TANCO TAKES CONTROL HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND OF ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Burlison trails by three at Carmel Country Club
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., shot a 2-under-par 70 Thursday to lead the field by three strokes after the second round of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Girls Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Carmel Country Club South Course. The 99-player field features players from 23 states and six foreign countries. The par-72 Carmel Country Club - South Course is being played at 6,356 yards.
Tanco began her second round in similar fashion to her first, carding birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 9 en route to a bogey-free 3-under-par 33 on the front nine. She added another birdie and only two bogeys to her scorecard on the back nine. Tanco credited her good play to accuracy off the tee and solid putting.
I hit my drives in the fairway all day, and I made about a 27-foot putt for birdie on No. 4, Tanco said. I didn't hit my irons as well as I would have liked, but I putted well.
Tanco is looking forward to her round Friday; especially the opportunity to record her first AJGA victory.
My focus is to play good and have a good round tomorrow, Tanco said. I would be really happy to win such an important tournament.
Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., stands alone in second place after posting a 1-under-par 71, bringing her tournament total to 3-under-par 141.
Burlison was nervous at the beginning of her round but eventually calmed down after sticking her approach shot to a foot from the flagstick on the third hole.
I wasn't hitting it so well on the range this morning, Burlison said. But I knew I was going to be able to grind it out and have a good round.
Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., Tessa Teachman of Baton Rouge, La., Erynne Lee of Silverdale.,Wash., and Pearl Jin of Bradenton, Fla., are tied for third place at 2-under-par 142.
Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. Along with sponsoring the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, Rolex is also the title partner of the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the proprietors of the Rolex Junior All-America Teams.
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 49 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.
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.
The final round of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship will be Friday, June 13 with tee times running off the first tee from 7 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at Carmel Country Club and will be available in real-time through FootJoy Live Scoring. For more information about the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, please contact Steve Ethun at 678-571-7994