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Cyprian Keyes Golf Club
Boylston, Mass. • July 25 - 28

Leclair takes lead with final round looming at Fidelity Investments Junior Classic

BOYLSTON, Mass. — Bryan Alred of Woodstock, Ga., Ren Han of Richmond, British Columbia, and Daniel Mayer of Winter Park, Fla., are tied for the lead in the Boys Division at 2-over-par 146 after the second round of the Fidelity Investments Junior Classic. Bethany Leclair of Scottsdale, Ariz., scored a 3-over-par 75 in the second round to lead the Girls Division with a 5-over-par 149.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior Classic is being held at the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club. Eighty-four junior golfers from 19 states, British Columbia and Ontario, including 18 participants from Massachusetts, are competing in the 54-hole stroke play event.

Alred said he finished the second round thinking he left some shots out on the course, despite having the Boys Division second-round low score with a 2-under-par 70, adding to his first-round score of 76 to tie for the lead.

“It could have been a lot deeper,” Alred said. “I hit every par 5 in two shots, except one — No. 10. I didn't have any eagles, though.”

Accuracy off the tee helped jump Han from tied for second place after the first round to tied for the lead at 2-over-par 146 after the second round. He said his driving was what helped him in the second round, but thought he was playing consistently, especially with his long irons.

“My tee shots were good — I hit a lot of fairways,” Han said. “I thought I played just as well as yesterday, but I made three birdies with long-iron shots.

Mayer said he is also playing consistently. He shot 1-over-par 73 in both the first and second rounds and posted three birdies in each round.

“Today I didn't hit as many greens, but I got up and down really well and putted pretty good,” Mayer said. “My ball striking wasn't there today like it was yesterday. Yesterday, I was striking the ball really good, but wasn't putting the greatest. But on this course, these are two good scores.”

Tied in fourth place after two rounds are Evan Harmeling of North Reading, Mass., and Joe Monte of Chantilly, Va., with 3-over-par 147s.

Leclair posted a 5-over-par 149 two-day total to lead the Girls Division. She said she played the back nine of the course, her first nine holes, better today at a 1-under-par 35.

“On the back nine, I was making everything,” Leclair said. “But on the front nine, I started missing all the greens and missing putts. I was hitting the ball solid, but just using the wrong club.”

She said she is going to try to play the final round with the same mentality she had during the first two rounds.

“I didn't think about scores,” she said. “I'm just going to go out and play against the course and try to hit fairways and greens.”

Mia Kabasakalis of Alameda, Calif., and Brittany Altomare of Shrewsbury, Mass., are tied for second place in the Girls Division with 7-over-par 151s.

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 a junior 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.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

Final-round tee times will run Thursday from 7:30 - 9:27 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 10 tees.

For more information about the Fidelity Investments Junior Classic, call tournament headquarters at (508) 869-9900.