Coosa Country Club
Rome, Ga. • June 23 - 26

Piccio takes one-stroke lead at Coosa Country Club

ROME, Ga. — Shawn Yim, 17, of Buford, Ga., shot a 4-under-par 66 Wednesday to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic. In the Girls Division, Maria Piccio, 16, of Bradenton, Fla., posted a 1-over-par 72 to lead the field.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic features 99 players from 18 states and South America. The field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18. The Boys Division is playing Coosa Country Club as a par-70 at 6,783 yards, while the Girls Division is playing it as a par-71 at 6,036 yards.

Yim carded birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 4, 7 and 11 and only one bogey in his round. He recorded just 27 putts for the day and credited his success to a hot putter.

“I felt like I could make it from anywhere on the green,” Yim said. “I burned a lot of edges out there.”

Tyler Mitchell of Cadiz, Ky., stands alone in second place after posting a 1-under-par 69 for a total of 3-under-par 137. Jade Scott of Daingerfield, Texas and Logan Knebels of Alpharetta, Ga., are tied for third place at 2-under-par 138 after posting rounds of 2-under-par 68 and 1-over-par 71 today. Clark Palmer of Augusta, Ga., is in fifth place after carding a round of even-par 70.

In the Girls Division, Piccio got off to a slow start, going 2-over-par in her first five holes before making birdie on No. 8 to get back to 1-over-par on the front nine. Piccio added two more birdies on Nos. 13 and 17 to finish the back nine at even-par.

“I just kept telling myself ‘keep giving yourself chances for birdies,'” Piccio said. “If I keep doing that, I'll be fine in tomorrow's round.”

Kyung Kim, 14, of Chandler, Ariz., sits just one stroke off the pace after shooting a 3-under-par 68 in the second round, for a tournament total 3-under-par 139. First-round co-leader Anna Keith, 16, of Moultrie, Ga., is currently in third place after carding rounds of 66 and 74.

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The final round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is Thursday, June 26 with tee times running off the first tee from 7:30 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. at Coosa Country Club. For more information about the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-5196.

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