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Corbin, Matsubara grab early lead at Ringgold AJGA event

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RINGGOLD, Ga. (AJGA) — Harrison Corbin (Inman, S.C.) and Kaho Monica Matsubara (San Diego, Cal.) top the leaderboard after Tuesday's opening round at the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star at WindStone Golf Club.

Corbin leads the boys division after carding 4-under-par 67, while Matsubara posted 2-under-par 69 to lead the girls division by three strokes.

Corbin racked up seven birdies and one eagle during his round. The rising eighth-grader credited his short game to his 4-under-par 67.

"I was kind of in shock after making an eagle followed by three birdies," Corbin said. "I plan to play tomorrow like I did today."

Seven competitors are one stroke back of Corbin and tied for second at 3-under-par 68: Zach Norris of McKee, Ky., Jeffrey Cunningham of West Palm Beach, Fla., Andy Ogletree of Little Rock, Miss., Wesley Simmons of Goldsboro, N.C., Liam Warner of Barrington, Ill., Jacob Eklund of Carbondale, Ill., and Crimson Callahan of Chesterfield, Mo.

Chattanooga's Tucker Venable is at 4-over and Ringgold's Ben Rebne is at 8-over after round one.

The leader of the Girls Division came into the season fresh off a year recuperating from an injury. Matsubara aced No. 3 and made three birdies en route to a 2-under-par 69.

"I felt really close to getting a good score because I've been practicing a lot this school year," Matsubara said, who made her first hole-in-one during the first round. "I didn't even know I made a hole-in-one at first."

Trailing Matsubara by three strokes are Ailin Li of Windermere, Fla., and Madison Moosa of Charlotte N.C., who both shot 1-over-par 72.

Signal Mountain's Bethany Burns stands at +10 in the girls division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star is a 54-hole stroke play competition featuring 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-15, from 17 states, Canada, Kazakhstan and Mexico. It is one of 13 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series, which is designed for some of the world's best golfers ages 12-15.

Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., off the No. 1 at WindStone Golf Club.

Information provided by AJGA Media Relations.

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