Chung Maintains Comfortable Lead at AJGA Girls Championship
Aubert shoots even par to sit two shots back at The Furman Golf Club
Greenville, S.C. — Defending champion Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., is looking to do the same thing she did last year at the AJGA Girls Championship — hold on to a 36-hole lead heading into the final round to win. After posting a second-round 2-over-par 74, she sits at 3-under-par for the tournament.
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Girls Championship is a 54-hole stroke play competition. The field features 78 girls from around the world. In all, 17 states are represented along with players from Canada, Japan, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. Competitors are playing the par-72 Furman Golf Club at 6,124 yards.
Chung, ranked No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings, recorded just one birdie on the day, coming on the par-5 sixth hole.
“I think it was a mental thing missing today,” the 15-year-old said. “I missed two birdie putts inside five feet on Nos. 13 and 18.”
With many players in position to contend, Chung plans on playing it safe Monday.
“I'm going to attack the par-5s because I know I can capitalize on them,” Chung said. “Fairways, greens and pars are the goal tomorrow. I think if I stay around even par I'll have a chance at winning.”
In second place is Shannon Aubert of Orlando, Fla., who sits two shots back at 1-under-par 143. Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu, sits at even par for the tournament and is alone in third while Rachel Dai of Suwanne, Ga., Lauren Coughlin of Chesapeake, Va., and Mariana Sims of Austin, all are tied for fourth at 1-over-par 145.
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Tee times for Monday's final round will run from 8 - 9:48 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Furman Golf Club. For more information regarding the AJGA Girls Championship, contact Tournament Director Julie Kickbusch at (770) 617-3050.