Boyne Highlands Resort - Donald Ross Memorial
Harbor Springs, Mich. • July 3 - 6


Neff holds 3-stroke lead at Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands


HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich.Matthew Thompson of Battle Creek, Mich., holds a 5-stroke lead after firing a second round 4-under-par 68 at the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands. In the Girls Division, Aimee Neff of Carmel, Ind., fired a 3-over-par 75 to secure a 3-stroke lead.

            The Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands is a 54-hole tournament presented by the American Junior Golf Association at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich. The 144-player field boasts 105 boys and 39 girls from 27 states and Canada. 

            Thompson, who came into the day tied for the lead, opened with 3-under-par on the front nine.  He recorded birdies on Nos. 1, 6 and 9. He found trouble twice on the back-nine, taking bogies on Nos. 13 and 17.  He recovered quickly by making birdie to get those strokes back by making birdie on three of his final five holes . Today’s round of 68 gives Thompson a tournament total of 138.

            “I putted well today and was able to stay out of trouble,” said Thompson. “It feels good to still be in the lead, but I have to take care of business tomorrow. I can’t get out of my game.”

            In second place with a tournament total of 143 is Ethan Tracy of Hilliard, Ohio, while Michael Cress of Dublin, Ohio, sits in third with a tournament total of 145.  Tied for fourth-place with tournament totals of 146 are Samuel Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., and Mark Johnson of Tulsa, Okla.

            In the Girls Division, Neff struggled early as she battled tough wind conditions for the second day in a row. She recovered from her early troubles as she went on to shoot 1-under-par on her final 12 holes. After the second round, Neff’s tournament total stands at 154, giving her a 3-stroke advantage.  

            “I finished off well today, but left some good opportunities out there,” said Neff. “The final round will be mostly mental for me, I’m going to take it one shot at a time and try to hit as many good ones as I can.”

            Sitting in a tie for second with tournament totals of 157 are Emily Childs of Alameda, Calif., and Seo Hee Moon of Mukilteo, Wash.

             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 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, 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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.

            Final round action will begin Thursday, July 6 with an 8:00 a.m. start off Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Donald Ross Memorial. For more information about the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands please call tournament headquarters at (231) 526-3102.




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