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HERITAGE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Berkeley Hall Club
Bluffton, S.C. • June 15 - 18
 

DEFENDING CHAMPION SOBEL TAKES SECOND-ROUND LEAD AT BERKELEY HALL

Stephens blisters course with a 4-under-par 68 to lead the Girls Division

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Defending champion Zachery Sobel of Clearwater Beach, Fla., carded a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday to break away and take the Boys Division lead after the second round of the Heritage Junior Championship. In the Girls Division, Haley Stephens of Greer, S.C., fired a 4-under-par 68 to lead the field by four strokes heading into Thursday’s final round.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Heritage Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at the Berkeley Hall – South Course. The tournament field consists of 58 boys and 21 girls, ages 14 to 18 from 14 states, Canada and Argentina. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 7,056 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,226 yards.

Entering the round in third place after an opening-round 2-under-par 70, Sobel managed to keep his game steady, carding three birdies and one bogey en route to a two-day total of 4-under-par 140. Sobel, who will attend The Ohio State University in the fall, said it was only an average day in his opinion, something he hoped to improve upon during the final round.

“My short game was solid, but nothing else was really spectacular out there today,” Sobel said. “I basically just hit my greens, two-putted all day long and managed to get up and down when I did miss.”

In a four-way tie for second place after carding two-day totals of 2-under-par 142 are Alex Dienes of Jacksonville, Fla., Christian Humber of Fayetteville, Ga., Pete Kellermann of Jacksonville, Fla., and Wesley McClain of Diboll, Texas.

In the Girls Division, Stephens started her day off of No. 10 with two birdies on the back nine. She then caught fire on her inward nine with three more, giving her a front and back nine score of 33-35.With a two-day total of 4-under-par 140, Stephens said it was her solid putting game that kept her in contention.

“I was hitting a ton of greens today and rolled in some putts when I needed to,” Stephens said. “Tomorrow I will probably play conservatively and just try to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place after carding a second-round, 1-over-par 73 is Collins Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., with a two-day total of even-par 144. One stroke back in third place is Kendall Wright of Suwanee, Ga., at 1-over-par 145.

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 50 states and more than 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 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 Heritage Junior Championship will run from 7:30 - 9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Berkeley Hall – South Course. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Greg Sanfilippo at (678) 936-0163.