40 p.m. — Brittany Jarrett, Tifton
Louise Oxner, Greenville, S.C.
Lily Morrison, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.