NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT TOFTREES RESORT
Toftrees Resort & Four Star Golf Club
MILLER, KELLY LOCKED UP AT 1-OVER-PAR HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
Oh shoots 75, leads Girls Division by four strokes
The second installment of the Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The tournament features 92 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-15, from 21 states and
Miller, who began the day three strokes back at even par, struggled to a 2-over-par 38 on the front nine, but battled back with birdies at Nos. 13, 16 and 17 to shoot 35 on the back nine and force a tie at 145 with Kelly.
“I just wanted to play a steady round,” Miller said. “The hole locations were a little tougher today, so I just tried to pick my spots. It could have been lower – I played the par-5s pretty bad and you need to take advantage of them out here.”
Kelly found the going tougher in Wednesday’s second round after firing a first-round 69, but was able to hold on to a share of the lead and meet his goal of playing in Thursday’s final pairing.
“I put myself into some bad spots,” Kelly said. “I attacked the course today, playing aggressively just like I did yesterday, but the putts didn’t fall.
“I feel pretty confident going into the final round, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”
Both players will be vying for their first AJGA win. Miller’s previous best finish in an AJGA event came at the 2004 Solutions Consulting Junior Classic, where he tied for fourth, and Kelly placed 10th at last year’s Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort.
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In the Girls Division, Oh put herself in position to get her first win in an AJGA event, but hopes to perform better in Thursday’s final round.
“Today was kind of steady, but I don’t think I played as well as I could have,” Oh said. “Hopefully I’ll do better tomorrow. I’m playing fairways and greens and I’m going to try to shoot something in the low-70s.”
Oh finished third at last year’s Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort.
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“I’m hitting nice shots into greens but three-putts are killing me,” Sheary said. “I’ve made some bogeys where if I thought more I could have prevented them. I’m hoping to pull together tomorrow – I’ve got to make some birdies.”
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Final-round tee times begin Thursday at off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort, please contact tournament headquarters at (814) 238-6951.