NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT COLONIAL
PRESENTED BY MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU

Colonial Country Club
Jackson, Miss. • June 5 - 8
 

MCCONNELL HOLDS A TWO STROKE LEAD AT COLONIAL AFTER SECOND ROUND
Beeler takes charge at her first American Junior Golf Association tournament, leads all girls

JACKSON, Miss. — Paul McConnell of Garland, Texas, and Brooke Beeler of Butler, Ill., continue to occupy the top spots of the Boys and Girls Division leaderboards at the Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau. Respectively, the two leaders fired a 3-under-par 69 and even-par 72, in Wednesday's second round.

The Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the AJGA at Colonial Country Club in Jackson, Miss. The 80-player field boasts juniors from 19 states and South Korea. The Nike Golf Junior All-Star series allows players ages 12-15 to develop their skills and earn entry into other AJGA tournaments.

McConnell carded four birdies en route to a 3-under-par 69, including a birdie on the first and last holes. Going into the final round, McConnell has a tournament total of 139.

“Today I got off to a good start by birding the first hole,” said McConnell, who also took part in the 2005 Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau. “The birdie on No. 8 really got me going because it put me 3-under. I feel good and I just need to keep it up tomorrow. I'll work on my putting and chipping tonight.”

Sam Braver of Roswell, Ga., currently sits in second place, two shots back with a 141. Tied for third with a matching tournament total of 142 are Bloomington, Ill., native Kyle English and Will Ovenden of Spartanburg, S.C. Rounding out the top five with tournament totals of 145, is Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., Devin Patel of Celebration, Fla. and Travis Ralph of Redington Beach, Fla.

Beeler, who is competing in her first AJGA tournament, tallied an even par 72 during the second round. She currently has a 146 tournament total and is seven strokes ahead of the competition.

“This is awesome to be leading,” Beeler said. “Everything is going great for me. Today I had one bad putt, that's it. My short game needs a little work, but overall I am pleased with my performance.”

Mary Michael Maggio, a Conway, Ark., native, jumped into second place with a 3-over-par 75 performance on Wednesday, giving her a tournament total of 153. One stroke behind Maggio in third place is Birmingham, Ala., native, Betsy Birchall. Birchall shot a 78 on Wednesday, putting her at 154 for the tournament.

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 a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and drive force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

The final round will be a 7:30 a.m. start on the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Colonial Country Club on Thursday. For more information about the Nike Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau, please contact tournament headquarters at 601-956-8567, or visit the AJGA website at ajga.org.


 
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Boys
Total
1
Jake Carter
141
T
2
Price Butcher
144
T
2
Zach Tracy
144
Girls
Total
1
Pajaree Anannarukarn
150
2
Julia Johnson
151
T
3
Maddie White
153
T
3
Elizabeth Doykan
153
Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek
Boys
Total
1
Tyler Green
140
2
Zach Norris
141
T
3
Nicolas Osterburg
145
T
3
Callahan Elzey
145
T
3
Joe Weiler
145
T
3
Michael Mounce
145
T
3
Ethan Shepherd
145
T
3
Adam Bratton
145
T
3
Cole Bradley
145
T
3
Thomas Longbella
145
T
3
Mason Lenhart
145
T
3
Sean O'Hara
145
T
3
Andy Mayhew
145
T
3
Max Clift
145
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Hartlage
137
2
Madasyn Pettersen
144
3
Erica Shepherd
145
Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands
Boys
Total
1
Graydon Kent
143
2
Dylan Deogun
144
3
Andrew Walker
145
Girls
Total
1
Sarah Shipley
141
2
Megan Furtney
144
3
Alison Chang
149
Junior All-Star at Ravenwood
Boys
Total
1
Peyton Callens
137
2
Joseph Pagdin
140
3
Grant Drogosch
141
Girls
Total
T
1
Yu Wen Lu
147
T
1
Lindsay May
147
3
Daphne Chao
149
ACDS / Ryan Moore Championship at Oakbrook
Boys
Total
T
1
Chris Mogg
138
T
1
Andrew Chin
138
T
3
Sam Warkentin
141
T
3
James Kim
141
Girls
Total
1
Morgan Goldstein
142
2
Ashley Fitzgibbons
143
3
Bibilani Liu
145
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1
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206
2
Haley Moore
210
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3
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212
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3
Mariel Galdiano
212
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