ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Fort Worth, Texas •
June 21 - 24
FORT WORTH, Texas --
results from the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Hidden Creek Golf Course.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 7124. Rating: 75. Slope: 133 Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6017. Rating: 76.4. Slope: 139
Griffin's Second Consecutive Under-Par Round Keeps Him Atop the Leaderboard at the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship Ferguson continues strong performance to lead Girls Division at Southern Oaks Golf Club
FORT WORTH, Texas— Despite four bogeys, Will Griffin of Lufkin, Texas, sits at the top of the leaderboard at the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship after a 2-under-par 69 to bring his tournament total to 7-under-par 135. Courtney Ferguson of Houston shot a 2-over-par 73 to lead the Girls Division by four strokes at Southern Oaks Golf Club to bring her two-day total to 4-under-par 138.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The 144-player field boasts junior golfers from 14 states, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the course at 7,124 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 6,017 yards.
After a stellar 5-under-par 66 in the first round, Griffin attributed his second consecutive under-par round to his putting.
“Today was different, I had four bogeys,” Griffin said. “I wasn't as consistent off the tee, but I putted well. When I'm making putts, I feel I can post a low score, and that's what I need to do tomorrow.”
This is the first lead Griffin has had going into the final round of an AJGA event, but said his confidence from the past two days will lead him to play well and hopefully win the tournament.
Tied for second place with a 4-under-par 138 are Brandon Ng of Toronto, Ontario, and Adam Colwell of The Woodlands, Texas. In fourth place is Brax McCarthy of Fort Worth, Texas, with a 2-under-par 140. Myles Lewis of Metairie, La. is in fifth place at even-par 142.
After a lost ball on her first hole of the day that resulted in a double bogey, Ferguson kept her composure and finished the rest of the round at even par.
“I was weary of starting on No. 10, but after I knew the ball was gone, I went back to the tee and regrouped,” Ferguson said.
Four strokes behind Ferguson at even-par 142 is Betty Chen of Castro Valley, Calif. Tied for third place with a tournament total of 2-over-par 144 is Irina Paulin Gabasa of Cebu, Philippines, and Joyce Kim of Carlsbad, Calif.
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Final round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. of Nos. 1 and 10 tees Thursday, June 24, at Southern Oaks Golf Club. For more information about the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship, please contact Annie Giangrosso at (678) 571-7994.
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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.