ANDREWS AND ALMAND VIE FOR FIRST PLACE AT GOLF PRIDE JUNIOR CLASSIC
Gunter rises to top spot in Girls Division at National Golf Club
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. — Bo Andrews of Raleigh, N.C., and Will Almand of Cary, N.C., sit together atop the Boys leaderboard after carding 5-under-par 139s following the second round. In the Girls Division, Courtney Gunter of Matthews, N.C., shot a 2-under-par 70 to become the leader with a 146 two-day total.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf Pride Junior Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at National Golf Club. The 95-player field features juniors from 13 states and Canada. The course is playing at 7,068 yards for the Boys Division and 6,209 yards for the Girls Division.
Andrews, winner of this year's Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, made two birdies and one bogey on the front nine to shoot 1-under-par 35, even though temperatures soared into the 100s. On the par-5 10th hole, he found trouble for the second day when his tee shot landed in the lateral water hazard. But on the next hole, Andrews, 17, got up and down for par and put down two more birdies on the back nine for a 1-under-par 35.
“I hit the ball well today and made a couple of mistakes,” Andrews said. “But I'll learn from those mistakes tomorrow. My irons have been good for me the last two days, which has given me a lot of confidence.”
Andrews said that his goal tomorrow is to play the best he can and take home another win.
“I am going to get out there, have fun and play well,” he said. “The rest will take care of itself.”
Almand made two birdies on the front nine and blazed through the back nine with four more, for six total birdies in his second round. On No. 6, Almand made a 12-foot putt to save par, which he said gave him the momentum to birdie the next hole and shoot 1-under on the front nine.
“Coming here, I just wanted to stay consistent through all three days and not lose it on any one round,” Almand said. “I've just got to hit my drive straight, and I should be in good shape for tomorrow.”
Austin Cody of North Charleston, S.C., and Mark McMillen, Jr., of Smithfield, N.C., are tied for third place at 4-under-par 140. William Herring of Lillington, N.C., who qualified this week, sits alone in fifth place after carding a 3-under-par 141.
In the Girls Division, Gunter made a comeback, carding a 2-under-par 70 second round total, six shots off her
first-round score. Unlike yesterday's birdieless round, Gunter made three birdies within her first four holes.
“The putts were just dropping today more than yesterday,” she said. “Tomorrow I have got to play like I played my first three holes today — fairways and greens — and try to make the putts.”
Stephanie Wagstaff of Asheville, N.C., is in second place one shot back. Michelle Ahn of Chapel Hill, N.C., Jessica Schall of Lake Mary, Fla., and Courtney McKim of Raleigh, are bunched in third place with tournament totals of 152.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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.
The final round will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. For more information about the Golf Pride Junior Classic, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (910) 295-4300 ext 231.