Lloyd, Maguire Claim Second-Round Lead at Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational
Sims increases lead to four shots in Girls Division
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Jack Maguire of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Alex Lloyd of Virginia Beach, Fla., each carded rounds in the 60s and are tied for the lead at 3-under-par after two rounds at the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational. Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, increased her lead in the Girls Division and has a four-shot cushion heading into Monday's final round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Mission Inn Resort & Club. The field features 54 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-15, from 21 states, Canada, Colombia and Mexico. The par-72 El Campeon course is being played at 6,718 yards for the Boys Division and 5,837 yards for the Girls Division.
Maguire, 15, recorded the flashiest round of the tournament, as his second-round 66 included six consecutive birdies (Nos. 10-15). After a putting lesson last week, Maguire said poor speed was the only thing that kept him from making more putts during the first round. The putting lesson paid off Sunday, as Maguire improved his speed and made several birdie putts from 10 to 25 feet en route to his 3-under-par total.
“Tomorrow, I'm going to play conservatively and hope that my putts will drop like they did today,” said Maguire, whose best finish of the season was a T4 showing at the Junior All-Star at Ballantyne.
Lloyd, 15, had a bit of flash in his round as well, as he hit a hybrid from 215 yards to three feet on the par-5 first hole (his 10th hole of the day). He said that he learned something earlier this season that helped him during Sunday's second round.
“I learned that I could play well and that sometimes all it takes is one or two good holes to get you going during a round,” said Lloyd, who finished third at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier.
Connor Black of Katy, Texas, shot a second-round 70 and is alone in third at 1-under-par. Six players are at 3-over-par and are tied for fourth: Thomas Lim of Moorpark, Calif.; Davis Womble of High Point, N.C.; Shotaro Ban of San Jose, Calif.; Ki Taek Lee of La Quinta, Calif.; Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C.; and J.D. Tomlinson of Gainesville, Fla.
In the Girls Division, Sims, 13, was 3-under-par and bogey-free through 11 holes. At that point, she said the heat started to affect her, and she bogeyed four of her next five holes. Despite the late bogeys, Sims shot a 73 Sunday and is at 1-over-par for the tournament, four shots clear of the rest of the field.
“The par on my last hole was important,” Sims said. “I was trying to make par or better and not lose any more strokes than I had already lost.”
Marijosse Navarro of San Antonio, is second at 5-over-par, while Montverde Academy's Xin Wang of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., is alone in third at 6-over-par.
Final-round tee times will run from 8:30 — 10:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Mission Inn Resort & Club's El Campeon. For more information about the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational, please contact tournament headquarters at (352) 324-3923.
About Montverde Academy
Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is a leading college preparatory, coeducational independent school serving grades PK3 through 12. The boarding program serves grades 7 through 12 and Post Graduate. Heading into its Centennial Celebration, Montverde Academy has a lot to celebrate, not the least of which is a global reputation for having one of the most compelling combinations of college prep-school education, enrichment and athletics.
Situated on a pristine 125-acre campus 20 miles from Orlando, Montverde Academy keeps getting better with age and features 100 percent college acceptance results. For instance, the Academy's world-class academic standards and state-of-the-art programming, highlighted by extensive Advanced Placement and Honors Courses, offers the new college-level Chen Family International Language Laboratory. Meanwhile, Montverde Academy's acclaimed athletics, led by a nationally ranked basketball program, now partners with the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.
Elsewhere, Montverde Academy's first-class facilities, featuring a World Championship Equestrian Center that specializes in Walking Horse/Hunter Jumper training, will be adding a new gem with the multi-million dollar, multi-sport athletic complex now under construction. For further information, please visit Montverde Academy's website at montverde.org.
About the AJGA
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.