SECOND ROUND 4-UNDER-PAR 68 GIVES CLARK TWO-STROKE ADVANTAGE IN LUBBOCK
LUBBOCK, Texas — Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo., shot 4-under-par 68 to give him a two-shot lead Wednesday in the Junior All-Star at Lubbock hosted by Randy Smith. Tiffany Lim of San Jose, Calif., was able to protect her lead going into the final round, leading by ten strokes.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Lubbock hosted by Randy Smith is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. The tournament field consists of 88 boys and 21 girls, ages 12 to 15, from 20 states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,817 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,859 yards.
Clark carded another sub-par round today. After an eagle on No. 17, Clark stood the No. 18 fairway waiting for the green to clear for his second shot. He powered his 5-iron 198 yards over water towards the narrow green. The ball made a deep slapping sound as it struck the flag and fell, rolling just a few feet away and into a greenside bunker. After a nice bunker shot, he made his putt for birdie, taking the lead with a second-round total of 6-under-par 70-68—138.
“Tomorrow if I'm in the same position I'm hitting a 6-iron, seriously,” Clark said. “I just have to play like I did today and yesterday, protect par [to win].”
Tied in second sitting at 4-under-par 70-70—140 are Connor Kurtz of Edmond, Okla., and Kraig Mcleod of Pebble Beach, Calif. Followed by Charlie Saxon of Tulsa, Okla., in fourth at 3-under-par 71-70—141. In a three-way tie for fifth are Tyler Thomas of Beaumont, Texas, Jake Katz of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Simon Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., at a two-day total 2-under-par 142.
In the Girls Division, Lim played smart to overcome tough hole locations. She carded 14 pars and two birdies and she now holds a 10-stroke lead after rounds of 68-72—140. In only the third AJGA event of her career, with a win tomorrow Lim would make it her third top-10 finish as well.
“I'm not worried about winning,” 14-year-old Lim said. “I just want to shoot at least 2-under and play my own game, not worry about anyone else.”
Caught in a tie for second at 6-over-par 150 are Dana Finkelstein of Chandler, Ariz., and Lily Bartell of Cave Creek, Ariz.
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.
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 final round of the Junior All-Star at Lubbock hosted by Randy Smith is Thursday, July 24 with tee times running off the No. 1 tee from 7 a.m. — 1 p.m. For more information please contact Tournament Headquarters at (806) 742-4680.