Karl Vilips of Perth, Australia seized the early lead Thursday at the 2018 Western Junior at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois.

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Vilips seizes early lead at 2018 Western Junior

SKOKIE, IL (June 19) - Karl Vilips, of Perth, Australia, leads the 2018 Western Junior after shooting a 4-under 66 in the morning wave of Tuesday’s first round at Evanston Golf Club. Last year’s runner-up, Vilips carded six birdies and two bogeys.

“It wasn’t bad,” he said. “There definitely could have been more birdies out there. I just played solid golf.”

Vilips, the No. 1 player in the AJGA Rolex Rankings and a Stanford commit, got as low as 5 under following back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13-14, but he hit his tee shot on the par-4 18th into the grassy bank above the left fairway bunker that resulted in a closing bogey.

“I wanted to shoot a little lower today,” Vilips said. “I struck it probably six out of 10 today. If I can get my ball-striking up a bit, I can go a little bit lower. But I understand it will be tougher in the afternoon tomorrow.”

Tyler Isenhart, of Geneva, Illinois, and Gordon Sargent, of Birmingham, Alabama, both are tied for second at 2 under, and eight players are at 1 under after the morning session.

Defending champion and Pepperdine commit William Mouw, of Chino, Californina, posted a 1-over 71.


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