MATHISON TAKES SECOND-ROUND LEAD AT JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT MISSION INN
Wang stays consistent to hold lead in Girls Division
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Peter Mathison of Jupiter, Fla., moved to the top of the leaderboard of the Junior All-Star at Mission Inn Wednesday after carding a 1-over-par 73. Xin Wang of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., continues to lead the Girls Division with a two-day total of even-par 144.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Mission Inn is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Mission Inn Club and Resort — El Campeon Course. The tournament field features 52 boys and 18 girls — ages 12-15 — from 15 states as well as Columbia and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 El Campeon Course at 6,655 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 5,696 yards.
Mathison, who started the day in fifth place, worked his way to the top of the Boys Division after a back-and-forth round featuring three birdies and four bogeys.
The 12-year-old Mathison was already 3-over-par for the day after his first five holes, but righted the ship before making the turn when he saved par at No. 18.
“I got up-and-down on the 18th hole, about an 8-foot putt, and then I made a great birdie on the fourth hole and that really just kept the momentum going,” Mathison said. “…Those 2 holes were the biggest achievement of my round.”
Mathison's tournament total stands at 2-over-par 146.
Joey Petronio of Orlando, Fla., and Wheaton Hall of Springfield, Ga., sit in second place, one stroke back of Mathison at 3-over-par 147. Sawyer Shaw of West Palm Beach, Fla., is in fourth place at 5-over-par 149, while Tyler Williams of Hilton Head Island, S.C., holds fifth place at 6-over-par 150.
In the Girls Division, Wang posted her second straight round of even-par golf to hold a X-stroke lead going into Thursday's final round. She stayed mostly consistent Wednesday, dropping 14 pars to go with two birdies and two bogeys.
“Well, I didn't really make that many mistakes,” Wang said. “I felt today was kind of a boring round, making par every hole. I'm just thinking about playing normal out there.”
In second place below Wang on the Girls Division leaderboard is Juliet Vongphoumy of Providence, R.I., with a total of 8-over-par 152. Laura Kanouse of Boca Raton, Fla., is alone in third place at 10-over-par 154.
The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series is a collection of nine events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15 and presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into Open tournaments. Juniors are limited to a maximum combination of five AJGA Open and Junior All-Star Series events during a calendar year. The series concludes with the Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, a full-time junior golf training and development program, enters its first year as an Official Partner of the AJGA. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and the naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series, which will provide juniors access to national competitive golf opportunities.
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 50 states and 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 for the Junior All-Star at Mission Inn will run from 7:30-9:09 a.m. off the Nos.1 and 10 tees at Mission Inn Resort and Club — El Campeon Course. For more information on the Junior All-Star at Mission Inn, please call Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2420