Leader Herr Goes Low Again to Keep Lead at Killington Junior Golf Championship
Liu looking to finish strong at Green Mountain National Golf Course
KILLINGTON, Vt. — Zachary Herr of New Hope, Pa., carded another sub-par round, a 2-under-par 69, to extend his lead in the Boys Division to 11 strokes heading into the final round. Yu Liu of Beijing, China, fired a 4-over-par 75 to maintain her lead in the Girls Division.
The Killington Junior Golf Championship is a 54-hole stroke play tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Green Mountain National Golf Course. The 99-player field features 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states, Canada and China. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,584 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 5,889 yards.
Herr used his steady iron play and 29 second-round putts to maintain his lead heading into the final round. The fact that he has only missed seven greens all week showcases the consistency that has gotten his name to the top of the leaderboard. He also carded five birdies on the day which he attributes to the accuracy of his irons.
“My iron play has been my strength these past two days,” Herr said. “Being able to stick irons five and six feet every time gives me good opportunities for birdies and some of they are starting to fall.”
In second sits Chris Houston of Gilford, N.H., with a 3-over-par 145. Kyle Perettine of Boca Raton, Fla., and Patrick O'Leary of Milton, Mass., are tied for third at 4-over-par 146. In a tie for fifth at 5-over-par 147 is Sean Bozuk of Burlington, Ontario, Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn., and Quinn Prchal of Glenview, Ill.
Coming off her first AJGA victory at the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup, Liu was able to hit 13 fairways and keep her ball out of trouble surrounding the tight fairways of Green Mountain National Golf Course. She hopes her consistent play carries over into the final round and keeps her in contention.
“It feels awesome,” Liu said of being the leader heading into the final round. “I feel very confident with my game right now, so if I just go out and focus on my own score I know I have a good shot.”
Isabel Southard of Sharon, Mass., is in second, two strokes behind Liu at 7-over-par 149. In third at 11-over-par 153 is Erica Herr of New Hope, Pa.
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
Final-round tee times for the Killington Junior Golf Championship will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Green Mountain National Golf Course. For more information about the Killington Junior Golf Championship please contact Tournament Director Ryan Tahara at (678) 617-2427.