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Aurora Country Club
Aurora, Ill. • July 21 - 24

Savich sits 2-strokes ahead in Girls Division, leads the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora

AURORA, Ill. — Brenden Beeg of Littleton, Colo., sits at 72-69—141 to put him atop the leaderboard after Wednesday's second round of the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora. Milena Savich of Carmel, Ind., carded a 72-77—149 to keep the lead in the Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora is a 54-hole stroke play event being played at Aurora Country Club. The tournament field consists of 99 players, 75 boys and 24 girls, from 20 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,664 yards and the Girls Division at 6,079 yards.

Beeg carded birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 7, 8, 12 and 16 to help him achieve his low two-day total. He credits his success to his hot putter.

“My putting was amazing,” Beeg said. “I had good speed and overall I just stayed patient with it. I had the mind frame of if it went in then great, but if not oh well; most of the time they just went in.”

Staying relaxed and keeping his cool is Beeg's plan going into the final round.

“Tonight I am just going to mentally get ready to play,” Beeg said. “I played very consistent today, so I'm not worried about my game. It is all about your mentality.”

Tied for second are David Fink of Kailua, Hawaii and Jack Pennington of Eugene, Ore., both at 2-under-par 142. Standing alone in fourth at 1-under-par 143 is Shang Zhi of Bradenton Fla. In fifth sits Matt Kocolowski of Apopka, Fla., at even-par 144.

In the Girls Division, Tuesday's leader, Savich, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Michigan, got off to a strong start with a birdie on No. 3, helping her to a 1-under-par 35 for the front nine.

“No. 3 is a hard hole,” Savich said. “Being able to make that birdie today helped get me going this morning.”

Aside from her birdie on No. 3, Savich credits her lead to her commanding short game. Her ability to get up and down was what put her atop the leaderboard.

“The nines are so different,” Savich said. “On the front, I hit eight greens and missed every putt, but on the back I made so many putts.”

Two strokes behind Savich sits Pamela Burneski of Surrey, British Columbia, whose two-day total 7-over-par 151, puts her in second. Alexandra Lederhausen of Hinsdale, Ill., rounds out the top three at 9-over-par 153.

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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

Final-round tee times will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee Thursday. For more information about the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora please contact Tournament Headquarters at 630-892-3785 and ask for the AJGA.