CHALKLEY CHARGES TO THE TOP OF BOYS DIVISION AT AJGA JUNIOR AT KINGSMILL RESORT & SPA
Rohrback, Lee share lead after second round in Girls Division at Kingsmill Resort & Spa - River Course
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Bryce Chalkley of Richmond, Va., started the afternoon a little nervous but was able to calm his nerves after making a 20-foot putt for birdie on his second hole of day. This helped him come out on top in the Boys Division with a two-round score of 7-under-par 135. Suzie Lee of East Northport, N.Y., jumped two spots Wednesday to share the lead with Kaitlyn Rohrback of Crofton, Md. Lee and Rorhback head into the final round with two-round totals of 1-over-par 143.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Kingsmill Resort & Spa — River Course in Williamsburg, Va. The field features 96 boys and 35 girls, ages 12-18, from 25 states, Canada and China. The par-71 course is being played at 6,826 yards for the Boys Division and 5,797 yards for the Girls Division.
Chalkley played solid on his first nine with birdies on Nos. 11 and 15 to make the turn at 1-under-par 34.
“My round really got going after No.3,” Chalkley said. “I hit my driver, then my 4-iron to the bunker on the right side of the green. I holed-out from the bunker for eagle!”
Chalkley also ended his round strong after he sunk a 25-foot uphill birdie putt to finish at 4-under-par 67.
“This is my first time in contention after the first and second round at an AJGA event,” Chalkley said. “It is exciting and I would love to go out tomorrow and make some birdies to come out on top.”
Brandon Dalinka of Newtown, Pa., is in second at 2-under-par 140. In a tie for third at 1-under-par 141 are Jordan Sweet of Bowie, Md., and Ji Soo Park of Centreville, Va. Rounding out the Boys Division in a four-way tie for fifth are Greg Jarmas of Wynnewood, Pa., Kyle Moir of Los Angeles, Peter Eiler of Holland, Pa., and Andrew Lister of Haymarket, Va., at 1-over-par 143.
In the Girls Division, Lee carded birdies on Nos. 6, 9, 12 and 15 to finish at 1-under-par 70.
“My favorite hole was the short par-4 No. 6,” Lee said. “I used my 3-wood off the tee, my second shot landed pin high on the green. I tapped my 3-foot putt in for birdie.”
Lee said her putting game improved helping her make birdies and hopes her shots are better in the final round.
Co-leader Rohrback finds herself entering the final round in the lead group for the second consecutive tournament after posting a second-round score of 1-over-par 72.
“The wind was a lot stronger today, causing a couple holes to play longer,” Rohrback said. “My best hole was No. 3. I hit a really good drive and my second shot set me up in a good position to make birdie.”
Rohrback expects to make more birdies tomorrow to end the summer on a high note and hopefully enter the spring season on a winning streak.
Lauren Coughlin of Chesapeake, Va., sits in third with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144.
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 50 states and more than 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 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 AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa will run from 7:30 — 9:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Thursday, August 27, at Kingsmill Resort & Spa — River course. For more information about the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa please contact Tournament Director Kelli Holloway at (678) 315-3446 or visit ajga.org.