TAYLOR TAKES LEAD HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND AT SPRING CREEK GOLF CLUB
Sritragul continues to hold Girls Division lead at Junior All-Star at Spring Creek
GORDONSVILLE, Va. — Moving up one spot to lead the Boys Division after Tuesday's second round is Julian Taylor of Greenville, S.C., carding a 1-under-par 71 to lead by one stroke. Paveenuch Sritragul of Bangkok, Thailand, leads the Girls Division after shooting a 2-over-par 74.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Spring Creek is a 54-hole stroke-play event with a 36-hole cut held at Spring Creek Golf Club. The field is made up of 97 boys and 32 girls, ages 12-15, from 23 states, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,675 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 5,796 yards.
After a 2-under-par 34 on his first-nine, Taylor eagled his 10th hole to move him further under par.
“I made that eagle after I hit my 9-iron past the hole and it spun back in,” Taylor said. “I hit a lot of greens and hit my irons well but I need to be more consistent on the tee.”
In a three-way tie for second are Meechai Padungsiriseth of Bradenton, Fla., Hank Lebioda of Winter Springs, Fla., and Stanhope Johnson Jr. of Greensboro, N.C., at 2-under-par 142. In a four-way tie for fifth are Kyle Kochevar of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Jonathan DiIanni of Kernersville, N.C., Sean Elliott of Westfield, N.J., and Trevor Times of Williamsburg, Va., who sit two strokes off the lead at even-par 144.
Sritragul bogeyed her first hole but was able to card three more birdies during her round and sits at 2-under-par 142 for the tournament.
“I was hitting shots in close to the pins but my putting wasn't that good,” Sritragul said. “I need to improve my driving accuracy but tomorrow I just want to play the best I can.”
In second for the Girls Division is Irina Paulin Gabasa of Cebu, Philippines, who carded an even-par 72 in her second round for a total of 4-over-par 148. Rounding out the Girls Division in third is Jacqueline Shelly of Fernandina Beach, Fla., who posted a
5-over-par 149 total.
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 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series is a collection of nine events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15 and presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into Open tournaments. Juniors are limited to a maximum combination of five AJGA Open and Junior All-Star Series events during a calendar year. The series concludes with the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, a full-time junior golf training and development program, enters its first year as an Official Partner of the AJGA. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and the naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series, which will provide juniors access to national competitive golf opportunities.
Final-round tee times for the Junior All-Star at Spring Creek will run from 8 — 9:39 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Spring Creek Golf Club. For more information please contact Tournament Director Greg Sanfilippo at 678-936-0163.
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