E.A. Sports Today

Lecroy opens with 75, tied for ninth

Donoho ninth-grader shoots his best round of two-week West Coast tour

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

IRVINE, Cal. – The longer Jacob Lecroy stays in California, the better things go for him.

Lecroy opened the Veritas World Junior Championship with a 3-over-par 75 Tuesday at Tustin Ranch Golf Course. It was his best round so far of his two-week West Coast trip, on a considerably shorter course than he played last week at Torrey Pines.

He is tied for ninth in the boys 14-15 division, eight shots off the lead. Christopher Chomyn of Irvine, Cal., holds a one-shot lead after a bogey-free 67.

Each round Lecroy has played on the trip has been better than the one before.

“It proves I’m progressing out here and getting better,” the Donoho ninth-grader said by phone shortly after his round. “And I’m learning California. I’m starting to learn it and trusting it.”

Lecroy had five bogeys and two birdies in his round. He started bogey-birdie-bogey and turned in even par. He had three bogeys on the back nine when his swing started to leave him.

“I could’ve played way better today,” he said. “On the back I started bringing my shoulder inside and pulling everything. I hit the ball awful on the back, but I figured it out on the last three or four holes.

“There’s still a lot of golf left and I know I can play this course really well.”

WOMEN’S STROKE PLAY: Former Alexandria player Jessica Howard shot 87 in the opening round of the Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Shoal Creek. Elaine Wood of Spanish Fort shot 71 and holds a one-shot overall lead.

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