NEW COURSE RECORDS FIRED AT LANGDON FARMS GOLF CLUB
Whitsett, Brown leave marks on Nike Golf Junior Championship with 7-under-par 64s
AURORA, Ore. — Cory Whitsett of Houston, has taken a commanding seven-stroke lead after firing a 36-hole total of 129 in the Boys Division going into Sunday's final round at the Nike Golf Junior Championship. Sarah Brown of Stewartsville, N.J., went 74-64-138 to lead the Girls Division by two strokes at Langdon Farms Golf Club.
The Nike Golf Junior Championship is a 54-hole Championship, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, at Langdon Farms Golf Club. The 72-player field boasts juniors from 21 state, Canada, Japan and Mexico. The Nike Golf Junior Championship is the final event of the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series. The Nike Golf Junior Championship features the top-5 boys and top-3 girls from the past 10 Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series events.
Whitsett's first-round 64 is the new competitive course record at Langdon Farms Golf Club. Whitsett said the low two-day total and new course record is enough to make his day.
“The news is good to hear, makes me feel good,” Whitsett said. “It was one of those rounds where everything came together.”
Heading into the final round, Whitsett said his goal is to shoot low and aim for the greens.
“I would like to break 200, that would be a sweet way to end the summer,” Whitsett said. “I want to hit more greens, that's how I did so well today.”
Rounding out the Boys Division in second is Jordan Rumora of Houston, seven strokes back with a 136. Byeong-hun An of Seongnam, South Korea, stands alone in third place with a two-round total of 5-under-par 137. Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash., is in fourth at 3-under-par 139. Tied for fifth with scores of 141 are Thomas Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, Conn., and Sam Smith of Turlock, Calif.
Carding a personal low-round score of 7-under-par 64, Brown had seven birdies on the day en route to leaderboard honors. The new course record was news to Brown but music to her ears.
“I'm surprised to hear but excited,” Brown said. “I wanted to shoot 67 or better and now I have my new personal record.”
At four under heading into the back nine, Brown said she was just trying to keep herself calm.
“It wasn't hard, but it was definitely nerve-racking,” Brown said.
Rounding out the Girls Division tied for second are Ani Gulugian and Victoria Sungmin Park, both of Irvine, Calif., with a 36-hole total of 2-under-par 140.
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 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.
Final-round tee times will run from 8-9:48 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Langdon Farms Golf Club. For more information about the Nike Golf Junior Championship, please contact tournament headquarters at 503-678-4653, ext. 105.