The 2019 prospect for the British Open

Turner Hosch was flawless on Friday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, and that earned him the top spot. The 2019 British Open prospect form Dallas fired an opening 6-under 65 at the AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational to grab the outright lead through 18 holes in North Plains, Ore. Hosch leads Ryan Goldfarb, 2018 from Palm Beach, Fla., and Clay Seeber, 2019 from Newport Beach, Calif., by one with 36 holes to go.

Hosch, rated 141st in the Golfweek/Sagarin Boys junior rankings, did it with a steady diet of birdies, posting three on par 5s in his first 10 holes before adding a trio more over his closing holes. Back-to-back birdies to finish moved him out to 6 under and a bogey-free round.

An Oklahoma commit, Hosch had just one of 12 sub-par rounds on the day in the boys’ division. His best AJGA finish is a solo third at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Bentwater this past April.

On the girls’ side, Cindy Kou, originally of China and now residing in Windermere, Fla., posted the only sub-par opening round among her division to move in front. Four birdies, with three coming on par 3s, pushed her to a 2-under 69 and a two-shot lead. Kou, No. 34 in Golfweek‘s Girls junior ranking, is used to the top of a leaderboard, as she’s won three AJGA events since October. The 2021 prospect will be looking for her fourth career triumph on the circuit over the final 36 holes.

No. 97 Alexa Melton, a 2019 prospect of Covina, Calif., is second at even, with No. 135 Kayla Sam, a 2021 prospect of Anaheim Hills, Calif., third at 1 over.

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