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Traditions Club at Texas A&M
Bryan, Texas • April 9 - 12



Alexis Thompson returns to defend her title at The Traditions Club at Texas A&M

BRYAN, Texas —Curtis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., carded a 72-71 – 143 and will head into the final round with a one-stroke lead in the Boys Division at the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions. His sister, Alexis Thompson, carded a 72-74 – 146 to take a one-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round.


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. The tournament field consists of 132 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 22 states and four foreign countries (Mexico, Canada, Thailand and Colombia). The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,072 yards and was cut to the low 42 and ties. The Girls Division is being played at 6,159 yards and was cut to the low 18 and ties.


Curtis Thompson, 16, returns this year with a fresh perspective and a stronger game after finishing 12th in last year’s event. He birdied on Nos. 2, 3, 15 and 18 for a strong finish today.


“On this course, it’s always a short iron shot in,” Curtis said.  “I’m a lot stronger this year so I am able to hit those shots that I wasn’t able to last year.”


Going into the final round, Curtis said he is playing a game against himself.


“I always play to chase down the leader,” Curtis said. “I think of them as always being two strokes in front of me and tomorrow I will have the same mindset. I’ve just got to stay calm out there.”


Brenden Redfern of Austin, Texas, is in second with a 36-hole score of 144. Curtis Reed of Castroville, Texas, and Chris Worrell of Enid, Okla., both shot 2-over-par 146 and are in third. Rounding out the top five are Alex Carpenter of Little Rock, Ark., and Jordan Spieth of Dallas, at 3-over-par 147.


In the Girls Division, Alexis Thompson, 14, is the defending champion after winning by five shots in 2008. Like her brother Curtis, she approached her game today conservatively to combat the inconsistent weather conditions.


“When there’s wind I play safe and just try to make pars,” Alexis said. “I don’t go for the tucked pins. Today I hit the greens where there was no trouble.”


Although pitching is one of Thompson’s strengths, her putting today carded her three birdies on Nos. 6, 13 and 15. She made a seven-foot putt on No. 13 and sunk a 15-footer on No. 15, giving her the edge in the Girls Division heading into tomorrow’s final round.


Rounding out the Girls Division in second place is Marika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif., carding a two-round total of 3-over-par 147. Erynne Lee, of Silverdale, Wash., and Alexandra Stewart of Peoria, Ariz., are tied for third at 4-over-par 148.


On Easter Sunday, the brother-sister tandem are looking to share the top spot on the leaderboard. Curtis referenced that sharing the spotlight with his sister is a special feeling. Earlier this year, they both won the Verizon Junior Heritage. Curtis said regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, he is glad to share this moment with his sister.


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 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 for the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions will run from 8 – 9:40 a.m., off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Courtney Jones at (678) 617-9406.