NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT COLONIAL
PRESENTED BY MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU

Colonial Country Club
Jackson, Miss. • June 5 - 8
 

MCCONNELL HOLDS A TWO STROKE LEAD AT COLONIAL AFTER SECOND ROUND
Beeler takes charge at her first American Junior Golf Association tournament, leads all girls

JACKSON, Miss. — Paul McConnell of Garland, Texas, and Brooke Beeler of Butler, Ill., continue to occupy the top spots of the Boys and Girls Division leaderboards at the Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau. Respectively, the two leaders fired a 3-under-par 69 and even-par 72, in Wednesday's second round.

The Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the AJGA at Colonial Country Club in Jackson, Miss. The 80-player field boasts juniors from 19 states and South Korea. The Nike Golf Junior All-Star series allows players ages 12-15 to develop their skills and earn entry into other AJGA tournaments.

McConnell carded four birdies en route to a 3-under-par 69, including a birdie on the first and last holes. Going into the final round, McConnell has a tournament total of 139.

“Today I got off to a good start by birding the first hole,” said McConnell, who also took part in the 2005 Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau. “The birdie on No. 8 really got me going because it put me 3-under. I feel good and I just need to keep it up tomorrow. I'll work on my putting and chipping tonight.”

Sam Braver of Roswell, Ga., currently sits in second place, two shots back with a 141. Tied for third with a matching tournament total of 142 are Bloomington, Ill., native Kyle English and Will Ovenden of Spartanburg, S.C. Rounding out the top five with tournament totals of 145, is Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., Devin Patel of Celebration, Fla. and Travis Ralph of Redington Beach, Fla.

Beeler, who is competing in her first AJGA tournament, tallied an even par 72 during the second round. She currently has a 146 tournament total and is seven strokes ahead of the competition.

“This is awesome to be leading,” Beeler said. “Everything is going great for me. Today I had one bad putt, that's it. My short game needs a little work, but overall I am pleased with my performance.”

Mary Michael Maggio, a Conway, Ark., native, jumped into second place with a 3-over-par 75 performance on Wednesday, giving her a tournament total of 153. One stroke behind Maggio in third place is Birmingham, Ala., native, Betsy Birchall. Birchall shot a 78 on Wednesday, putting her at 154 for the tournament.

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 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 drive 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.

The final round will be a 7:30 a.m. start on the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Colonial Country Club on Thursday. For more information about the Nike Junior at Colonial presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau, please contact tournament headquarters at 601-956-8567, or visit the AJGA website at ajga.org.


 
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Weekly Results
AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala - Marion Sports Commission
Boys
Total
1
Austin Hitt
141
T
2
Tyler Strafaci
142
T
2
Luis Gerardo Garza
142
Girls
Total
1
Emma Albrecht
144
2
Taylor Tomlinson
147
T
3
Gabriela Coello
148
T
3
Amy Zhang
148
T
3
Kaeli Jones
148
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
131
2
Zach Norris
136
T
3
Will Chandler
139
T
3
Brian Clark
139
Girls
Total
1
Sophia Schubert
132
2
Angella Then
142
3
Kimberlee Tottori
145
AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper
Boys
Total
T
1
Braden Thornberry
142
T
1
Trey Winstead
142
T
1
Davis Baxter
142
Girls
Total
1
Mia Ayer
144
2
Jiayu Kong
145
3
Klara Castillo
148
Lockton / Samsung Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Kory Franks
144
T
2
Andrew Beckler
145
T
2
Aaron DeNucci
145
Girls
Total
1
Amy Matsuoka
141
T
2
Alison Chang
148
T
2
Anabelle Chang
148
Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic
Boys
Total
T
1
Mason Glinski
141
T
1
Taisei Negishi
141
T
1
Wocheng Ye
141
T
1
Joshua Suh
141
Girls
Total
1
Benyapa Niphatsophon
135
2
Clare Amelia Legaspi
136
T
3
Alyaa Abdulghany
140
T
3
Minjou Chen
140
AJGA Philadelphia Junior
Boys
Total
1
Isaiah Logue
213
2
Will Bernstein
217
T
3
Davis Lamb
218
T
3
Brent Ito
218
Girls
Total
1
Brynn Walker
231
2
Madelein Herr
235
3
Amy Ding
236
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