Zhang goes low at Thunderbird, grabs early lead
Andy Zhang eagled his final hole of the day, carding a 7-under 65 in the first round of the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz. But the class-of-2016 standout does not have a lot of breathing room heading into the second round at Grayhawk Golf Club with Sam Burns and Zachary Bauchou sitting one stroke behind at 6 under.
Zhang, the No. 6 junior in Golfweek's rankings, played the final five holes of the course at 4 under. He also eagled two holes – the par-5 seventh and 18th.
Burns, a class-of-2015 LSU commit, racked up nine birdies en route to his 66. Bauchou made five birdies on the back nine, tying Burns for second.
Cheng Jin of Singapore is sitting in fourth at 4 under and Nathan Jeansonne, Theo Humphrey and Carl Yuan are tied for fifth at 3-under 69.
Two former champions are in the hunt this weekend. Defending champ Jorge Garcia, a class-of-2015 Florida commit, is tied for 12th at 1-under 71. Brad Dalke, who became the tournament's youngest champion in 2001 at the age of 13 is tied for 25th at 2 over.
The field continues play tomorrow. Zhang, Burns and Bauchou will play together in the 9:15 group.