UIHLEIN SHOOTS 7-UNDER TO TAKE LEAD AT CRAIG RANCH
Karle leads Girls Division by 10 strokes
MCKINNEY, Texas â€” Amidst a wild Texas wind, Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., shot 67 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon to lead after the first day at the AJGA Craig Ranch Junior. In the Girls Division Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., led with a 71 after the first round, then came back with a 67 to end the day 10 strokes ahead of the pack.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association the Craig Ranch Junior is being held at the Tournament Players Club at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. The tournament field consists of 51 boys and 21 girls from 17 states, Canada, Chile and China. There are 28 residents from the state of Texas. The field also includes 17 Rolex Junior All-Americans, including four first-team All-American boys.
Uihlein eagled his ninth hole of the second round, the par-5, 550-yard No. 18. He then drained two birdie putts in the next seven holes to roll to a 34-36 â€” 70 second round.
â€śI played a smart round,â€ť said Uihlein. â€śI made a lot of putts and drove the ball well.
â€śTomorrow I just can't overpower it,â€ť said Uihlein. â€śThere are so many birdie holes, I just have to play smart again.â€ť
Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., shot a first-round 70, followed by a 4-under-par 68 to finish in second. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash., trails Francis by two strokes with a 71-69 â€” 140. Jordan Cook of Edmond, Okla., was tied for the lead with a first-round 67, but shot a 75 in the second round, to wind up tied for fourth. San Antonio, Texas, native Will Griffin also shot a 142 to put him in fourth with Cook, following the first two rounds of play.
Karle shot a first-round 71, then came back after the break to shoot a 5-under-par 67. Karle eagled No. 9, hitting a driver off the tee, followed by a 6-iron to 12 feet on the 472-yard, par-5.
â€śI'm confident following my first two rounds,â€ť said Karle. â€śI felt like I played the same on both rounds, but due to the weather, the only difference was the score.â€ť
Lila Barton of Dallas, Texas, shot a second-round 73 to finish in second with a 148 and Calle Nielson of Nashville, Tenn., is just two behind Barton with 150. Barton had three birdies for the day and Nielson shot an even 36 on the back nine of the second round.
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 be Sunday from 7:30 â€” 9:09 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the TPC at Craig Ranch.
For more information, please call tournament headquarters at (972) 747-9005.