WIGHT AND WHITE MAINTAIN LEAD IN WINDY PALM BEACH
Leaderboard tightens in both Boys and Girls Divisions at PING Junior at Mirasol
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. â€” Despite high winds and fast course conditions, Robbie Wight of West Palm Beach, Fla., maintained the top spot in the Boys Division with a two-round score of 67-73â€”140, two shots clear of the field after two rounds at the PING Junior at Mirasol. Dolores White of Lakeland, Fla., finished 36 holes at even-par 144 and will enter Friday's final round with a slim 1-shot lead.
Played at the site of the PGA TOUR's The Honda Classic, the PING Junior at Mirasol is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The event features junior golfers from 15 states, Canada and China, including 64 from the state of Florida.
Attributing wind speed to the three bogeys he made on his front-nine, Wight shot 3-under-par on his last four holes to seal his place atop the leaderboard with a total of 67-73â€”140.
â€śI didn't hit the ball very well â€” the conditions were tougher,â€ť Wight said. â€śI'm just looking forward to another round of golf tomorrow. I still have to cross home plate.â€ť
Cameron Knight of Dade City, Fla., continues to keep within two shots of Wight with a total of 69-73â€”142. Michael Saari of Lilburn, Ga., fell to third with a two-round total of 67-76â€”143 to tie with Rolex Junior All-American Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China at 74-69â€”143. Thomas Hugghins of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Greg Forest of Palm City, Fla., are tied for fifth with totals of 71-73â€”144.
White, a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, shot a second-round 77 for a total of even-par 144 to retain the lead in the Girls Division.
â€śThe wind was very difficult â€” it was taking control of the ball,â€ť White said. â€śTomorrow, I'm going to try to get my long putts closer to the hole instead of trying to make them all.â€ť
Climbing within one shot of White, 2002 Rolex Junior Player of the Year In-Bee Park of Las Vegas, shot 1-over-par 73 for a total of 145. Jacqui Concolino of Orlando, Fla., and Jessica Yadloczky of Casselberry, Fla., shot even par, the lowest second-round scores in the Girls Division, to tie for third with totals of 2-over 146.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(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. The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Final round tee times will run from 7:30 to 9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Country Club at Mirasol. For more information on the PING Junior at Mirasol, please contact tournament headquarters (561) 776-4949 ext. 105.