GUTHRIE CONTINUES TO WARD OFF CONDITIONS, EXTENDS LEAD TO FOUR SHOTS
Yun moves to the front in the Girls Division at Rand Graphics - Wildcat Golf Wichita Junior Championship
WICHITA, Kan. — Luke Guthrie of Quincy, Ill., continues to top the leaderboard at the Rand Graphic — Wildcat Golf Wichita Junior Classic after Thursday's second round with a 73-72—145 tournament total. Hannah Yun of Bradenton, Fla., came from two strokes behind to take the lead of the Girls Division at 78-74—152 going into tomorrow's final round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rand Graphics — Wildcat Golf Wichita Junior Championship is a 54-hole, stroke play event being held at Crestview Country Club — North Course. The 84-player field features juniors from 17 states and Canada. The course is being played at 6,915 yards for the Boys Division and 6,010 yards for the Girls Division.
Guthrie, with a level head and definite consistency, remains humble about his performance. He sees his 145 two-day total as a set up for his final round and still sees himself as a low-profile member of the field regardless of his leader status.
“I try not to get too high or low emotionally,” Guthrie said. “I don't think anyone knows who I am out here so I just come and play my round.”
Cole Wiederkehr and Stephen Carney, both of Tulsa, Okla., sit four strokes behind Guthrie going into tomorrow with 36-hole totals of 149. Blake Walker of Elk City, Okla., fills the fourth spot with two rounds of 75 for a 150 total thus far. Rounding out the top five for the boys are Justin Spray of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Geoffrey Shaw of Edmond, Okla., with two-day totals of 152.
After finishing second in the Aldila Junior Classic earlier this spring, Yun goes into the final round of her third AJGA event this year two strokes ahead of the rest of the field with a two-day total of 152. Fired up following yesterday's round, she took the experience of playing in the windy conditions and put that knowledge to use during today's second consecutive blustery round.
“After yesterday's round, I felt I was going to play better today,” Yun said. “I don't like to admit this because I like to be happy, but I usually play better when I'm mad.”
Following Yun are first round leader, Chelsey Cothran, of Springdale, Ark., and Caitlin Bliss of Katy, Texas, with 154 two-day totals.
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 49 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Friday's final round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. For more information about the Rand Graphics — Wildcat Golf Wichita Junior Championship, please contact Tournament Director Julie Kickbusch at (770) 617-3050.