MASON TAKES SECOND-ROUND LEAD AFTER 5-UNDER-PAR 67
Maymon leads Girls Division of Randy Smith Classic presented by Lubbock Sports Authority by one stroke
LUBBOCK, Texas — Brad Mason of Dallas, catapulted to the top of the Boys Division during the second round of the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, scoring a 5-under-par 67 on the day for an 8-under-par 136 two-day total. Maria Maymon of Huixquilucan, Mexico rose from two strokes back after the first round to take the lead of the Girls Division heading into the final round on Thursday with a two-day total of 5-over-par 149.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. The tournament field consists of 120 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 10 states, Mexico, Philippines and China. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,019 yards, while the Girls Division is playing it at 6,231 yards.
Mason's first two holes set the tone for the rest of the day with a tap-in birdie putt on No. 1 followed by a 30-foot putt for eagle on No. 2. He parred his next ten holes before carding another birdie on the par-4 No. 13. His lone bogey of the round came on No. 14 after barely missing a bunker, leaving him an awkward shot to the green. He made up for it with two more birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 to finish the round five strokes ahead of the competition.
“I had a steady round after I was 3-under,” Mason said. “I drove the ball really well, and my ball striking was good. I didn't really have any weaknesses today. It was just a solid round of golf.”
A four-way tie for second rounds out the top 5 of the Boys Division. Ben Bankhead of McKinney, Texas, Preston Valder of Yorba Linda, Calif., Thomas Birdsey of The Woodlands, Texas, and Adam Carpenter of Little Rock, Ark., finished the second round each with a 3-under-par 141 tournament total.
Maymon started off the day on a run with birdies on Nos. 3 and 6, both par-3 holes. The back nine proved to be a challenge after a 2-under front nine, beginning with a bogey on No. 10 and carding four consecutive bogeys on Nos. 13 through 16. Birdies on Nos. 12 and 17 kept her bogeys at bay and her name on the leaderboard.
“I had a really good front nine,” Maymon said. “I thought, maybe if I continue playing like this and with a little luck, it will be a good day, and it was.” Chelsea Bretcher of Austin, Texas, will be chasing Maymon on Thursday only one stroke off the lead after a second-round 3-over-par 75 leaving her at 6-over-par 150. Kaylin Terry of Austin, and Christina Cantu of Houston, won't be far behind either, each only three strokes behind Maymon at 8-over-par 152.
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 50 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 350 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.
Final-round tee times for the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, off the No. 1 tee at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Walker Hill at (678) 617-2417.