WYNDORF, KIM AND JENKINS NAMED FINAL-ROUND LEADERS IN DELAWARE
Wang continues domination in Girls Division at Wild Quail
WYOMING, Del. -Maxwell Wyndorf of Chadds Ford, Pa., Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., Joshua Jenkins of Ellicott City, Md., all head into the final round of the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild Quail atop of the Boys Division leaderboard at 6-under-par 138. Catherina Wang of Orlando, Fla., stands alone in first at 4-under-par 140 in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild Quail is being held at the Wild Quail Golf & Country Club in Wyoming, Del. The 54-hole event features 103 junior golfers from 16 states, including seven from the state of Delaware.
Wyndorf (37-31—68) credits his eagle on the 357-yard, par-4 No. 10 to set the tone for the rest of his incredible finish.
“I drove it on the green and made a 20-foot putt for eagle,” the 17-year-old said. “I was not playing well on the front, but that putt really helped my momentum. The other members of my group were also playing well, which allowed me to feed off them.”
Wyndorf continued his impressive feat on the back nine by garnering birdies on Nos. 15, 17 and 18.
“I just wanted to put myself in contention for tomorrow,” the high school junior said. “I am pleased with my performance so far as I have only had two bogeys thus far.”
Challenging Wyndorf for the bragging rights are Kim and Jenkins. Kim, who shot 70 in the first round, nailed a 30-foot putt on the 161-yard par-3 No. 3, which built his confidence in his putter.
“Putting is the weakest part of my game and that putt really helped me mentally,” the 16-year-old said. “Heading into Thursday's round I plan to continue to hit fairways and greens, and hopefully the putts will drop.”
Jenkins, one of the first-round leaders, struggled with the playing conditions on Wednesday.
“It was windier today and since I hit it higher than most players, it was bit of a challenge for me,” the high school senior said. “But, I knew I would if I could stay under par, I would be in a good position for Thursday.”
Jenkins's (68-70—138) strategy going into the final round is rather simple: relax.
“Tonight I am just going to rest and take it easy. I feel confident that I will be able to hang with the other leaders,” he said.
Trailing behind the trio of leaders by one shot are Sam Horowitz of Hewlett, N.Y., and Warren West of Chestertown, Md.
The 2004 second-team Rolex Junior All-American Wang already has two national titles under her belt and is hungry to add another to her collection as she continues to lead the field after a second round of even-par 72.
Wang's first six holes were steady and consistent. However, the 294-yard par-4 No. 7 ended her streak of pars.
“I hit my second shot into the hazard, which caused me to double bogey that hole,” the Girls Division leader said. “Even though I shot even today, I was all over the course.”
Wang's determination and focus enabled to fight back with birdies on Nos. 10 and 16, to finish her round 38-34—72.
“I am going to practice on my driver and irons this afternoon,” Wang said.
Sitting three shots behind Wang and seeking to add another title to her resume is Julie Kim of Bayside, N.Y. Kim captured her first AJGA title at the Lessing's AJGA Classic last week.
In third at 3-over-par 147 are Jaclyn Sweeney of Andover, Mass., and New York native Lois Kim of Bayside, Julie Kim's twin sister.
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. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 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 begin Thursday at 6:51 a.m. off the No. 1 tee of the Wild Quail Golf & Country Club.
For more information on the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild, call Tournament Director Matt Larson at (612) 414-2310.