KELLY AND DENMAN SHARE 2-STROKE LEAD IN BOYS DIVISION AT COOSA COUNTRY CLUB
Kim and Drack tied atop Girls Division
ROME, Ga. — Sean Kelly of Staten Island, N.Y., cut a stroke off his first-round score and carded a second-round 4-under-par 67 to join Payne Denman of Riverwatch, Tenn., at the top of the Boys Division at 7-under-par 135. Kelly Drack of Melbourne, Fla., and Alice Kim of Honolulu, both sit in the clubhouse through two rounds at even-par 142 and are tied for first place
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga. The tournament field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 19 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 Coosa Country Club course at 6,821 yards, and the Girls Division is playing at 6,030 yards.
Kelly's bogey-free round included twelve straight pars on Nos. 4 through 15, sandwiched by two birdies on each side. His approach to this success is simple.
“I really hit a lot of greens,” Kelly said. “I think I hit 16 yesterday and 15 today — and no bogeys (today).”
Denman, on the other hand, had more of a back-and-forth round Wednesday, as he marked five birdies and three bogeys. Starting later in the morning than in the first round, he definitely noticed a difference regarding the weather.
“The wind started kicking up a little more out there today,” Denman said after shooting a second-round 2-under-par 69. “There were a few times where the tee shot got away, but I was able to scramble well,”
Bryan Lichimo of North Vancouver, British Columbia and Adam Schenk of Vincennes, Ind., both sit tied for third place at 5-under-par 137. Sawyer Shaw of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Ian Phillips of Acworth, Ga., follow closely at 4-under-par 138 and are tied for fifth.
In the Girls Division, Drack recorded 15 pars en route to a second-round 1-over-par 72, but knows she left some strokes on the course.
“Off the tee I was hitting okay, and my approach shots were good for the most part. My putting was kind of average,” Drack said. “ I had a lot of opportunities that I missed but I'm happy about it (being in the lead).”
Meanwhile, Kim finished her second round by going 2-under-par on Nos. 15 through 18. Her three birdies during that stretch allowed her to finish at 1-under-par 70 for the day.
“My drives were really bad but my irons were good,” Kim said. “I got very close to the hole and my long putts also went in.”
Following closely behind in third at 1-over-par 143 is Ashlan Ramsey of Augusta, Ga.
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.
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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.
Final-round tee times for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will run from 7:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. off the No.1 tee at Coosa Country Club. For more information, please call Tournament Headquarters at (706) 234-7131.