Chilly weather wreaks havoc at Junior Orange Bowl

Curtis Thompson, shown here during the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur early in 2010, sits one shot off the lead after the first round at the Junior Orange Bowl International at Biltmore Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla.

Coral Gables, Fla. – Unseasonably chilly conditions, accompanied by strong wind, tested the 43-nation field at the Biltmore Country Club for the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship on Monday.

Three were tied atop the boys leaderboard at 1-over 71 after the first round, while Slovenia's Ursa Orehek and Korea's Su-Yeon Kim were tied at 3-over 73 on the girls side.

Italy's Emanuele Sesia was among the boys leaders despite intense back pain.

“It’s something that happened on the airplane journey and I haven’t been able to practice at all,” said Sesia, a Torino native that picked up three birdies on the day. “I had to play with a very conservative game and hope my back did not give up. Fortunately, I was able to keep going to the end.”

Adria Arnaus, a 16-year-old Spaniard, got off to a hot start with three birdies in the first five holes.

“After a strong front nine I kept attacking pins, but I got above some holes and the putts were really fast,” he said. ”The course played tough in the wind and it was cold but although I made some mistakes in the closing holes I’m pleased with the overall result.”

Germany's Max Rottluff, 17, closed the day with two bogeys to fall into the three-way tie for the boys.

“The wind was really tough and it got more difficult as the round progressed,” he said. “I missed the last two fairways so it was not a great finish but I putted well and for these conditions, I’m satisfied.”

Five boys were only a shot back, including Miami’s Chris Ingham and Coral Springs’ Curtis Thompson, 17-year- old brother of star Alexis Thompson, last year’s girls champion.

Orehek, 17, said the cold didn’t worry her, but the wind was an important factor.

”I don’t have experience of playing in such conditions,” the co-leader said, “so I just tried to concentrate on hitting fairways and greens and putting approaches where I didn’t leave downhill putts.”

LEADERS

Boys

71 – Adria Arnaus, Italy; Max Rottluff, Germany; Emanuele Sesia, Italy

72 – Clement Sordet, France; Chris Ingham, USA; Julien Brun, France; Curtis Thompson, USA; Adam Strom, Sweden

73 – Gary Stal, France; Juan Cerda, Chile; Jorge Fernandez Valdez, Argentina

Girls

73 - Ursa Orehek, Slovenia; Su-Yeon Kim, Korea;

74 - Manuela Carbajo Re, Argentina; Doris Chen, USA; Margaux Vanmol, Belgium

75 – Celine Boutier, France; Nicole Morales, USA

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