BUICK JUNIOR OPEN PRESENTED BY GOLFWEEK
Spring Meadows Country Club
July 19 – 22, 2004
RANKIN RACES PAST FIELD TO TAKE SECOND ROUND LEAD
Truitt continues solid play
LINDEN, MICH. – Michigan native Billy Rankin followed his opening round 71, with a bogey free round of 69, to grab the second round lead at the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek. Carly Truitt of Marysville, Ohio, continued her good play this summer, shooting a 1-over-par 73, to take the lead of the Girls Division at 147.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek is a 54-hole stroke play tournament being held at Spring Meadows Country Club. The tournament features 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, from 16 states, including 38 Michigan natives. Now in its 20th year, the tournament is one of the longest-running events on the AJGA schedule.
Rankin of Traverse City, Mich., maneuvered around the course, hitting 10 fairways and 14 greens on his way to his 3-under-par second round. The sixteen-year old high school senior needed only 29 putts and has not had a three-putt on the week.
“I have hit the ball very solid and consistent the last two days,” Rankin explained. “If I can get my putter rolling tomorrow, I will be in contention to win this tournament.”
Rankin started the day with pars on his first four holes. On No. 5, he knocked his aproach shot into a greenside bunker, but managed to get up and down, draining a 50-foot par putt. He finished his front side with four more pars, for an even-par 36.
“The putt on No. 5 was huge,” Rankin said. “I had a downhill lie in the bunker and was just trying to get out of there with a bogey, but the putt just happened to go in.”
Rankin was able to card a back nine of 33, 3-under-par, with birdies on both par-5s, Nos. 11 and 15, and a birdie on the closing 18th hole, running in a 30-foot birdie putt.
Rankin’s best AJGA tournament finish is a tie for 21st at the 2003 Steel City Junior Classic.
Trailing Rankin, is first-round leader Andy Shiels of Rockford, Ill., who shot a second round score of 75 and sits at 2-under-par for the tournament. Also two strokes back at 142 are, Clark Klaasen of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Max Schechter of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Clayton Parkhill of Champaign, Ill., stands in fifth at 143, 1-under-par.
In the Girls Division, Truitt, coming off a second place finish at Midwest Junior Championship at Rich Harvest Links two weeks ago, got off to a hot start, making a birdie on the first hole on her way to a front nine 37.
“I played pretty solid today and didn’t make the mistakes that I made yesterday,” Truitt said. “I definitely hit the ball more solid and I made some putts that I missed yesterday.”
Truitt was able to record an even-par back nine 36, which included a double bogey and two birdies. After a double bogey on No. 14, she was able to make consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. On the par-5 15th, she reached the green in two shots, and went on to two putt for birdie. She then followed that up with a 15-foot birdie putt on hole No. 16.
Jordan Craig of Connellsville, Pa., who will play golf at the University of Texas this fall, trails the leader by two strokes with a tournament total of 149, after shooting a 74. Rounding out the top three is Katie Trachok of Pittsburgh Pa., who recorded a second round 73, and has a tournament total of 150.
The final round of the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek begins on Thursday at 7 a.m., off the first tee.
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.
For more information on the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek, please contact Tournament Director Allison Akin at (678) 227-9191.