LEWIS AND YONKE TAKE OVER LEADERBOARD AT LOCKTON KANSAS CITY JUNIOR
Salazar now sole leader in Girls Division at The National Golf Club of Kansas City
PARKVILLE, Mo. — Kyle Lewis of Shawnee, Okla., and Curtis Yonke of Overland Park, Kan., are now tied atop the Boys Division leaderboard at 3-under-par 141 after mirroring each other's scorecards, each shooting 71 and 70 during rounds one and two. Meanwhile in the Girls Division, Lauren Salazar of Santa Clara, Calif., sits alone in first at 2-over-par 146 after carding her second straight 1-over-par 73.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lockton Kansas City Junior is a 54-hole stroke-play event being held at The National Golf Club of Kansas City in Parkville, Mo. The tournament field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 20 states, Canada and China. The Boys Division is playing The National Golf Club of Kansas City course at 6,762 yards, and the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,928 yards, par-72.
Yonke took a page out of his own playbook and continued his trend of quick starts. He birdied No. 1 and then watched his ball roll in for another birdie on the 178-yard par-3 No. 4.
“I got off to another quick start today,” Yonke said. “Quick starts always put a positive feel on the day.”
This will be Yonke's first final-pairing appearance at an AJGA Open Championship.
Lewis also picked up where he left off, registering 16 greens in regulation for the second consecutive day. He finished the day with 15 pars, and one eagle, one birdie and one bogey.
Lewis is going for his second AJGA win in as many tries.
“I won two weeks ago at San Antonio,” Lewis said. “I want to feed off my thought process then and translate it back here.”
Four strokes off the pace and sitting tied for third at 1-over-par 145 are Landon Lyons of Baton Rouge, La., and Blake Waller of West Des Moines, Iowa. Right behind them is Christopher Reinert of Parkville, Mo., who sits in fifth with a 2-over-par 146.
In the Girls Division, Salazar opted to switch things up a bit and relied more on her putting and less on her woods and irons.
“I hit the ball worse today but I putted better,” Salazar said while recalling a 30-footer she drained on the 165-yard par-3 No. 6 that saved par.
While she hasn't been able to put both parts of her game together yet, she is confident she can continue to play well at The National Golf Club of Kansas City going into Thursday's final round.
“I'm feeling pretty comfortable,” Salazar said. “I don't like to get too ahead of myself.”
Courtney Hooton of Del Mar, Calif., sits in second at 6-over-par 150. Elizabeth Doty of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., is in third 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 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 50 states and more than 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 200 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 Lockton Kansas City Junior will run from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at The National Golf Club of Kansas City. For more information, please call Tournament Headquarters at (678) 571-7994.