OSSO JUNIOR AT OAK TREE
Oak Tree Country Club, East Course
June 23-26, 2003
KNOLL CATCHES JONES AFTER SECOND ROUND
AT OAK TREE Three deadlocked at top of Boys Division
EDMOND, Okla. - Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas
pulled into a first-place tie with Lacey Jones of Idabel,
Okla. at 7-over-par 147 after the second round of the OSSO
Junior at Oak Tree on Wednesday.
In the Boys Division, Zac Reynolds of Edmond, Okla., Robby
Ormand of Austin, Texas, and Trey Todd of Abilene, Texas,
ended the second round with matching scores of 3-over-par
The 54-hole competition, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, is being played at the Oak Tree Country
Club, East Course. The field consists of 145 players representing
14 states, including 58 players from the state of Texas. The
tournament contains two divisions consisting of boys and girls,
ages 13 to 18.
Knoll, who began the day one shot behind Jones, opened her
round with a 1-over-par 36 on the front nine, including birdies
on the sixth and ninth. On the back nine, Knoll only recorded
one birdie and carded a double bogey on the 16th, which played
as the hardest hole on the course.
"I had a few bad holes," Knoll said about her second
round. "That's kind of the way it goes. It wasn't good.
It wasn't bad."
Knoll also said finishing her round strong would be critical
in the final round.
Jones, like Knoll, had issues finishing her round strong and
didn't capitalize on a fantastic start. Five holes into her
first nine, Jones was 3-under-par with birdies at Nos. 11,
12 and 14. However, she followed that stretch with bogeys
on the 15th and 16th holes and a double bogey on the 18th.
She closed her first nine at even-par 35, and she continued
to falter on the front nine. Consecutive bogeys on the fifth
through the eighth led to a 5-over-par 40.
"I expected to come in and be at least four out (of the
lead)," Jones said. "I played well on my first nine,
and just couldn't keep it together. Then I came to my back
nine and I just couldn't get it in the hole."
Knoll and Jones, tied with a score of 7-over-par 147, will
be paired in the final Girls Division group with Ali Griffin
of Edmond, Okla. Griffin, who came into the second round seven
shots off the pace, roared to the front by shooting a 1-under-par
69. It was the first subpar score in the Girls Division. Griffin
stands alone in third with an 8-over-par 148.
In the Boys Division, Reynolds went out early and set the
pace for the field to follow. He shot an even-par 35 on his
first nine, the back nine. Then, two birdies on the front
nine propelled him to a 1-under-par 34 Wednesday.
"I didn't hit it all that great, but I got around in
69," Reynolds said. "I made some great putts. It's
good I scored a 69 when I wasn't hitting it well."
Ormand's round was not nearly as smooth as Reynolds.' Ormand,
who started on the back nine, picked up a triple bogey on
the 16th, which added to his 5-over-par 40. However, after
making the turn, he quickly responded with a bogey-free final
nine holes. Birdies on Nos. 2, 7 and 9, his closing hole,
resulted in a 3-under-par 32.
"(The front nine) was huge especially coming off the
40," Ormand said. "To be able to come out here and
shoot 3-under on this course, on any nine is very good golf.
It's going to be big going into (Thursday) having this much
confidence going off this course with 3-under."
Todd started his round slowly as he bogeyed his first three
holes, the 10th through the 12th, but he had little trouble
later in the round. Despite scoring a 2-over-par 37 on his
first nine holes, he fired an even-par 35 on the front nine.
"I'm just trying to make my grandma proud," Todd
said. "That's one of my goals for the week. I'm just
having fun right now."
Todd is playing in his second-to-last AJGA event, and as for
his plans in the final round, Todd said: "You can't play
in the dirt without getting dirty."
Kevin Schultz of Richardson, Texas, fired a 5-over-par 75
for a two-day total of 147 and is in fourth place, four shots
back of the leaders. Shane Sirotiak of San Antonio, Texas,
Jordan Cook of Edmond, Okla., and Austin Welch of The Woodlands,
Texas, sit in fifth place, five shots back of the leaders
with two-day totals of 8-over-par 148.
Play was delayed because of inclement weather for an hour
on Wednesday. The delay lasted from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m.
The final round of the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree will consist
of two waves of tee times from the first and 10th tees. The
first starts at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9:09 a.m. The second
wave will begin at noon and conclude at 1:39 p.m. For more
information on the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree, call tournament
headquarters at (405) 330-9545.
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