BURGETT H. MOONEY, JR. ROME CLASSIC
Coosa Country Club
Rome, Ga. • July 31 - August 3
TWO EAGLES HELP WYATT GAIN SECOND-ROUND LEAD
ROME, Ga. — Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., took a second-round lead in the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic after eagling two holes and birding three. Hannah Yun of Bradenton, Fla., carried her first-round lead into Wednesday's second round to increase her lead to two stokes in the Girls Division.
The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is a 54-hole event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Coosa Country Club. The tournament features 98 players representing 13 states and Canada with 30 from the host state of Georgia. The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is one of the AJGA's longest running tournaments and is returning to Coosa Country Club for its seventh year in a row. While the Boys Division par is 70, the Girls Division par for the course is 71.
Finishing the day at 5-under-par 65 to go six under for the tournament, Wyatt sits atop the Boys Division by one stroke. Tied for 12th after first-round play, Wyatt knew he had some work to accomplish to make it to the top.
“I just came in trying to shoot a good score,” Wyatt said. “I wanted to get myself in contention to win the tournament.”
With 18 holes to play, Wyatt said he is aiming for a good performance to help secure a top five finish.
“My ultimate goal is to win the tournament,” Wyatt said. “If I can't win, a top five finish would be nice.”
After two rounds of play, a four-way tie for second consists of Bobby Bode of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., William Kropp of Edmond, Okla., Wesley Graham of Port Orange, Fla., and T.J. Mitchell of Albany, Ga., all with scores of 5-under-par 135.
Yun finished the day with three birdies and 10 pars to lead the Girls Division by two strokes. Yun bounced back and forth with birdies and bogies on the front nine while her tee shots were what helped with her low two-day total.
“Today, I had a little bit of trouble on everything,” Yun said. “Although, my drives were better today than yesterday.”
Heading into Thursday's final round, Yun said she is not going to get ahead of herself and has a goal of playing a safe game of golf.
“I'm going to try to make some more pars and birdies,” Yun said. “I'm going for the safe side so I get in less trouble.”
Rounding out the Girls Division, two strokes behind Yun is Tia Gannon of Hilton Head Island, S.C., with a score of 142. Zakiya Randall of Atlanta, stands alone in third with a two day score of 1-over-par 143.
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 an annual 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, which is in its third decade of support, 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 compiles more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The final round of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will be held Thursday, August 3 at Coosa Country Club beginning at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information please contact tournament headquarters at (706) 238-8924.