EDMONDSON JOINS MURRAY AT 10-UNDER-PAR TO LEAD AT PINE NEEDLES LODGE & GOLF CLUB
Green and Park take over Girls Division lead at Golf Pride Junior Classic
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — First-round co-leader Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C., continued his strong play in Wednesday's second round to finish at 10-under-par 132. Zach Edmondson of Morrisville, N.C., moved up into a tie for the lead after finishing the first round tied for fourth. Sharing the lead in the Girls Division are Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla., and Ri Hyang Park of Bluffton, S.C., at 1-over-par 143.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf Pride Junior Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The field features 75 boys and 23 girls, ages 12-18, from 19 states and China. The par-71 course is being played at 6,918 yards in the Boys Division and 6,090 yards in the Girls Division.
Although Murray may not have made three eagles like he did in the first round, he did make four birdies without any bogeys to shoot a second-round at 4-under-par 67.
“I didn't hit as many greens today so I was stuck scrambling for par a lot more, but I did make some 15 foot birdie putts,” Murray said. “There are birdies to be had out there and you can't get into trouble or you will make some bogeys pretty fast.”
Edmondson, who will be a freshman at East Carolina University this fall, attributes his second-round 6-under-par 65 to his precise iron game.
“My iron play was a lot better today as I hit 15 greens in regulation and was left with a lot of tap-in birdies,” Edmondson said. “Leading feels great and I'm trying to keep the nerves down but I can't worry about the other guys and I need to just play one shot at a time.”
First-round leader Michael McGowan of Southern Pines, N.C., is in third heading into Thursday's final round at 8-under-par 134. Joey Garber of Petoskey, Mich., is in fourth and sits at 7-under-par 135. Tied for fifth in the Boys Division at 4-under-par 138 are Jake Mondy of Blacksburg, Va., Larry Han of Raleigh, N.C. and Richard Fountain also of Raleigh.
Green has been tweaking her swing a lot in the past few weeks and it paid off when she carded a 4-under-par 67 in the second round.
“I made the putts today to save par and keep my momentum going,” Green said. “My driver was great today and I missed only one fairway. It's nice to go low and have some breathing room, but I need to definitely make my putts tomorrow to have a chance.”
Park's second round showed improvement over her first round with better ball striking and ability to keep the ball in play.
“I was hitting it better today with four birdies and five bogeys,” Park said. “I hit some great approach shots and my woods are usually good. My woods and my short game are key this week.”
Two strokes behind the leaders are first-round leader Allison Emrey of Charlotte, N.C., and Tezira Abe of Angleton, Texas., at 3-over-par 145.
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 final round for the Golf Pride Junior Classic will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Thursday, August 13. For more information contact Tournament Headquarters at 678-617-2427.
# AJGA #