GRIMES, FENG STAY ATOP LEADERBOARD AT THE JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT MARSHALLIA
Unson, second in Girls Division after hole-in-one
VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. — Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., carded a 1-over-par 73 in the second round of the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch. He leads the Boys Division by three strokes. Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., still holds the lead for the Girls Division after posting a two-day total of 6-over-par 150.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch is a 54-hole stroke play event held at the Marshallia Ranch Golf Course. The tournament field consists of 93 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-15, from 13 states and Canada. Eighty-seven hail from the home state of California. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 6,743 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,669 yards.
Grimes tallied six birdies on the day and despite a triple bogey on No. 17, was very satisfied with his round. He was particularly happy with a 50-foot birdie putt from the front of the green on No. 14.
“The putts for birdie really helped me out today,” Grimes said. “And in place of my driver, I used a 3-wood on almost every hole. Hopefully that will work for me going in to the final round.”
Patrick-Reilly McMahon of Santa Maria, Calif., sits alone in second after shooting a 2-over-par 74, bringing his tournament total to 2-over-par 146. Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Jake Katz of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Crescencio Ancheta III of Lancaster, Calif., and Nicholas Schafer of Rocklin, Calif., are all tied for third with 3-over-par 147s.
While not completely satisfied with her round of 4-over-par 76, Feng managed to hold on to her lead going into the final 18 holes of play.
“I didn't putt well today,” Feng said. “I misread the greens and the wind really started to affect me.”
Feng carded one birdie on the day — a bunker shot on No. 2 that went in from 15 feet.
Ma Andrea Unson of Murrieta, Calif., sits one stroke back after carding a 2-over-par 74. Unson also had a hole-in-one on No. 13.
“I hit my shot with a 7-wood and it landed on the green and just rolled in the hole,” Unson said. “I couldn't stop smiling.”
Rochelle Chan of Carson, Calif., and Marissa Borja of Spring Valley, Calif., both stand in third place with 9-over-par 153s.
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.
Final-round tee times will run from 6:45 A.M. — 1:15 P.M. off the No. 1 tee at Marshallia Ranch Golf Course. For more information on the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (585) 245-2782.