MCMURRY HOLDS ONE-SHOT LEAD ENTERING FINAL ROUND AT WALNUT CREEK COUNTRY CLUB
Baker leads Girls Division by two at Medicus Preseason Junior at Walnut Creek
MANSFIELD, Texas — David McMurry of Ardmore, Okla., posted a 1-under-par 69 to lead the Boys Division after the first round of the Medicus Preseason Junior at Walnut Creek. Amanda Baker of Nanaimo, British Columbia, shot a 5-over-par 75 and holds a two-shot lead in the Girls Division at Walnut Creek Country Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Walnut Creek is a 36-hole stroke play event being held at Walnut Creek Country Club's Pecan Course. The tournament field consists of 53 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 23 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-70 course at 6,396 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,693 yards.
Beginning his round on hole No. 10, McMurry bogeyed his first two holes but made birdies on Nos. 12 and 17 to make the turn at even-par. McMurry, who has never led a tournament before, added two additional birdies on Nos. 5 and 7 to take a one-shot lead entering Sunday's final round.
“On the par-3 seventh hole, I was going to hit a hybrid, but decided to switch to a 4-iron. It really paid off because my shot landed inside 10 feet and I holed out for birdie,” McMurry said. “Tomorrow I'm going to keep doing what I did. I want to try to keep hitting the greens.”
One shot behind McMurry is Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., at even-par 70. In third is Michael Decker of Dallas at 2-over-par 72. Four boys are tied for fourth at 3-over-par 73, including Alexander Gutesha of Greenwood Village, Colo., Darren Whitehouse of Langley, British Columbia, Logan Waresback of Edmond, Okla., and Brian Jung of Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
In the Girls Division, 16-year-old Amanda Baker, a junior at Dover Bay High School, holds a two-shot lead entering the final round. Her lone birdie came on the par-3 seventh hole and believes her putting was key in the first round.
“I putted well. I made a lot of par saves,” Baker said. “I had a three-putt and then made a 30-foot putt for birdie.”
Behind Baker are Avery Sills of Portland, Ore., and Tarah Taylor of Mission Viejo, Calif. Both posted scores of 7-over-par 77.
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Final-round tee times for the Medicus Preseason Junior at Walnut Creek will run from 7:45-9:33 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Walnut Creek Country Club's Pecan Course. For more information on the Medicus Preseason Junior at Walnut Creek, please call Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2420.