PETERMAN TIES TOURNAMENT RECORD LOW AT 8-UNDER-PAR 64, HOLDS ONE-STROKE LEAD IN MICHIGAN
Sylvan moves to top of Girls Division and leads by a single stroke
GRAND BLANC, Mich. â€” Kyle Peterman of Sherman, Ill., made the most of moving day Thursday at the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek after firing an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Katie Sylvan of San Diego, Calif., moved to the top of the leaderboard with a tournament total of 147 after posting a second round 2-under-par 70.
The Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek is a 54-hole tournament presented by the American Junior Golf Association at Flint Elks Lodge 222 in Grand Blanc, Mich. The 99-player field boasts 75 boys and 24 girls from 22 states and Canada.
After posting an opening round 2-over-par 74, Peterman stormed back into title contention as he rallied for an 8-under-par 64 performance in the second round. Peterman closed out the front nine with a 5-under-par showing that included a birdie on the par-5, 590-yard No. 6. Once on the back nine, Peterman fired four more birdies, giving him a total of nine for the day.
â€śToday I did not do anything different from yesterday except switch to a Scotty Cameron putter since my putting was not the greatest,â€ť Peterman said. â€śI did not miss at all today.â€ť
Peterman overcame a six-shot deficit en route to taking a one-stroke lead going into Friday's final round. His 64 ties the tournament record set by Mike Austin in 1997 and was a single shot shy of tying the course record of 63, which was set by Fred Couples in 1981. Peterman tallied the same number of birdies as Couples did back in 1981.
â€śI was striking the ball really well on the front nine and that gave me a lot of confidence going into the back nine,â€ť the recent 2006 graduate said. â€śEverything was going my way today and I seemed to get all of the breaks.â€ť
One stroke back from Peterman is Joseph Smith of Champaign, Ill., who has carded a tournament total of 139. With a 141, local Grand Blanc, Mich., stand out Willie Mack III occupies third place. In a four-way tie for fourth with 142s is Michigan-natives Nicholas Carbary of Kalamazoo and Philip Snow of Northville, Brady Keegan of Eau Claire, Wis., and Maki Kobayashi of Newington, Conn.
In the Girls Division, Sylvan began the day four shots back in a three-way tie for fourth. After opening with 1-over-par 37, she rebounded by firing three birdies on the back nine and posted a 3-under-par 33 to put her at 2-under-par 70 for the round.
â€śMy iron shots were not the best on the front nine,â€ť Sylvan said. â€śI did make a lot of up and downs though. On the back nine I was able to get the ball close to the hole.â€ť
Her tournament total stands at 147 and she takes a one-stroke advantage into the final round.
Moving into second-place is Michigan State signee, Aimee Neff of Carmel, Ind. Neff registered a round of even-par and now holds a tournament total of 148. Tied for third is 2004 Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek champion and Wake Forest bound, Dolores White of Lakeland, Fla., and Julia Potter of Granger, Ind., who will play for Missouri in the fall. Both hold two-day totals of 149 after registering a 2-over-par 74 and 1-under-par 71, respectively.
The Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek has a storied history of producing champions who have gone on to have successful professional careers. Past champions include such notables as Kelly Robbins (1986), Phil Mickelson (1987, 88), Joe Ogilvie (1992), Jenny Chuasiriporn (1994), Paula Creamer (2001, 02) and Morgan Pressel (2003).
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, 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 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.
Final-round action will begin Friday, July 14 at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek please call tournament headquarters at (678) 315-3446.