Humphrey goes bogey-free to take sole possession of lead
Emrey new leader in Girls Division
PINEHURST, N.C. — Theo Humphrey of Greenwich, Conn., carded a 3-under-par 69 in the second round of the Golf Pride Junior Classic to stay in first place with a 7-under-par 137 tournament total. In the Girls Division, Allison Emrey of Charlotte, N.C., is now in the lead with a 1-under-par 143 tournament total.
The Golf Pride Junior Classic is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Forest Creek Golf Club's North Course. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and seven countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,120 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,016 yards.
Humphrey went bogey-free in the second round and finished with three birdies, which was aided by his ability to hit greens.
“My ball striking was really solid,” Humphrey said. “I hit 16 greens today. Hopefully tomorrow I can hit good shots, make putts, and come home with a victory.”
Anthony Alex of Wayne, N.J., carded a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 and is in second place with a 6-under-par 138 tournament total. Dylan Siebenaler of Sugar Land, Texas, is in third with a 5-under-par 139. Connor Walters of Salem, Va., is in fourth with a 4-under-par 140 and tied in fifth place are Christian Cichan and Philip Oweida, both of Charlotte, N.C., at 1-under-par 143.
Emrey, who is playing in her final AJGA event, was even-par on the front nine, but 2-under-par on the back nine after a birdie on the final hole.
“On No. 18, I went over the green in two and put it pretty close with a flop shot for my third shot, then made the putt,” she said. “It was pretty cool to end with a birdie.”
Jessica Hoang of North Augusta, S.C., is two strokes behind in second at 1-over-par 145. Tied for third place are Thanya Pattamakijsakul of Nonthaburi, Thailand, and McKenzie Talbert of Edgefield, S.C., at 2-over-par 146.
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