LAREDO ENERGY JUNIOR AT TRADITIONS
Traditions Club at Texas A&M
Bryan, Texas •
April 21 - 24
BRYAN, Texas --
results from the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Traditions Club at Texas A&M.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6997. Rating: 74. Slope: 150 Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6101. Rating: 77.6. Slope: 149
Dalke Extends First-Round Lead at Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions Lopez pushes ahead of Girls Division with three-stroke lead
BRYAN, Texas — After 36 holes of play, Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas, held onto the top spot heading into the final round leading the Boys Division by three strokes at the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions. In the Girls Division, Gabriela Lopez of Mexico City, Mexico, leads by three strokes after shooting a 2-under-par 70, for a two-day total of 148.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions is a 54-hole stroke play competition held at Traditions Club at Texas A&M. The par-72 course plays to 6,997 yards for the Boys Division and 6,101 yards for the Girls Division. The 132-player field features players from 24 states, Mexico, France, Colombia, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Venezuela and the Philippines. After the second round, the Boys Division was cut to the low 45 players and ties while the Girls Division was cut to the low 21 players and ties.
Dalke, who shot a 4-over-par 76 Saturday, for a two-day total of 145, owes his leading score to his 3-woods and hybrids.
“Today I just tried to play to the wider part of the fairway and use a variety of clubs,” Dalke said. “I have to remember to play conservatively on this course.”
Despite his three bogeys today, Dalke utilized his birdie on No. 5 to drive him through the front nine holes.
“I made a 15-foot putt to put me back at even after a bogey on No. 3,” Dalke said. “Tomorrow my game plan is to just try to aim for the middle of the greens more and just play par golf.”
Tied in second place in the Boys Division are Nathan Weant of Hallsville, Texas, and Tyler Dunlap of Westlake, Texas, with 4-over-par 148s. In fourth place is Scott Scheffler of Dallas with a 6-over-par 150. Rounding out the top five is Zachary Olsen of Cordova, Tenn., with a 7-over-par 151.
After the first round at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M, Lopez was tied for fourth with a 6-over-par 78. Three birdies and 14 pars later, Lopez leads the Girls Division by three strokes.
“During my first nine holes, I hit every single fairway and every single green,” Lopez said. “After that, I just tried to stay focused and not feel any pressure.”
Lopez, who started off No. 10, birdied Nos. 14, 17 and 18, but No. 18 was the most memorable.
“No. 18 was the key to my momentum,” Lopez said. “I had about a 21-foot putt and when I hit the ball, I thought I hit it too hard, but it went in anyway.”
Lopez is followed by Marijosse Navarro of San Antonio, Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., and Taylor Coleman of San Antonio, who all sit at a two-day total of 7-over-par 151 in second place.
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Final-round tee times for the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions will run from 7:45-9:35 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. For more information about the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions, contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 617-3050.
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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.