Shafer Extends Lead at Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic
Ramsey Stays Consistent to Top Girls Division at Coosa Country Club
ROME, Ga. — Cody Shafer of Evans, Ga., used six birdies to extend his lead by three shots and post a two-day total of 6-under-par 136, at the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic. In the Girls Division, Ashlan Ramsey of Bradenton, Fla., remained consistent with an even-par 71 to sit even-par after two days.
The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is a 54-hole stroke play tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga. The event features 72 boys and 26 girls, ages 12-18, from nine states and Colombia, New Zealand, Paraguay and the Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,823 yards and the Girls Division at 6,030 yards.
Shafer knew things were headed in the right direction after No. 9.
“I have played No. 9 3-under over the past two days,” Shafer said. “I had an eagle yesterday and I birdied the hole today, so I guess that is my favorite hole on the course.”
Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Ga., and Chase Koepka of West Palm Beach, Fla., each card 3-under-par 68 and 2-under-par 69 respectively to stand in second with two-day totals of 3-under-par 139. Carter Page of Waynesville, N.C., shot an even-par 71 and Matt Cote of Palm Harbor, Fla., finished his second round with a 2-under-par 69 to sit tied in fourth with 2-under-par 140.
In the Girls Division, Ramsey made a series of birdies to remain on top after the second round.
“I knew I had things going after No. 9 when I hit the flag on my approach shot,” Ramsey said. “I hit birdie on that so that was nice to finish the turn that way. Then on No. 10 I made a 35-40-foot putt for birdie, so that was a good couple of holes.”
Katie Kirk of Davidson, N.C. sits one shot behind Ramsey after carding an even-par second round for a two round total of 1-over-par 143. Kaitlin Matheson of Easley, S.C. shot a 2-over-par 73 to sit two shots back from the lead with a 2-over-par 144.
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Thursday's final-round tee times for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will run from 7:30 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Coosa Country Club. For more information, please call Tournament Director Chris White (770) 601-5196.