Written by Jeremy Beale

First Round Cherry Blossom Classic: Danielle Suh Cards Lowest Round of the Day, 14-year-old Zachary Maloy Leads Boys Overall

After much anticipation, the 3rd Annual MAPGA Cherry Blossom Classic is finally underway at the University of Maryland Golf Course, in College Park Maryland. Rescheduled due to rain, the golfers were eager to get out and compete.

Leading in the Girls 16-18 Division and carding the lowest score of the day in the Girls Overall division was Danielle Suh of Herndon, Virginia with a 1-over-par, 72. Trailing Suh by seven strokes is Jacqueline Cherry.

Suh’s mental game proved to be a huge proponent of success as she got off to a rocky start after a double-bogey on the first hole. She said this forced her to focus on her game from the start rather than worrying about her opponents. However, the most important factor of her success was her putting and short game. Over the past year, Suh has been working on these shots and felt she has improved in her last two tournaments.

She did not find that the course played as difficult as many of her fellow competitors. She attributed this to improved length and consistency with her driver, which resulted in shorter second shots.

“My plan is not to think of the rest of the field and to play my game,” Suh said about her strategy tomorrow. “My goal is to play more conservative, while still getting after it.”

Leading the Boys Overall (14-18) division is 14-year-old Zachary Maloy of Potomac, Maryland. “It was really the putting that did it for me today—the fairways and greens were really hard and rolled a lot,”Maloy said.

Maloy’s strategy was to land the ball short of the green, which proved crucial to his success. He attributed his putting to his success, allowing him to make the turn at even par. Rallying back from the triple on 13, he finished with two birdies. Maloy hopes to roll in more putts tomorrow to keep his lead.

Trailing Maloy in his age division is Nicholas Barros (Bethesda, Maryland) carding a 76 (5-over-par).

In the Boys 16-18 Division, James Shin of Brambleton, Maryland is leading carding a First Round 73 (2-over-par), which ties him with Maloy in the Boys Overall. There are two golfers in Shin’s division trailing his lead by one stroke—Carlo Pizzano (College Park, Maryland) and Yida Wang (Potomac, Maryland).

In the Boys 12-13 Division, there was a three-way tie for the lead with Peter Barros (Bethesda, Maryland), Arya Grayeli (Vienna, Virginia) and Benjamin Newfield (Arlington, Virginia) carding 4-over-par, 75.

In the Girls 14-15 Division, there is a three-way tie for the lead, Emma Chen (Rockville, Maryland), Alyssa Cong (Germantown, Maryland) and Faith McIlvain (Ellicott City, Maryland) all of which carded, 6-over-par, 77.

In the Girls 12-13 Division, Sydney Hackett (Ashburn, Virginia) leads with a 2-over-par, 73.

Thank you, University of Maryland Golf Course for hosting the event. To view the rest of today’s results, visit: https://bit.ly/2LXC3FV. Tune in for an exciting finish tomorrow.