GOLF PRIDE JUNIOR CLASSIC
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, N.C. • August 11 - 14
 

BECK LEADS GOLF PRIDE JUNIOR CLASSIC AT 4-UNDER-PAR 138
Kiser leads Girls Division at 4-over-par 146 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

 SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Evan Beck of Virginia Beach, Va., leads the Boys Division at 4-under-par 138 at the Golf Pride Junior Classic. Victoria Kiser of Orlando, Fla., grabbed the lead at 4-over-par 146 in the Girls Division at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf Pride Junior Classic is a 54-hole stroke-play event being held at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, the host to three U.S. Women’s Opens in the past 12 years. The tournament field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,902 yards, while the Girls Division is being played at 6,002 yards.

Beck’s second round of 2-under-par 69 in continuous rain featured three birdies and only one bogey that included a tight approach on the par-3 No. 13 to eight feet for birdie.

“The course conditions were not the best today,” Beck said. “But I really could not have played any better. I want to win and am just going to keep playing as I have been tomorrow.”

Zachary Blair of Ogden, Utah, and Chase Parker of Augusta, Ga., sits in second at 3-under-par 139. In a tie for fourth at 2-under-par 140 are Will Jones of Rome, Ga., and Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C.

Kiser leads the Girls Division after a 2-over-par 73 second round that included two birdies, one on the tight par-5 15th.

“On No. 15 I hit in from about 60 yards to five feet for birdie,” Kiser said. “I hope the conditions will be better tomorrow so I can shoot even lower.”

In a three-way tie for second at 7-over-par 149 are Sarah Bae of Raleigh, N.C., Katie Kirk of Davidson, N.C., and Courtney Gunter of Matthews, N.C.

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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 foreign countries.

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            Final-round tee times for the Golf Pride Junior Classic will run from 7:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. For more information, please call AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (910) 692-7111, ext. 2222, or visit the AJGA Web site.

 
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Shreveport, LA
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Irving, TX
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Hobart, OK
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Arcadia, CA
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Diamond Bar, CA
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Weekly Results
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior at The Seagate presented by Sportlink
Boys
Total
1
Robert Eisch
141
T
2
Alvaro Escalada
142
T
2
Michael Saccente
142
Girls
Total
1
Alice Jo
142
2
Maria Hoyos
146
3
Courtney Zeng
147
Preseason Junior at Cantigny
Boys
Total
T
1
David Perkins
219
T
1
Drew Kiehl
221
3
Frank Lindwall
216
Girls
Total
1
Brooke Babbin
237
2
Emily Young
240
T
3
Margaret Hickey
238
T
3
Loren Skibba
241
Junior All-Star at Longaberger
Boys
Total
1
*Graham Corbin
146
T
2
Aaron Chen
146
T
2
Grant Smith
146
Girls
Total
1
Kailie Vongsaga
152
2
Megan Furtney
153
3
Erica Shepherd
154
Preseason Junior at Worthington Manor presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Walker Simas
150
2
Dominic Wagner
151
T
3
Evan Long
152
T
3
Tanner Johnson
152
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Freedman
162
T
2
Samantha Fritzinger
169
T
2
Julia Calomiris
169
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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