GRAHAM GRABS TWO-STROKE LEAD HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
Lavy takes lead of Girls Division at Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior
SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. â€” Austin Graham of San Clemente, Calif., leads the Boys Division with a two-day total of 1-under-par 139 at the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior at Indian Hills Country Club after carding 3-under-par 67 Wednesday. Emma Lavy of Fayetteville, Ark., leads the Girls Division 9-over-par 149 for two rounds.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Indian Hills Country Club. The tournament field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls from 20 states and one foreign country. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,518 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,971 yards.
Graham, who will be attending Cal-Davis in the fall, has played two solid rounds of golf thus far in his final AJGA tournament. Graham carded 2-over-par 72 Tuesday and credits his driver to his successful play. On the 155-yard, par-3 third hole, Graham was an inch away from a hole-in-one, and putted in for birdie. With an early birdie, Graham felt confident in his game and played aggressively, holing out from the bunker on No. 7 for birdie and also carding birdies on Nos. 9 and 12. Graham concluded his second round strong, posting an eagle on the 522-yard, par-5 18th hole.
â€śI was confident all day and the great competition I had made me play better,â€ť Graham said. â€śTomorrow I just want to play well and just take it shot-by-shot. I just am going out there and acting like it's another round of golf with my friends, but I'm excited to be in a leader group.â€ť
Ty Spinella of Aledo, Texas and Gary Quinn of Anthem, Ariz., are tied for second with two-day totals of 1-over-par 141. Ben Juffer of West Des Moines, Iowa, Kevin Kring of Springfield, Mo., and Tyler Rice of Duncan, Okla., sit tied for fourth with 2-over-par 142s.
In the Girls Division, Lavy shot 4-over-par 74 for the second round, after being tied for second Tuesday at 5-over-par 75. After posting five birdies first round she didn't feel she played her best, but managed to card a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 17, giving her the confidence to know she could still make a birdie putt. Lavy managed to avoid double-bogeys during the round after having three the first day. Lavy said her ball striking wasn't strong, but tried to hit the fairways and play the best she could from difficult positions.
â€śTomorrow I have the same mentalityâ€”to play my best,â€ť Lavy said. â€śI don't want to get wrapped up in the scores, but I am looking for red numbers on the board.â€ť
Anne Ormson of Granger, Ind., sits in second, one-stroke back at 10-over-par 150 for two days and Chelsey Cothran of Springfield, Ark., is in third at 11-over-par 151.
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 Indian Hills Country Club. For more information about the Lockton/Capitol Federal Kansas City Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (913) 362-6200.