Gagne, 3 others lead Junior PGA; Dalke T-5

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#NameYearStateRating
1Sam Burns2015LA68.22
2Austin Connelly2015TX68.37
3Jorge Garcia2015FL68.39
4Andy Zhang2016FL68.4
5Davis Riley2015MS68.6

BRYAN, Texas – One key to playing competitive golf is to have a short memory.

Luis Gagne of Orlando, Fla., and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., each showcased that Tuesday in the opening round of the Junior PGA Championship.

Gagne, who lost in a playoff and didn’t make match play last week at the U.S. Junior Amateur, shares the lead with three other players at Miramont Country Club after an opening 3-under 68.

“After that round, it was almost heartbreaking, but my good friend Andy (Zhang) kind of pumped me up for this week,” said Gagne, who is competing in his first Junior PGA. “I was pretty upset, but he took me out to dinner and we talked. I got over it really fast.”

Gagne bounced back in a big way, making four birdies and just one bogey. His driving was much improved and he missed just three greens Tuesday.

Also at 3 under are Parker Reddig of Minneapolis, Minn., Triston Fisher of Southlake, Texas, and S.M. Lee of Buford, Ga., who went bogey-free in his opening round.

Dalke, who lost in the Round of 64 last week at The Club at Carlton Woods, is among a group of five players who are one shot back. He made just two bogeys to go along with four birdies of his own.

“It was tough at the time, but the next day after I got through it, I learned from it and realized that I really didn’t play that bad,” said Dalke, who tied for third at last year’s Junior PGA. “Once I kind of realized that, I got my confidence back and hopefully that will help this week.”

Also a shot back is Sam Burns, who double-bogeyed the par-4 17th, but had six birdies in his first round. Defending champion Tyler McDaniel also carded a first-round 69, as did Austin Connelly, Zachary Bauchou, Will Thomson and Clay McCrory, who holed out from 130 yards for eagle at the 17th.

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