CHOI SHOOTS 67 TO EXTEND LEAD IN GIRLS DIVISION AFTER SECOND ROUND
Three tied for the lead in Boys Division heading into final round
HUMBLE, Texas — Won Joo Choi of Temecula, Calif., shot a 5-under-par 67 to widen her lead to eight shots after the second round of the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Boys Division tightened up as Cory Whitsett of Houston, Brett Spencer of Plano, Texas, and John Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas, each posted a two-round total of 4-under-par 140 heading into the final round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship is being held on The Jacobsen Hardy Course at Redstone Golf Club. The par-72 course is set up at 7155 yards for the Boys Division and 6008 yards for the Girls. The tournament field consists of 62 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18 from 12 different states. The field includes six Rolex Junior All-Americans and 68 Texas residents.
Coming off a first-round 4-under-par 68, Choi, 16, continued her torrid pace in round two. Starting on the back nine, Choi birdied her first hole of the day. She would add another birdie on No. 17. In addition, she recorded three birdies on the front nine, for a 5-under-par 67. Choi's two-round total of 9-under-par 135 gives her an eight-stroke lead going into the final round. Choi said that solid ball striking has led to her low scores this week.
“I think quality shots has been the key to my play this week,” Choi said. “You have to be accurate to get close to the flagstick, and shoot low scores.”
Lisa McCloskey of Montgomery, Texas, is eight shots off the pace with a two-round total of 1-under-par 143. Sarah Zwartynski of Allen, Texas, and Tanya Wadhwa of Bradenton, Fla., are 10 shots off the lead with a two-round total of 1-over-par 145.
In the Boys Division, Whitsett, 14, recorded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15. He added two birdies and a bogey on the front nine, and finished with a 3-under-par 69. Whitsett said that his all-around game was solid on Wednesday.
“I hit the driver really well, and I hit my irons really solidly,” Whitsett said. “The putting was really good the front nine, but I kind of struggled with my putting on the back side. Fortunately, I hit a few close on the back nine to make a few birdies.”
Peterson, 17, recorded three birdies on the back nine, and five birdies for the entire round. He finished with a 3-under-par 69. Peterson said that he needs to continue to hit the ball solidly to win the tournament.
“I think to win out here you have to hit the ball well, tee to green,” Peterson said. “The first round I hit a couple of balls in the hazard. You can't do that out here. If you hit a couple of balls in the hazard, it can lead to 73 easy. So, I'll try to keep it in the fairway, and I'll be fine.”
Spencer, 17, started his round on the back side and recorded three birdies in his first five holes. Overall, he recorded four birdies on the back side, and shot even par on the front side for a 4-under-par 68. Spencer said that putting will be the key to his play tomorrow.
“I need to make putts,” Spencer said. “Everybody in the last few groups hits it good enough to win. It's all about who can make the putts at the right time. Hopefully, I can make the putts at the right time.”
Jonathan Khan of Tucson, Ariz., stands at 3-under-par 141 through two rounds, and is one shot behind the leaders. Eric Durbin of Houston, Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, Jamey Taylor of Friendswood, Texas, and Adam Wennerstrom of Austin, Texas, are three shots off the pace with a two-round total of 1-under-par 143.
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 a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 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 enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Candie Kung, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.
Final-round tee times will run from 7-8:57 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 on The Jacobsen Hardy Course. For more information on the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship, please call tournament headquarters at (281) 459-7800.