ELLIS CONTINUES HOT STREAK AT JOHN DEERE CLASSIC JUNIOR OPEN
Talley extends her lead to four strokes in the Girls Division at Glynns Creek Golf Course
LONG GROVE, Iowa — Alex Ellis, 17, of Austin, Texas, maintained his lead on Wednesday after the second round of the Boys Division at the John Deere Classic Junior Open. Emma Talley, 15, of Princeton, Ky., continues to lead the Girls Division after shooting a 2-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the John Deere Classic Junior Open at Glynns Creek Golf Course is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Glynns Creek Golf Course. The tournament field consists of 115 Boys and 27 Girls, ages 12-18, from 24 states, Columbia and Canada. The par-72 course is being played at 7,005 yards for the Boys division and 6,148 yards for the Girls Division.
Ellis leads the Boys Division by five strokes after shooting a 1-under-par 71. Ellis was able to maintain his exceptional start from Tuesday by playing steady throughout the day. After posting a bogey on No. 8, Ellis was able to regain his momentum by making a birdie on No. 9.
“I was really nervous starting today in the lead,” Ellis said. “I just tried to be patient. Getting the birdie
on No. 9 helped get me going on the back nine.”
Ian Vandersee of West Des Moines, Iowa, enters the final round in sole possession of second place after posting a 1-under-par 143. Peter Callas of Moline, Ill., Tyler Kato of Seattle, and Jonathan Hauter of Morton, Ill., round out the top three with even-par 144s.
In the Girls Division, Talley extended her day one lead after firing a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 139. Talley started off slow but quickly turned her day around on her second nine with birdies on Nos. 2, 4, and 9.
“I was happy with my round, I played consistent,” Talley said. “Tomorrow I'm just going to try and play how I have been playing”.
Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Ill., sits in second at 1-under-par 143. Pamela Burneski of Surrey, British Columbia, and Courtney Hooton of Del Mar, Calif., are tied for third with 36-hole totals of 2-over-par 146.
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 50 states and more than 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 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 John Deere Classic Junior Open will begin Thursday with tee times running from 7-8:48 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 10. For more information please contact Tournament Director Rachel Graves at (770) 861-0519