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Three United States players and three International players currently occupy the tops of the leaderboards after the first round of the Teen World Championship.
One boy in each age group emerged with a two-stroke lead or better, while a handful of challengers have positioned themselves nicely for the upcoming rounds.
The three-stroke lead held by Louis Dobbelaar (Boys 13) is the largest among the three competitors. The Australian native traveled further than any other competitor at this year’s event — over 9,300 miles and across 14 time zones. He should sleep well on a three-stroke lead heading into day two.
Behind the strength of seven birdies and only two bogeys, Jake Miller (Boys 14) carded a 5-under, 67 on the day. Miller’s strong effort in the first round gave him a two shot lead, with eight Americans behind him.
Ryggs Johnston (Boys 15-18) leads the pack at only 15 years of age after shooting a tournament-low 66 in the opening round. In the 2014 Teen World Championship he carded a final round 62 to finish runner-up in the Boys 14 age group. That puts him at 16-under for his last two rounds at Pinehurst; not bad for a kid from the small town of Libby, Montana that posses whopping 2,628 people.
Comparable to the boys, one girl in each age group beat out the rest of the field to gain sole possession of the top spot on the leaderboard.
Bentley Cotton, who possesses the name of a champion, leads the Girls 13 age group after shooting a 3-over 75 at Mid Pines. The three-time World Championship participant carded four birdies on the day en route to a two shot lead.
Three competitors from Thailand showed up to play in the Girls 14 age group. Nicha Vorrasanpisut, a U.S. Kids Golf rookie, emerged onto the stage after carding four birdies and four bogeys for an even par, 72. Her two fellow Thailand competitors, Janejilla Martston and Sitanun Jonglikut, reside closely behind her in second and third place, respectively. These Thai girls mean business.
Another 15-year-old occupies the top spot in the 15-18 age group, but this time in the Girls division. Julia Alhemoud carded a 1-over, 73 in the first round. Alhemoud is back with a vengeance this year after coming up just short in the 2014 Teen World Championship. She will look to carry her momentum into Day 2 and take one step closer to the World Championship trophy that narrowly escaped her.
Jonah Leach (Boys 13): Pinehurst No. 8, Hole #5
Michael Ikejiani (Boys 13): Pinehurst No. 8, Hole #15
Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 4)
-6…Ryggs Johnston (Montana, USA)
-4…Paul Chaplet (Costa Rica)
-4…Justin Johns (Tennessee, USA)
-4…Isaac Simmons (Virginia, USA)
Boys 14 (Pinehurst No. 9)
-5…Jake Miller (Indiana, USA)
-3…Henry Dubiel (Florida, USA)
-3…Ross Steelman (Missouri, USA)
-3…Matt Stuart (Alabama, USA)
Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 8)
-5…Louis Dobbelaar (Australia)
-2…Canon Claycomb (Kentucky, USA)
-2…Jack Heath (North Carolina, USA)
-2…Jason Quinlan (Minnesota, USA)
Girls 15-18 (Mid Pines)
+1…Julia Alhemoud (Kuwait)
+2…Maria Fernanda Escauriza (Paraguay)
+3…Maria Regina Gonzalez (Mexico)
+3…Chloe Belle Hooton (California, USA)
+3…Chiara Arya (Indonesia)
Girls 14 (Mid Pines)
E…Nicha Vorrasanpisut (Thailand)
+2…Janejilla Marston (Thailand)
+7…Sitanun Jonglikit (Thailand)
+7…Georgia Oboh (United Kingdom)
Girls 13 (Mid Pines)
+3…Bentley Cotton (Texas, USA)
+5…Soona Lee-Tolley (New York, USA)
+6…Sophie Holland (North Carolina, USA)
Check the scoreboard at each course to view the Van Horn Cup Projections through Round 1. The Van Horn Cup will be played Sunday, July 26, on Pinehurst No. 2