BRANNAN ATOP LEADER BOARD AT TRUMP NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
Yang holds 10-stroke-lead heading into final round
BEDMINSTER, N.J.- Consecutive birdies on the last two holes helped Sean Brannan of Hollidaysburg, Pa., secure a 4-stroke lead in the Boys Division heading into the final round of the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National Thursday. His 1-under-par 71 was the only sub-par round of the day. In the Girls Division, Glory Yang of Murrieta, Calif., carded a 73-76-149 tournament total to take a 10-stroke lead.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National is a 54-hole stroke-play competition featuring 84 boys and girls from 19 states. This is the first time Trump National Golf Club is hosting an AJGA event. The par-72 course is playing at 6,830 for the Boys Division (Girls Division is playing at 5,858 yards).
Brannan, 16, hit 14 greens and 9 fairways in regulation, on his way to carding three birdies on the day.
“On No. 17, I hit a 9-iron to 20 feet from the flagstick and made the putt,” Brannan said.
Brannan, who placed second at last week's Smithfield Junior Championship, has never won an AJGA event and plans to continue his solid play in order to claim his first victory.
“I am going to keep playing my game,” Brannan said. “This is a long way from over.”
Samuel Ryder of Rosemont, Pa., trails Brannan by four strokes with a 149, while Spencer Cole of Greer, S.C., is in third with a tournament total 150. Thomas McCarthy of Tolland, Conn., stands in fourth with a two-day total of 151 and Chris Rockwell of Owings Mills, Md., is in fifth with a 152 heading into the final round.
In the Girls Division, Yang hit 10 greens, fired four birdies and stuck three approach shots to less than 10 feet.
“I hit two solid shots on No.1 then stuck it to six feet from the flagstick and made the birdie putt,” Yang said. “My best putt of the day was on No. 5 when I made a 20-foot putt downhill and to the left for birdie.”
Yang has not won a tournament since the 2004 I.R.I. Golf Group Oakridge Junior and plans to stay focused in the final round.
“I am going to focus on every single shot and not worry about my previous shots,” Yang said. “I will never be perfect, but I am going to do my best.”
Following Yang in the Girls Division is Meredith Kotowski of Marion, Mass., with a tournament total 159 and Sarah Brown of Stewartsville, N.J., with a 160.
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 an annual 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 is in 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 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.
The final round of the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National will be held Friday, July 21 with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. off of the No. 1 tee. For more information on the Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National contact tournament headquarters at (908) 212-0251 or Tournament Director Andrew Greenfield at (770) 601-8922.