KRING HAS ONE SHOT LEAD HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
Freeman takes control of Girls Division
Sugar Grove, Ill. — Kevin Kring of Springfield, Mo., carded a 4-over-par 76 for a two-day total of 148 and the second round lead in the Boys Division of the Fidelity Investments Junior Shootout at Rich Harvest. In the Girls Division, Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., fired a 1-over-par 74 for a tournament total of 159 and sole possession of first place.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior Shootout at Rich Harvest is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Rich Harvest Farms. The tournament features 81 boys and 18 girls, ages 12-18, from 22 states and Ontario, including 43 from Illinois.
Kring, 15, struggled through the Gold nine and began his round by carding bogeys on the first three holes. After a three-putt on hole No. 1 Gold, putting his second shot into a greenside bunker on hole No. 2 Gold, and hitting into a tree on hole No. 3 Gold, Kring was anxious to improve his round. A birdie on hole No. 4 Gold helped Kring get back on track and begin playing his true game.
“This is one of the hardest courses I will probably ever play, but it suits my game pretty well,” Kring said. “The key to playing well at Rich Harvest is hitting your long irons and driver straight and accurately.”
Kring's round consisted of a 38 on the Gold nine and a 38 on the Silver nine, which included three birdies and seven bogeys. Kring is looking forward to playing this challenging course once more and hopes his strategy to get his shots on the greens as quickly as possible improves his final round score.
Currently tied for second place with two-day totals of 149 are Bryan Blake of Westerville, Ohio, and Adam Hogue of Plymouth, Mich. Mike Ott of Highland Park, Ill., stands alone in fourth place with a tournament total of 151. Tied for fifth place are Andrew Ladwig of East Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jed Dirksen of Hampton, Iowa, with two-day totals of 153. Freeman, 17, became more familiar with the course and was much happier with her second-day score, which consisted of a 38 on the Gold nine and a 36 on the Silver nine. The key to Freeman's steady round was her accurate shots, which helped her hit 13 fairways and 12 greens.
“I played a lot smarter today than I did yesterday,” Freeman said. “I just hope to play the same game tomorrow and realize that if a par isn't possible, I should take a bogey and be happy with it.”
In the Girls Division, Meghna Bal of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Aimee Neff of Carmel, Ind., and Emily Mason of Highland, Calif., are in a three-way tie for second place with two-day totals of 164.
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 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, 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 begin off No. 1 Gold at 7 a.m. on Friday. For more information about the Fidelity Investments Junior Shootout at Rich Harvest, contact tournament headquarters at (630) 466-7610 and ask for the AJGA.