BOWEN STILL HOLDS LEAD AFTER SECOND ROUND OF SAP JUNIOR OPEN
Teachman becomes new leader of Girls Division with 4-under-par 140
Avon, Ohio — Wilson Bowen of Winnetka, Ill., carded a 3-under-par 141 to keep the lead after the second round of the SAP Junior Open at Red Tail Golf Club Wednesday. Tessa Teachman of Baton Rouge, La., became the new leader of the Girls Division after carding a 4-under-par 140.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the SAP Junior Open is being held at Red Tail Golf Club. The tournament field consists of 78 boys and 24 girls from 21 states and one foreign country. The Boys Division is being played at 6,809 yards and the Girls Division is at 5,967 yards.
Wilson, who carded 2-under-par 70 Tuesday, said he played the second round with the same approach he had the first, hitting most fairways and 17 greens. He made five birdies and only three bogeys to have what he felt was an overall solid round.
“I plan on playing a smart shot off the tee, putting the ball on the green and making the putt tomorrow,” Wilson said. “Basically I don't have a different plan, just do the same thing again.”
After two rounds, other Boys Division leaders are Michael Kinkopf of Hilliard, Ohio, recording a 1-over-par 145 to sit in second place. Chase Lovett-Woodsum of Boston, and Michael Cress of Dublin, Ohio, are tied for third place with 2-over-par 146s and Donnie Shin of Columbia, Md., and Brandon Ellis of Westerville, Ohio, are tied for fifth at 3-over-par 147s.
In the Girls Division, Teachman played a solid round of golf, with well-played iron shots and putts. She even had one bounce off the flagstick and roll 20 yards back into the fairway on No. 4. She said she guessed the ball just did not want to go into the hole.
“I really enjoy playing on this course, it sets up really well for me,” Teachman said. “Tomorrow is just another round of golf and I hope I can play well again.”
Rounding out the Girls Division in second place is Stephanie Wagstaff of Asheville, N.C., at 1-over-par 145. Tied for third place are Meredith Swanson of Roanoke, Va., and Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., after carding 3-over-par 147s for two rounds.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 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. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee at Red Tail Golf Club. For more information about the SAP Junior Open, please contact tournament headquarters at (440) 937-6018.