Owen and Harris tied at 3-under-par after second round of Webb Simpson Junior Championship
Four girls tied for first heading into final round
CLEMMONS, N.C. — After the second round of the Webb Simpson Junior Championship, Tanner Owen of High Point, N.C., joins Dylan Harris of Southern Pines, N.C., atop of the leaderboard at 3-under-par 137. Four girls are presently tied for first with a two-day tournament total of 8-over-par 148.
The Webb Simpson Junior Championship is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Tanglewood Park - Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 20 states and six countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-70 course at 6,778 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,983 yards.
First-round leader Harris had four birdies and shot a second-round even-par 70 to remain atop the leaderboard.
Owen moved from second to tied for first with a second-round 2-under-par 68.
“On the first tee I was just thinking about the first shot and taking it shot by shot as always,” Owen said. “I don't think about my score or what I'm going to shoot because how I play compared to the field is not as important as how I play compared to the course.”
Tied for third at even-par 140 are Daniel Brantley of Asheboro, N.C., Ethan Wagner of Port Orange, Fla., Jason Chen of Brea, Calif., and Will Seger of Jasper, Ind.
First-round leader Hana Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J., carded a 7-over-par 77 to share the lead heading into the final round.
Andrea Unson of Murrieta, Calif., won the 2010 Webb Simpson Junior Championship and is currently tied for the lead after carding a second-round 5-over-par 75.
“Since I won it last year, I know I can win it this year,” Unson said. “I'm going to try my best tomorrow and hope I play well.”
Kacie Komoto of Honolulu also carded a 5-over-par 75 and is optimistic for the final round.
“I want to play my own game and take it shot by shot; you never know what can happen,” Komoto said.
Shannon Aubert of Reunion, Fla., was a 2010 first-team Rolex Junior All-American and is currently ranked fifth in the Polo Golf Rankings. She shot a 5-over-par 75 to move from second place to first along with Unson and Komoto.
“I actually hit the ball really well today,” Aubert said. “I hit 15 greens and started off really well. I was hitting fairways and greens and making two-putts.”
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 more than 40 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.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, 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. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
The final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday off Nos. 1 and 10. For more information on the Webb Simpson Junior Championship, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 485-1135 or visit the AJGA website at ajga.org.