SMITH, YOCUM MAINTAIN LEADER POSITIONS AFTER ROUND TWO
Juniors prepare for final round at Glenwild Golf Club & Spa
PARK CITY, Utah— Tyler Smith held on to the lead at the AJGA Glenwild Junior by firing a 4-over-par 75 for a tournament total of 4-over-par 146. Shannon Yocum also shot a 4-over-par 75 Wednesday for a tournament total of 7-over-par 149 and kept her place at the top for the second day.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Glenwild Junior features 84 players from 14 states and Canada, including eight Utah natives. The event, in its inaugural year, is a 54-hole stroke play tournament being held at Glenwild Golf Club & Spa.
Smith, 16, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said he played better during the second round than the first, but just didn’t get any breaks this time around.
“I hit the ball really well,” he said. “I just played it badly.”
Smith began his round with six straight pars before making a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 seventh.
“I play better when I go for everything,” he said. “I don’t like to mess around. I played a lot better today, so I won’t change anything.”
Tied for second behind Smith with two-day totals of 5-over-par 147s are Peter Ahn of Victoria, British Columbia, and Jordan Fowles of Delta, Utah. Tied for fourth and going into the final round with two-day totals of 6-over-par 148s are Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jeffrey Chen of Walnut, Calif., Jake Yount of Danville, Calif., and Estanislao Guerrero of San Diego, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Yocum, 17, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., said she played badly in the second round, despite staying in the lead.
“I bogeyed my first three holes, but I didn’t let my anger take over,” she said. “Everything seems really solid, I just made some stupid mistakes.”
One particular mistake came on the back nine when she addressed her ball to putt and the ball moved, resulting in a one-stroke penalty.
“I feel pretty confident that I can do much better than I did today,” she said.
Behind Yocum is Brooke Todare of Paradise Valley, Ariz., with a tournament total of 9-over-par 151. Carding a 74, Todare shot the low second round of the Girls Division. Jeana Dahl of Fargo, N.D., goes into the final round in third place at 152.
Final-round tee times will run from , Thursday at Glenwild Golf Club & Spa.
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The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.