PECK, LONG TIED FOR LEAD AT LOCKTON/CAPITOL FEDERAL KANSAS CITY JUNIOR
Ramos leads Girls Division by five
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. β Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash., and Jace Long of Dixon, Mo., shot 69 and 68 respectively to become co-leaders of the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior. Margarita Ramos of Paradise Valley, Ariz., also stayed on top of the Girls Division on Wednesday after a 74.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior is being held at Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club. The tournament is a 54-hole stroke play event that hosts a field of 99 players. Twenty-one states are represented in the field that consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12 β 18.
Peck picked up right where he left off from the first round by firing a 2-under par 69 for the second round. After two consecutive rounds in the 60s, Peck said the course lays out well for him.
βThis course fits my game well,β Peck said. βI am able to put the ball out there. I usually hit wedges in to the green.β
Peck had a roller-coaster round that included six birdies on Nos. 3, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 15. He said going into the final round he just needs to focus on his game.
βI've shot well so far,β Peck said. βIt has given me confidence, and I just need to shoot good again.β
Long, 16, played consistent golf after consecutive 68s to move to a tournament total 6-under par 136 despite what he said were more difficult conditions.
βThe course played more difficult today,β Long said. βIt was a little windy, but I hit the ball a lot more solid.β
Three shots behind Peck and Long is Jordan Lewis of Marion, Ill., at 139.
Tied for fourth place are Ty Spinella of Aledo, Texas, Mark Johnson of Tulsa, Okla., Michael Garden of St. Albans, Mo., and Samuel Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., all four shots back at 140.
In the Girls Division, Ramos had trouble getting anything going until a chip in for birdie on No. 7 put her at one-under par for the front nine.
βI wasn't making putts,β Ramos said. βI did not hit a lot of fairways on the back nine and putting was more difficult.β
Ramos finished with a 74 to put her at one-over par 143 for the tournament.
Kayley Kempton of Littleton, Colo., stands in second place at 148 for the tournament, and Amber Hensley of Tulsa, Okla., moved to third place at an even-par round of 71 to go to a tournament total of 150.
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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual 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 driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday at Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club. For more information about the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 617-9917.