VOGEL, CHO LEAD FOOTJOY INVITATIONAL AFTER TWO ROUNDS
Vogel's 3-under-par 67 spurred by hole-in-one on No. 16
GREENSBORO, N.C. — T.J. Vogel of Cooper City, Fla., and Rak Cho of Brea, Calif., are tied for the lead at 5-under-par 135 after Wednesday's second round of the FootJoy Invitational.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the FootJoy Invitational is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Sedgefield Country Club. The tournament field consists of 99 boys, ages 12-18, from 23 states and seven foreign countries. The field is playing the par-70 course, home of the PGA TOUR's Wyndham Championship, at 7,065 yards.
Vogel's round of 3-under-par 67 featured three birdies, but was undoubtedly defined by his hole-in-one with an 8-iron on the 165-yard, par-3 No. 16.
“I really needed the hole-in-one because at that point I was struggling big time,” Vogel said. “All I wanted to do was hit the green and make par, but it never left the flag.”
Despite being tied for the lead at the tournament's midway point, Vogel said there are parts of his game that he needs to improve for the coming rounds.
“I've got to work on my driver,” Vogel said. “My chipping and putting has never been better, but my goal tomorrow is to hit every fairway.”
Cho said that his success so far has been a product of solid ball-striking and a conservative strategy. Solid shots earned him a second-round score of 2-under-par 68.
“All I've been trying to do is hit the green,” Cho said. “If you can do that then a two-putt will get you a par and if you can make it you get a birdie.”
Cho added that being in a tie for the lead after two rounds will mean a change in game plan for the final 36 holes.
“My original plan was just to play conservatively, be top-30 after the first two rounds and then play aggressively,” Cho said. “After seeing how the course has played, I'm going to stick with my plan of trying to hit it in the middle of the green.”
Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash., sits alone in third place at 3-under-par 137. Tied for fourth place at 2-under-par 138 are Jordan Spieth of Dallas, and Tommy Chung Hao Mou of Bradenton, Fla.
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 49 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 AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 third round of the FootJoy Invitational will start at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Sedgefield Country Club. For more information on the FootJoy Invitational, please call Tournament Headquarters at (336) 299-0744.