2017 PRGA Championships - Round 1 Summary/Recap
Round 1 in is the books and it did not disappoint.
Today’s weather was a tale of two stories. The morning was calm with a light breeze and partly cloudy skies. Then came a 20-minute downpour and the heat came into effect. The East Course drained really well and that opened the gates for the field to attack the pin.
PRGA Junior Andres Aranguren sits atop the Amateur Division tied with recent high school graduate Ian Aldarondo at 1-over par 73, while Erick Morales and his buddy Max Alverio are tied in 3rd place with a 2-over par 74.
The Ladies Division has Lynn University Junior Kristina “Krissy” Ortiz leading the pack at 1-over par 73. In a telephone interview with the PRGA, Krissy expressed “I’m really happy to be back in Puerto Rico coming off a season where I had ups and downs, I find myself feeling relaxed and confident”.
“I had such a fun time playing along side Kim and Paola. And having my dad on the bag by my side kept me relaxed and calm. Aggressiveness cost me a few mistakes, but I’ll just focus on the fundamentals and play calm and relaxed.”
Professional Miguel Suarez had a stellar round shooting an impressive 4-under 68. The veteran sank 4 birdies en route to a bogey-free round. Post round interview had an energetic Suarez showcasing how he has been practicing very hard for the past 3 months and his exercise regimens led him to just miss 2 greens in regulation.
Suarez mentions in reference to his game plan going forward, “I’m just going to focus on hitting the ball onto the fairway, then onto the green and make the putts”.
Stay tuned to the PRGA’s Facebook page for round 2 tee times and pairings of the 2017 PRGA Championships - Presented by Johnnie Walker.