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Childress tied for 18th at Dustin Johnson tournament

Staff report

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — Michael Childress of Salisbury is tied for 18th place after the first round of the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach.

Childress, one of 10 golfers from North Carolina in the 65-player field, shot a 3-over par 75 on Friday. The tournament, which has include three international players, continues with rounds today and Sunday.

Childress started the first round on No. 10 and was 2-over on his first nine holes. On the front, he had eight pars and one bogey (No. 8) that left him at 75. Childress is a senior at Cannon School in Concord and has signed to play at the University of Richmond.

Lansdon Robbins, of Davidson, Childress’ teammate at Cannon, carded a 74, tying him for 11th place.

The first-round leader is Fred Biondi, a high school junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla. He shot a 2-under par 70 and has a one-stroke lead over Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, S.C., and Yuki Moriyama, of Las Vegas.

Emily Hawkins, of Lexington, is one of 24 players in the girls’ field for the tournament. Hawkins, a home-schooled senior who has signed with Campbell, shot an 80 and is tied for 14th.

Alexandra Swayne, of Maineville, Ohio, and Alexa Pano, of Lake Worth, Fla., fired 4-under 68s for the top spot on the girls’ leaderboard. Swayne is a high school senior and Clemson signee. Pano is an eighth-grader.

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