MAIN LEADS AT 10-UNDER-PAR 134 ENTERING FINAL ROUND
Harigae leads by two strokes in Girls Division
PLEASANTON, Calif. Gregor Main of Danville, Calif., took the lead after the second round, finishing the day with a 5-under-par 67 at the TomatoBank Northern California Classic at 10-under-par 134. Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., turned in an even par-72 Wednesday, and continues to lead the Girls Division at 6-under-par 138 after another warm, sunny day at Ruby Hill Golf Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TomatoBank Northern California Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 57 boys and 26 girls ages 12-18 from 8 states, Canada, and New Zealand. The event is being staged on the par-72 Ruby Hill Golf Club with boys tees set at 7,098 yards and girls tees at 6,274 yards.
Main carded four birdies on the front nine and two on the back nine, including the four par 5's on the course. He said he putted well today, recording one bogey and turning in a 5-under-par 67.
My putting really saved me today because I didn't hit the ball that great, Main said. When I missed the green, I would get up-and-down to make birdie or par.
Main says his strategy is to play his game tomorrow and not think about his competition while he's on the course.
I'm just going to go out and have a good time, he said.
Going into the final round, Alex Kang of Oak Park, Calif., is in second place at 8-under-par 136. Tied for third at 4-under-par 144 are Jeffrey Hamm of Danville, Calif., Tommy Chung Hao Mou of Taipei, Taiwan, Benjamin Bauch of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Steven Kearney of Carlsbad, Calif.
Still leading the tournament at 6-under-par 138, Harigae said she had a frustrating day, carding five birdies and five bogeys to end Wednesday's round at even par-72.
I couldn't make any short, easy putts, but I made the long putts, Harigae said.
Harigae, who felt good about her shots off the tee and approach shots, says she needs to get her speed right for Thursday's final round if she wants to keep the lead.
Second place in the Girls Division is held by Courtney Ellenbogen of Blacksburg, Va., at 4-under-par 140. Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., is in third at 3-under-par 141.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
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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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
The final round will take place Thursday with tee times running from 7:30 9:27 a.m. of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the TomatoBank Northern California Classic, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 861-0519.