Jim gets the jump on FootJoy near Jamestown


Four other players tied for second at 4-under-par 66

GREENSBORO, N.C.—M.J. Maguire, a 2011 graduate from St. Petersburg, Fla., carded a score of 5-under-par 65 to take the lead after the first round of the eight annual FootJoy Invitational.  While his only bogey came on the first hole, M.J. finished out his front nine with four birdies with two more back-nine birdies coming on Nos. 15 and 18.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the eigth annual FootJoy Invitational is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Sedgefield Country Club. The 99-player field features golfers from 25 states and 10 foreign countries. The par-70 course is being played at 7,118 yards. Past champions of this event include Brian Harman, Daniel Woltman, Andrew Yun, Peter Uihlein and Cameron Peck.

Maguire is currently ranked 51st in the Polo Golf Rankings but has had an exceptional start to his 2009 season.  He has finished in the top-5 at his two previous AJGA events this year at the AJGA Cliffs Championship and the Mizuno Junior at Innisbrook.

Right behind Maguire are Rak Cho of Brea, Calif., Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Mario Clemens of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Ian McConnell of Riverview, Fla., all carding a 4-under-par 66. There is also a four-way tie for fifth between Jay Vandeventer, of Bristol, Tenn., Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach, Calif., Tom Lovelady of Birmingham, Ala., and Zeyu He of Shen Zhen, China who all shot first-round scores of 3-under-par 67.  

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

Second-round tee times for the FootJoy Invitational will run from 7:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Sedgefield Country Club. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (336) 299-0744.




GREENSBORO, N.C. — First-round results from the FootJoy Invitational conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sedgefield Country

Club. Par: 35-35—70. Yardage: 7,118. Rating/Slope: 75/143.

M.J. Maguire, St.Petersburg, Fla.  32-33—65

Mario Clemens, Beverly Hills, Calif.  32-34—66

Rak Cho, Brea, Calif.  30-36—66

Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas  32-34—66

Ian McConnell, Riverview, Fla.  34-32—66

Tom Lovelady, Birmingham, Ala.  34-33—67

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif.  33-34—67

Jay Vandeventer, Bristol, Tenn.  33-34—67

Zeyu He, Shen Zhen, China  31-36—67

Ernesto Marin, Miami, Fla.  34-34—68

Anthony Paolucci, Dallas, Texas  35-33—68

Richard Werenski, South Hadley, Mass.  32-36—68

Brian Langley, Blacksburg, Va.  35-33—68

David Persons, El Paso, Texas  33-35—68

Trey Kaahanui, Tempe, Ariz.  33-35—68

Brenden Redfern, Austin, Texas  32-37—69

Emiliano Grillo, Resistencia, Argentina  36-33—69

Andrew Yun, Chandler, Ariz.  33-36—69

Santiago Gavino, San Luis Potosi, Mexico  32-37—69

Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y.  35-34—69

Mike Genovese, Pensacola, Fla.  32-37—69

Jesse Droemer, Houston, Texas  35-34—69

Zhong Yang Fu, Bradenton, Fla.  32-37—69

Anton Arboleda, La Canada, Calif.  35-35—70

Curtis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.  38-32—70

Bobby Wyatt, Mobile, Ala.  35-35—70

Adam Carson, Bristol, United Kingdom  35-35—70

Daniel Walker, Earlysville, Va.  33-37—70

Michael Kim, Del Mar, Calif.  35-35—70

Andrew Decker, Greenville, N.C.  33-37—70

Lam Steven, Hong Kong, Hong Kong  33-38—71

Robert Register, Burlington, N.C.  36-35—71

Michael Hebert, Orlando, Fla.  37-34—71

Kramer Hickok, Plano, Texas  34-37—71

Logan Harrell, Huntersville, N.C.  36-35—71

Colton Staggs, Tulsa, Okla.  35-36—71

Will Pearson, Memphis, Tenn.  33-38—71

Landon Lyons, Baton Rouge, La.  36-35—71

Shawn Yim, Buford, Ga.  37-34—71

Curtis Reed, Castroville, Texas  36-35—71

Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine, Fla.  34-37—71

Robert Hoadley, Southern Pines, N.C.  37-34—71

Alberto Sanchez, Nogales, Ariz.  36-36—72

Andrew Presley, Fort Worth, Texas  36-36—72

Phillip Choi, Orlando, Fla.  34-38—72

Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla.  34-38—72

Joaquin Lolas , Lima, Peru  32-40—72

James Back, Cerritos, Calif.  35-37—72

Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky.  36-36—72

Clark Palmer, Augusta, Ga.  37-35—72

Matthew Ceravolo, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.  36-36—72

Seth Reeves, Duluth, Ga.  33-39—72

Joey Garber, Petoskey, Mich.  35-37—72

Michael Yiu, Laguna Hills, Calif.  36-36—72

Ben Itterman, Carlsbad, Calif.  36-36—72

Bo Andrews, Raleigh, N.C.  34-38—72

Ramsey Sahyoun, Reseda, Calif.  38-34—72

Nelson Hargrove, Haverford, Pa.  35-37—72

Austin Cook, Jonesboro, Ark.  37-36—73

Franco Castro, Alpharetta, Ga.  37-36—73

Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y.  35-38—73

Smylie Kaufman, Birmingham, Ala.  36-37—73

Blake Biddle, St. Charles, Ill.  38-35—73

John Young Kim, Los Alamitos, Calif.  36-37—73

Shane Lebow, Santa Barbara, Calif.  38-35—73

Johnathan Schnitzer, Houston, Texas  37-37—74

Byeong-hun An, Bradenton, Fla.  37-37—74

Tyler McCumber, Ponte Vedra, Fla.  36-38—74

Daniel Lee, Valencia, Calif.  33-41—74

Cody Kent, Castle Rock, Colo.  36-38—74

Yao-Chun Yang, Troy, Mich.  37-37—74

Brandon Rodgers, Knoxville, Tenn.  36-38—74

Jack Walsh, Lawrenceville, Ga.  36-38—74

Crawford Reeves, Greenville, S.C.  39-35—74

Christian Hawley, Kernersville, N.C.  38-36—74

Michael Decker, Pebble Beach, Calif.  38-36—74

Justin Clement, Lexington, N.C.  36-38—74

Billy Kennerly, Alpharetta, Ga.  35-40—75

Lucas Bjerregaard, Frederikshavn, Denmark  38-37—75

Tye Beall, El Paso, Texas  38-37—75

Kyle Kmiecik, Avon, Ohio  36-39—75

Marcel Puyat, Bradenton, Fla.  37-38—75

Blake Morris, Waterbury, Conn.  38-37—75

Chase Marinell, Cape Coral, Fla.  33-42—75

Jacob Everts, Ooltewah, Tenn.  34-42—76

Davis Lee, Hilton Head Island, S.C.  37-39—76

Keith Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn.  35-41—76

Michael Cromie, Cary, N.C. 36-40—76

Eli Juren, Austin, Texas  38-38—76

Robert Galbreath Jr, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.  36-40—76

Brent McKenzie, Cambridge, Ontario,  37-41—78

Jordan Shuey, Mechanicsburg, Pa.  38-40—78

Patrick Grimes, Palo Alto, Calif.  38-41—79

Ryan Zech, Kearney, Mo.  38-41—79

Zachary Balit, Bradenton, Fla.  39-41—80

Jay Burlison, Salinas, Calif.  39-41—80

Chris Worrell, Enid, Okla.  38-43—81

Richard Dearinger, Chapel Hill, N.C.  41-40—81

Patrick Winther, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.  37-45—82

Categorized as Amateur