KWON AND HUFFER LEAD AT THE RAWLS COURSE AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Weisheit fires competitive course record 10-under-par 62 at Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority
LUBBOCK, Texas — James Kwon of Houston, leads the Boys Division of the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority after carding a 5-under-par 67 in Wednesday's second round for a two-round total of 6-under-par 138. Becca Huffer of Denver, continues to lead the Girls Division after posting a two-day total of 1-under-par 143.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. The tournament field consists of 99 players, 75 boys and 24 girls, from nine states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the course at 7,208 yards and the Girls Division playing at 6,045 yards.
Kwon started strong, making birdie on Nos. 1 and 2 en route to a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine. Kwon said he wasn't hitting the ball really well, but made up for it with his putter, draining several birdie putts and making some key par saves. Kwon has never been in this position before, but is looking forward to his first final round being in the leader group.
“It feels good. It's the first time I've been in this position, so I'm kind of nervous,” Kwon said. “I'm going to go out there and go low. I'm not going to let anyone shoot a 65 and beat me tomorrow.”
Zahkai Brown of Arvada, Colo., is one stroke back at 5-under-par 139. Texas natives round out the rest of the top five, with Ben Hargis of Amarillo, and Austin Beck of Coppell, are tied for third at 4-under-par 140 and Brian Benshoof of McKinney, in fifth at 3-under-par 141.
The story of the day, however, was Jeffrey Weisheit of Flower Mound, Texas. Weisheit, who struggled in the first round with a 10-over-par 82, answered back in round two with a 10-under-par 62. The 10-under-par 62 ties Stewart Whitt's 10-under-par 62 in 2002 as the lowest score in relation to par in AJGA history and breaks the competitive course record at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. Weisheit said he really had his putter working, but also said it was just one of those rare days where everything clicks and works together. Even though he's still six shots off the leader, Weisheit is looking forward to Thursday's final round.
“I was just trying to take it one hole at a time because I knew there were still 36 holes to play and I just wanted to get something going, and that's what happened today,” Weisheit said. “I feel good about tomorrow, I feel really good. I'm just going to go out there and see what happens.”
The Girls Division leader, Huffer, entered the round solid, with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. Even though she struggled with a 3-over-par 39 on the back, she was still able to hold the lead. Huffer made birdies on Nos. 7, 9, and 17, but admitted to struggling with her putter all day long. She is looking to pick up her first AJGA win of her career, but doesn't think tomorrow will be any different.
“Today wasn't great, but it was ok,” Huffer said. “I had three birdies so that helped. Tomorrow I'm just going to try and make some birdies and see what happens.”
Julie Yang of Phoenix, is in second after carding a two-day total of 1-under-par 143 and Lalita Patipaksiri of Cypress, Calif., is in third at even-par 144.
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.
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 7:30 a.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. For more information about the Randy Smith Classic presented by the Lubbock Sports Authority please contact tournament headquarters at (678) 485-1135.