AJGA JUNIOR CHALLENGE
Oak Valley Golf Club
Beaumont, Calif. •
August 8 - 11
BEAUMONT, Calif. --
results from the AJGA Junior Challenge conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Valley Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6982. Rating: 73.7. Slope: 140 Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6080. Rating: 76.1. Slope: 136
Dou, Lee and Angard taking it deep at Oak Valley Golf Club Esther Lee fires 67 to move into three-way tie atop Girls Division
BEAUMONT, Calif. — Zecheng Dou of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., John Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., and Alex Angard of Encino, Calif., vaulted into the lead in the Boys Division at the AJGA Junior Challenge at Oak Valley Golf Club, all sitting at 4-under-par 140. Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., and Chieh Peng of Shenzhen, China, sit atop a crowded Girls Division leaderboard at 3-under-par 141.
The AJGA Junior Challenge is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. The tournament field features 102 boys and 42 girls from seven states and ten countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,982 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,080 yards.
Dou hit all nine greens on his front nine Wednesday, contributing to five birdies in his first 13 holes.
“I was hitting my irons well on the front nine, but struggled a bit on the back,” Dou said. “That is something that I will be able to work on heading into tomorrow.”
Angard has dominated the par 5's this week and looks to maintain his aggressive attitude.
“I've played the par 5's in 5-under-par thus far,” Angard said. “The hole locations have gotten progressively more difficult, but I look to keep my momentum going.”
John Lee hit a roadblock in the middle of his round, bogeying three consecutive holes, but was able to rebound and birdie three of his final six.
“My putting is really what carried me through the round,” said Lee, who needed only 12 putts to navigate the back nine.
Tied for fourth at 3-under-par 141 are Shearn Chua of Beaumont, Calif., and Luke Park of Fullerton, Calif.
John's sister, Esther, came out of the gate strong making three birdies and an eagle en route to a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine. She credited her second-round comeback to a little assistance from her father this morning.
“I spent some time working on my putting with my dad, and was able to make most everything I looked at today,” Lee said. “The only short putt I missed was a three-footer on No. 8, but was able to follow it up with an eagle on my final hole of the day.”
Amy Lee, fresh off her win at the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior Open last week, continued her steady play today posting a 2-under-par 70. Lee will be looking to replicate last week where she delivered a final-round 66.
“I didn't have a great ball-striking day,” Lee said. “But my putting was able to keep me in the tournament.”
Also tied for the lead at 3-under-par 141 after the second round is Chieh Peng. Peng spends her summers training at Oak Valley Golf Club and feels her local knowledge is a huge asset this week.
“It can be tough to see subtle breaks on this course,” Peng said. “Being able to play here on a regular basis is a big advantage.”
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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.