DALINKA HOLDS LEAD BY TWO STROKES IN BOYS DIVISION AT CRESTWOOD COUNTRY CLUB
Kennedy moves to first in Girls Division
REHOBOTH, Mass., - Brandon Dalinka leads the Boys Division of the AJGA Rhode Island Classic after firing a 7-under-par 135 tournament total. Currently leading the Girls Division is Casey Ann Kennedy of Venice, Fla., who came into the clubhouse with an 8-over-par 150 tournament total.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Rhode Island Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Crestwood Country Club. The 99-player field features players from 21 states and Ontario. The par-71 course is being played at 6,447 yards for the Boys Division and 5,898 yards for the Girls Division.
In the Boys Division, Dalinka said he got started off right with a birdie on No. 2. He also said he improved his putting as well as his ball striking.
“I missed a short birdie on No. 12 but followed it with a good birdie on No. 13,” Dalinka said. “Tomorrow I'll keep myself focused and take every shot individually.”
In addition to birdies on Nos. 2 and 13, Dalinka also birdied Nos. 4, 6, 10 and 18 for a 3-under-par 32 on the front nine and a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine for a 5-under-par 66 on the day.
Taylor Szyndlar of Jupiter, Fla., is currently in second, posting a 5-under-par 137 tournament total. Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, Conn., is in third, carding a 2-under-par 140 tournament total, while Mark Pollak of San Antonio and Jeff Quinn of Anthem, Ariz., are both tied for fourth posting 1-under-par 141 tournament totals.
In the Girls Division, Kennedy said being in the lead for the first time in her AJGA career means a lot. She said the reason for performing so well was concentration and practicing good drills.
“My ball striking is getting better,” Kennedy said. “Tomorrow I'll play a little safer and go for the middle of the fairway and greens and know I have to make each shot.”
After birdieing Nos. 6, 12, 15 and 17, Kennedy finished the front nine with a 3-over-par 38 and the back nine with a 1-under-par 35 for a 2-over-par 73 on the day.
In a three-way tie for second place are Samantha Morrell of North Kingstown, R.I., Meghan Chapman of Seminole, Fla., and Stani Schiavone of Bangor, Pa., all posting 10-over-par 152 tournament totals.
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Final-round tee times will run from 7-11:57 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the AJGA Rhode Island Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 963-0163.