VANDEVENTER TAKES SOLE CONTROL OF LEAD AS RAINS DRENCH BRISTOL
Breed on top in Girls Division heading into final round
BRISTOL, Va. — Jay Vandeventer of Bristol, Tenn., fired a 4-under-par 68 Wednesday to take sole possession of the Boys Division lead heading into the final round of the AJGA Junior Championship at The Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources. After steady rain blanketed The Virginian Golf Club course, Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., managed to hang on to her first-round lead, carding a 4-over-par 76 for a two-day total of 2-over-par 146.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Championship at the Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources is a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Virginian Golf Club. The tournament field features 99 boys and 32 girls, ages 13-18, from 21 states, Canada and China. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,002 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the layout at 6,155 yards. After the second round the field was cut to the low 57 boys and 18 girls.
Continuing his streak from the first round, Vandeventer rolled through the back nine, carding five birdies in a six-hole span before posting an even-par 36 on the front. With a two-day total of 7-under-par 137, Vandeventer brought his birdie total to 13 for the tournament, and holds a five-stroke lead heading into the final round. While the 2009 graduate said the rain had little effect on his game, he did credit a steady short game as the key to his round.
“My putter was on fire,” Vandeventer said. “I had some good quality iron shots too, but most of the time I was just trying to focus and keep my mind off the rain. Heading into tomorrow I just need to stick to the same game plan, and play aggressive but smart.”
Alex Hoffman of Myersville, Md., registered a two-day total of 2-under-par 142 to stand in second in the Boys Division, while David Gazzolo of Riverside, Calif., posted a 1-under-par 71 to sit in third. Tied for fourth with two-day totals of even-par 144 are Max Markley of Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Davis Bunn of Knoxville, Tenn.
For the Girls Division, Breed currently sits ahead of the field by one stroke, after posting scores of 39-37 on the front and back nine, respectively. While she added a birdie to her tournament count, Breed said she was unhappy with her round after putting errors on the front side, which left her at 2-over-par for the week.
“I left a lot of shots out there,” Breed said. “I was just annoyed with missing those putts, and the rain didn't help. With the exception of those misses, everything else was ok, I just would have been happier if I could have made that one extra putt.”
Emily Wright of Mason, Ohio carded a 2-over-par 74 to currently sit in second at 3-over-par 147, while Courtney Ellenbogen of Blacksburg, Va., is four shots back of the lead at 6-over-par 150.
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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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Final-round tee times will run from 7:30 - 9:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Virginian Golf Club. For more information on the AJGA Championship at the Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-5196.