Middleton’s Paul Lei finished in the middle of the pack after the first day of stroke-play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.
The 66th annual event, held by the United States Golf Association, helps determine the best junior golfer in the country. The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday.
After a first-hole birdie, Lei hit par on 11 holes and bogeyed six to find himself tied for 76th place out of 156 participants from across the country. He’s plus-5 for a first round total of 77, while California’s Corey Eddings and Texas’ Scottie Scheffler are both tied for top spot at 5-under par (67).
The event was open to qualifying individuals who are under the age of 18 and have a 6.4 handicap or below. Today will feature the second round of stroke play to get down to match play, which begins on tomorrow and culminates with the championship this weekend.