GRIBBLE SCORES A 66 IN SECOND-ROUND ACTION, HOLDS A SEVEN-STROKE LEAD
Schepperle takes one-stoke lead in Girls Division at Bellefonte Country Club
ASHLAND, Ky. — Cody Gribble of Dallas continued his hot streak at Bellefonte Country Club Thursday by shooting a 4-under-par second round to take a commanding lead in the Boys Division at the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. Candace Schepperle of Hoover, Ala., maintained her position atop the Girls Division leaderboard by carding a 4-over-par 74.
The Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, Ky. The 120 player field boasts 90 boys and 30 girls from 24 states.
Gribble has tallied 12 birdies and an eagle thus far throughout the tournament. After posting a par-35 on the front nine, Gribble rebounded by firing four birdies on the back nine. Gribble's tournament total of 129 gives him a seven-stroke advantage going into the final round Friday.
“Today I got off to another slow start on the front nine,” Gribble said. “The back nine are working really well for me; I was able to go 4-under-par.”
With 18 holes to go on the course, the sophomore-to-be is aiming to improve his play on the front nine.
“I am very pleased with my performance, but I still need to keep my head straight,” Gribble said.
Sitting in second place is Bradenton, Fla., native Chris Mullhaupt and Chase Wright of Muncie, Ind. Both have tallied two-day totals of 137. Thomas Buran of Scottsdale, Ariz., is in fourth-place with a 139. In a two-way tie for fifth are Joseph Barr of Versailles, Ky., and Logan Blondell of Lakeland, Fla., with two-day totals of 140.
Schepperle, who is making her first appearance in the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior, made par on 15 of 18 holes. Her two-day tournament total stands at 146.
“To sum up my performance, I am all over the place, like a rollercoaster,” Schepperle said. “I have played okay, but definitely not like I would want to.”
The Auburn University signee holds a one stoke lead and is looking forward to breaking away from the pack tomorrow.
“I want to expand my lead tomorrow,” Schepperle said. “I like to have competition going into the final round. I want to look back at this.”
Two players are tied for second in the Girls Division after Thursday's action. Molly Aronsson of Shelburne, Vt., and Brianna Do of Lakewood, Calif., both have tallied tournament totals of 147 after shooting rounds of 75 and 72 respectively.
The Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior is in its 23rd year and is one of the oldest tournaments on the AJGA schedule. Many of the PGA Tours brightest stars have participated in the Natural Resource Bluegrass Junior throughout its storied history including Jim Furyk, Charles Howell III, Steve Flesch and past champion Ben Curtis, who went on to win the British Open and captain a Ryder Cup team.
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 driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, in 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 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The final round of the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior will be a 7 a.m. start off the No. 1 tee at the Bellefonte Country Club on Friday. For more information about the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (606) 329-1966, or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.