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story.lead_photo.caption Yunxuan Zhang chips onto the 14th green Tuesday during the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson. - Photo by Andy Shupe

JOHNSON -- The girls outshined the boys in the first round of the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational.

Partnered with the American Junior Golf Association, the tournament pits girls and boys ages 12 to 15 together on the course but against each other on the scoreboard in order to promote equality on the golf course.

There was nothing equal in first-round play Tuesday as the girls dominated at The Blessings Golf Club. The lowest four scores of the girls easily bettered the lowest four of the boys by a whopping 11-under par.

Girls' top scorer and tournament leader Michelle Zhang, who is Chinese but lives in Plano, Texas, shot a 5-under par 67 on the first day of the tournament. The rising sophomore's only bogey of the day was on No. 3, and she was 3-under on the back nine.

Emily Zhu from Ontario, Canada, was second in the girls' division and second overall at 3-under. The Canadian had seven birdies on the day along with four bogeys and often followed one with the other. She had four instances in which she followed a bogey with a birdie or vice-versa.

Leigh Chien from Irvine, Calif., started out incredibly strong, going 4-under on the front nine, but was 1-over on the back nine. She ended the day at 3-under, tying Zhu for second in the girls' division and second overall and is one of two girls in the field in the class of 2024.

South Korean You Seong Choi, who lives in Hacienda Heights, Calif., shot a 1-under. Choi was the only boys player to finish under par Tuesday.

Sihan Sandhu, a sophomore and the No. 1 ranked Rolex golfer in his age group, tied for second in the boys' division and finished even. The Ashburn, Va., native is the only boy in the class of 2024 competing this week in the Lewis event.

No. 9 ranked Ian Maspat out of the class of 2021 is 12th among the boys with a score of 3-over. The San Diego rising junior is coming off a recent win at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior Tournament and has verbally committed to the University of Oregon.

Taylor Kehoe from Ontario, Canada, finished in the top five of last year's KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational and sits fifth among the girls in her first round at even par.

The second round of the tournament begins at 8 a.m. today with the final round scheduled for Thursday. Awards will be given out at 2:30 after the final round.

Stacy Lewis All-Star Invitational

At The Blessings Golf Club

Boys

You Seong Choi 71 -1

Garrett Engle 72 E

Sihan Sandhu 72 E

Wells Williams 73 +1

Allan Kournikova 73 =1

Tyler Lee 73 +1

Calen Sanderson 74 +2

Abhay Gupta 74 +2

Eric Lee 74 +2

Jeevan Sihota 74 +2

Matthew Comegys 74 +2

Ian Maspat 75 +3

Aidan Tran 77 +5

Gaven Lane 77 +5

Bryan Lee 77 +5

Jay Brooks 78 +6

Gavin Aurilia 79 +7

Sean Citherlet 79 +7

Dean Greyserman 79 +7

William Sides 80 +9

Keaton Vo 81 +9

CJ Guthrie 82 +10

Treed Huang 83 +11

Phisher Phillips 84 +12

Josh Duangmanee 86 +14

Logan Zurn 86 +14

Andrew Payne 87+15

Girls

Michelle Zhang 67 -5

Emily Zhu 69 -3

Leigh Chien 69 -3

Sara Im 72 E

Taylor Kehoe 72 E

Lynn Lim 73 +1

Avery Zweig 73 +1

Mackenzie Lee 74 +2

Victoria Zheng 74 +2

Katie Li 74 +2

Natachanok Tunwannarux 76 +4

Yoko Tai 77 +5

Kynadie Adams 78 +6

Selena Tang 79 +7

Izzy M. Pellot 80 +8

Allyn Stephens 80 +8

Charissa Shang 81 +9

Chloe Johnson 81 +9

Raychel Nelke 82 +10

Riana Mission 82 +10

Sky Sudberry 82 +10

Sophie Zhang-Murphy 83 +11

Sophie Linder 83 +11

Cynthia Zhang 84 +12

Daniela Burgos 84 +12

Ally Black 85 +13

Michelle Liu 85 +13

Maggie Huett 87 +15

Charlie Whorton 88 +16

Sports on 06/26/2019

Print Headline: GOLF Girls dominate boys in first round of Lewis tourney

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