CAULEY CONTINUES TO LEAD IN HIS FINAL NIKE GOLF JUNIOR EVENT
Morris takes a 2-shot lead in Girls Division
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. â€” Amidst the brilliant sunshine and waving American flags on the tee grounds, Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, Fla., shot a second-round 71 to maintain a one-shot lead with a tournament total of 69-71â€”140 in the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville. Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif., shot a solid even-par 72 to take a 2-shot lead in the Girls Division with a two-round total of 74-72â€”146.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville is one of nine tournaments on the 2005 Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series schedule and highlights 70 of the nation's best junior golfers. The 54-hole event is being played on the Gold Course at Paradise Pointâ€”the oldest 18-hole golf course in the Marine Corps. The field features junior golfers from 20 states, including 15 from the state of North Carolina.
Carding his second sub-par round, Cauley made three birdies and one eagle to keep him atop the leaderboard.
â€śI made an eagle on No. 6 and toward the end I was really playing decent,â€ť said Cauley. â€śI knew this was my last tournament, and I just want to go out and make birdies tomorrow.â€ť
Alexander Sitompul of Bradenton, Fla., fired a 4-under-par 68 to move into second with a tournament total of 73-68â€”141. Tripp Mcallister of Lake City, S.C. also shot a 4-under-par 68 for third at 74-68â€”142. Drew Page of Waynesville, N.C., shot a 70-73â€”143, good for fourth place. Rounding out the top five are Blake Redmond of Sugar Land, Texas, and Dane Voss of Jonesborough, Tenn., both with tournament totals of 73-71â€”144.
Thirteen-year-old Morris said it was the 20-yard chip-in for birdie on her third hole that gave her the confidence to continue scoring well throughout the day.
â€śI was playing solidâ€”hitting most of my greens and making par,â€ť said Morris. â€śTomorrow, I need to keep hitting my greens and giving myself the chance for birdies.â€ť
First-round leader Cheyenne Woods of Phoenix, fell to second with a two-round total of 73-75â€”148, and Louisa Yang of Suwanee, Ga., moved into the top-three with a total of 76-75â€”151.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(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 a 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 enters 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Final-round tee-times will run from 7:30-9:09 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Paradise Point â€” Gold Course. For more information on the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (910) 451-5445.