Senior Leadbetter golfer, Tyler Sluman of Huntington Beach, CA fired a 3 under par 69 on Saturday to take the first round lead at the IMGA/DLGA Championship.
Fellow IMG'ers Hao Yuan âStevenâ Lu and James Yoon found themselves within striking distance of Tyler entering the final round. Steven opened with a 2-under par 70 and James Yoon had 6 birdies on Saturday and finished with a 1-under par 71.
Sunday's round two started on time, but the players had to come in after 45 of minutes of play due to lightning in the area. The golfers headed back out after about an hour delay. All the groups were able to tee off, only to come back in for more thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms were continuing throughout the area, so round two was canceled and awards were distributed based on the first day of play.
So that put Tyler at the top of the Boys 16-18 division with his first day 69. Steven Lu took 2nd place honors and James Yoon rounded out the top 3. Fellow IMG'er Mark Sanchez also finished in 4th place.
Tyler will be heading to FSU to play for the Seminoles in the fall. Congrats guys on your nice first round play!
In the girls 13-18 divison, Ginger Howard continued her winning ways this weekend with back-to-back FCWT wins. Ginger won the FCWT Tanglewood Open last week in North Carolina and was also named the Golfweek Player of the Week for March 15th. Ginger opened on Saturday with 6 birdies and a one-under par 71. With Sunday's round canceled - Ginger was declared the winner based on the first day of play. Fellow IMG'ers Sammi Stevens finished in a tie for 2nd and Gemma Dryburgh finished 4th.
In the Boys 13-15 division, third year IMG golfer, Daniel Jaramillo of Colombia took the first round lead after an opening round of 74. Daniel won on this course earlier this year at the Leadbetter Challenge in January. Finishing in 2nd three strokes back of Daniel was Rodrigo Munoz of Mexico. With his 2nd place finish, Rodrigo has had 3 top 10 finishes since January. Benjamin Davis and Rigel Fernandes finished 3 strokes back for a tie for 3rd place and Bernardo Curbelo rounded out the top 5.
For complete results check out the FCWT website at www.fcwtgolf.com
Congrats to all of you for your great play!