EMERSON JUNIOR GOLF CLASSIC
Carlton Oaks Country Club
Santee, Calif. • August 4 - 7
 

KEARNEY SHOOTS 4-UNDER-PAR 68 TO TAKE THE LEAD AT EMERSON JUNIOR GOLF CLASSIC
Lee leads Girls Division by two stokes going into the final round

SANTEE, Calif. — Steven Kearney of Carlsbad, Calif., carded five birdies on the day to shoot the lowest score of the tournament thus far. He has the Boys Division lead by one stroke going into the final round of the Emerson Junior Golf Classic. Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., carded the Girls Division second-round low 3-over-par 75 to hold a two-day total of 3-over-par 147.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Emerson Junior Golf Classic is a 54-hole stroke-play event being held at Carlton Oaks Country Club. The tournament field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from seven states and China. Eighty-five hail from the home state of California. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 7,003 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 6,152 yards.

Kearney, who carded a 2-under-par 34 on both the front and back nine, now feels comfortable with his position going into the final round. After 36 holes, he sits at 3-under-par 141.

“It was my goal to be close to the lead going into tomorrow,” said Kearney. “This is even better. I didn't short-side myself today and only missed a few fairways. I'm still going to play the same game by not putting myself in tough spots and not being super conservative.”

In second behind Kearney is Benjamin Thorseth of Richmond, Texas, with a 2-under-par 142. Tied for third with 1-over-par 145s are Matthew Negri of El Cajon, Calif., and Alex Bungert of Orange, Calif. Boris Stantchev of Long Beach, Calif., Chris Capo of Woodland Hills, Calif., Yi Keun Chang of Walnut, Calif., and Joseph Stewart of Palm Desert, Calif., are all tied for fifth at 2-over-par 146 going into the final round.

While not completely satisfied with her overall round performance, Lee felt that her driver worked well. She hit 13 fairways on the day and tallied one birdie on the par-5 No. 3.

“I was trying to focus on hitting the middle of the greens today and at the most, two-putting,” said Lee. “I really just want to play it safe with this course.”

In a three-way tie for second in the Girls Division at 5-over-par 149 are Monica Petchakan of Encino, Calif., Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, and Danielle Frasier of Encinitas, Calif.

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Tee times for the final round of the Emerson Junior Golf Classic will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Carlton Oaks Country Club Thursday, August 7. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Chris White at (770) 601-5196.

 
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