R.J. Keur of North Charleston overcame an early bogey and posted a 5-under-par 67 Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the 59th annual Al Esposito Junior City Championship at Municipal Golf Course.
Keur, the 2011 Esposito winner, is three shots in front of defending champion Lucas McNellis in the Boys 15-17 age group and seven shots ahead of third-place Christian Woods.
Other age-group leaders are: Boys 13-14, Ethan Willis, 79; Boys 10-12 (9 holes), Carson Crocker, 93; Boys 9-under (9 holes), Zach Adams, 37; Girls 13-17, Annette Paxton, 90; and Girls 12-under (9 holes), Telie McCoy, 36.
Starting on the back nine, Keur bogeyed his third hole but followed that up with the first of three birdies (Nos. 13, 15, 16) for a 34 before making the turn. Keur made three birdies on the front nine (2, 5, 7) for a 33.
McNellis, from James Island, birdied the 10th and 15th and bogeyed the 18th for a 35 on his first nine holes, then shot 35 on the back nine with eight pars and one birdie (7) on the front nine.
The tournament wraps up today with play starting at 8:30 a.m. and the leaders starting at 10:30 a.m.
BOYS 15-17: R.J. Keur, 67; Lucas McNellis, 70; Christian Woods, 74; Christopher DeMarco, 75; Evan Rodwell, 75; Dane Henderson, 78; Wil Sheppard, 78; Jared Rushton, 79; Barron Knight, 80; David Monroe, 80; Michael Glennon, 81; Andrew Purcell, 82; Colin Frazier, 82; Chandler Lunny, 85; Jake Bryan, 95; Reece Keegan, 96; Jacob Ponte, 97; Matthew Ponte, 102.
BOYS 13-14: Ethan Willis, 79; Nick Bunken, 82; Spencer Warner, 83; Jackson Trigiani, 86; Jacob Daley, 88; Clay Crenshaw, 92; Jay Westmoreland, 92; Jacob Morris, 93; Ky Matsumoto, 95; Brodie Crenshaw, 96; Kyle Sawyer, 99; Max Kastenholz, 99; Brian Oliver, 104; Jason Stewart, 112; Gil Altman, 113; Zach Dalzell, 113; Dunk Yodice, 116.
BOYS 10-12 (9 holes): Carson Crocker, 39; Drayton Stewart, 40; Luis Thompson, 41; John Paul Velasquez, 43; Joseph Keene, 43; Koury Sandness, 43; Nick Ceva, 43; Cole Warner, 45; Willis Rogers, 45; Brock Connelly, 50; Price Lenoir, 53; Patrick Churchill, 54; Ryder Boring, 54; Wyatt McGrath, 63; Ethan Warner, 65.
BOYS 9-UNDER (9 holes): Zach Adams, 37; Jonathan, Graham, 41; Reid Warden, 42; John Bagwell, 45; Tyler Brown, 46; Benjamin Patrick, 49.
GIRLS 13-17: Annette Paxton, 90; Taylor Kate Mayers, 91; Delanie Mortier, 99; Grace Zoller, 101.
GIRLS 12-UNDER (9 holes): Telie McCoy, 36; Danielle Paxton, 40; Gaby Martinez, 41; Olivia Erwin, 43; Ella Drew Dodd, 50; Regan Clifford, 57.
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