CROMIE AND GOULET SLIP AHEAD AT JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT JACKSONVILLE
Pak stretches her lead at Camp Lejeune's Paradise Point - Gold Course
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — After two rain delays totaling 4-1/2 hours, Michael Cromie of Cary, N.C., and Julien Goulet of St-Roch de L'Achigan, Quebec, recorded second round totals of 3-under-par 69 to lead in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Shannon Pak of Kenner, La., had a repeat performance in the second round, carding another 3-over-par 75 to remain the leader.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Jacksonville is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Paradise Point — Gold Course. The 82-player field features players from 20 states and Canada. The course is being played at 6,885 yards in the Boys Division and 6,021 yards in the Girls Division.
Both boys leaders began the second round two strokes back from the lead, and both ended it with a one-stroke lead. Cromie finished with a birdie on No. 18, giving him a total of six on the day. He credited his iron play for his low score and said tomorrow he hopes to have fun and stay relaxed.
“I'm usually a solid ball striker, but this week my putting has been rock solid,” Cromie said. “Tomorrow's result all depends on my short game. If I'm in contention, I'm just going to do my best.”
Playing in his second tournament in the United States, Goulet had a birdie streak of his own, posting birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 7 en route to a front nine 3-under-par 33. The Quebec native took only 26 putts in the second round, bogeying only one hole, and said he looks forward to playing in the final group.
“This is my first lead in the United States,” Goulet said. “I feel good. I came here to win, and now I am in a great position to do that.”
Goulet said that the competition the AJGA provided is stronger than tournaments in Canada and he is looking forward to competing again.
Eli Juren of Austin, and John Varol of Weddington, N.C., are in third place with two-day totals of 3-under-par 141. Austin Cody of North Charleston, S.C., is alone in fifth place after posting a two-day score of 2-under-par 142.
In the Girls Division, 14-year-old Pak is still heading toward her first AJGA victory. She extended her lead to five strokes with a tournament total of 6-over-par 150. Today, on No. 5 she had a tap-in birdie after hitting the flagstick with a 4-iron from 180 yards.
“It feels good. I worked really hard today,” Pak said. “I'm going to review today's round and work to keep my short game like it is. I don't want to lose that.”
Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., and Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., are tied for second place with tournament totals of 155.
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.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
The final round of the Junior All-Star at Jacksonville will begin at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Paradise Point — Gold Course. For more information about the Junior All-Star at Jacksonville, contact Tournament Headquarters at (910) 451-5445 and ask for the AJGA.