RINGGOLD TELEPHONE COMPANY JUNIOR CLASSIC
WindStone Golf Club
June 7-10, 2004
WITCHER AND NELSON TIED FOR LEAD AT WINDSTONE
RINGGOLD, Ga. – Brent Witcher of Duluth, Ga., fired a 3-under-par 67, and Brad Nelson of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., shot 71 Wednesday to notch a two-way tie for the lead at 137 after two rounds of the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic. In the Girls Division, Catherina Wang of Sarasota, Fla., did not flirt with the record books again, but her second-round 74 was good enough to secure a one-stroke lead heading into Thursday’s final round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke-play event is being held at WindStone Golf Club and features 99 of the nation’s top junior golfers from 15 states. Highlighting the field are nine Rolex Junior All-Americans, including defending champion Ben Spickard of Roswell, Ga.
Witcher, who set the low mark for the day, said minimizing mistakes was the key to his round.
“(Tuesday) I hit good shots and bad shots, and today I just tried to eliminate the bad,” Witcher said. “I tried to be more consistent off the tee because it’s important on this course.”
Nelson, who shot a 4-under-par 66 in Tuesday’s first round, lasered his second shot to three inches from the hole on No. 16 to make birdie and reach 3-under-par for the tournament.
First-round leader Thomas Hugghins of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., carded a 73 for a tournament total of 138, one stroke behind the leaders.
“I finished hitting the ball well so I have confidence going into tomorrow,” Hugghins said.
Brent Cooper of Valley Head, Ala., shot a 1-under-par 69 for a tournament total of 139. Five players are locked in a tie for fifth place at even-par 140.
In the Girls Division, Wang, whose 7-under-par 63 in Tuesday’s first round set the women’s course record, came back to the field in the second round after struggling with her putting.
“I had some trouble getting a feel for the greens today,” Wang said. “I had a hard time adjusting, but I think my position is better because I’ll just have to work harder, play better and not take anything for granted.”
Amber Davis of East Point, Ga., who began the day trailing Wang by five strokes, carded an even-par 70 to close to within one stroke of the lead with a tournament total of 138.
"I just tried to relax and not put too much pressure on myself today,” Davis said. “I’ve never been playing potentially for first in an AJGA event, so I’m not even going to think about that when I play tomorrow.”
Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., fired a 1-under-par 69 and is four shots back with a tournament total of 141.
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 has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
Final round tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (706) 935-4355.
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