BRANNAN LOOKING FOR FIRST AJGA WIN HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
Solberg holds a four-stroke-lead in Girls Division
ELVERSON, Pa.β Sean Brannan of Hollidaysburg, Pa., fired a 35-33-68
to card a tournament total of 138 Wednesday in the second round of the
CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior. In the Girls Division, an even-par
tournament total of 140 kept Lindsey Solberg of Verona, Wis., atop the
leaderboard by four strokes at French Creek Golf Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the
CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior is a 54-hole stroke-play
competition featuring 95 boys and girls from 21 states at French Creek
Golf Club. The Boys Division plays to a par-71 6,538 yards, while the
Girls Division plays to a par-70 5,248 yards.
Brannan hit all 18 greens in regulation and his solid iron play set
him up to make five birdies on the day, four of them on the back nine.
βOn the par-4 No. 12 I hit my second shot to four feet and made the
putt for birdie,β Brannan said, who also hit 11 fairways on the day. βI
also birdied No. 4 after hitting the fairway with my driver, a hybrid
wood to 90 yards, and putting a sand wedge to seven feet.β
Brannan had a few par saves during his low round day, one being on the par-3 fifth hole.
βThe hole was downwind so I hit a sand wedge,β Brannan said. βIt
bounced, hit the hole, leaped up and off the flagstick and rolled 20
feet away from the hole.β
This is the second time in two weeks that Brannan has been in the
lead headed into the final round and this time he plans to come away
with his first AJGA win.
βIt would mean a lot to me to win this tournament and my first AJGA
event,β Brannan said. βI am just going to try to play solid, hit all 18
greens in regulation again, and focus on my own game.β
Jeffrey Chen of Walnut, Calif., stands two strokes back in second
with a tournament total of 140, while Ajeetesh Sandhu of Bradenton,
Fla., is in third at 141. Tied for fourth with tournament totals of 142
are Jake An of Centreville, Va., Chris Rockwell of Owings Mills, Md.,
Amory Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Neal McCarty of Sierra Vista,
In the Girls Division, Solberg played a fairly consistent round, but said she felt she had to scramble to save par.
βOn No. 6 I pushed my drive into the rough, hit two bad shots out
and ended up in the bunker,β Solberg said. βI chipped out of the bunker
to six feet and made a left to right putt for the par save.β
Solberg has never won an AJGA title, but claimed it would be an honor to do so this week.
βTo win an AJGA title is always something I have wanted,β Solberg
said. βThey are great events that draw amazing competitors so it is a
great way to rate yourself and see how you rank against the junior
Andrea Watts of Lone Tree, Colo., is in second, four strokes back,
with a tournament total of 144, while Margaret Pentrack of Pittsburgh,
Pa., and Won Joo Choi of Temecula, Calif., stand tied for third with
tournament totals of 150.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind,
has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of
approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and
professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on
the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA
alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir,
Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung
and Paula Creamer.
The final round of the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior will be
Thursday at French Creek Golf Club with tee times starting at 7 a.m.
off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the CorseMax/Philadelphia
Runner Junior please contact Tournament Director Greg Smith at (678)