Do Goes Low at Randy Wise Junior Open
Sritragul and Fraser card only under-par rounds to take lead at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
GRAND BLANC, Mich. Henry Do of Ypsilanti, Mich., tied a tournament low 5-under-par 67 for a two-round total of 4-under-par 140 to take the lead in the Boys Division by two strokes. Tess Fraser of Marysville, Ohio and Paveenuch Sritragul of Bangkok, Thailand lead by three in the Girls Division after shooting second-round 1-under-par 71s.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randy Wise Junior Open is being held at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. The field features 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states, Indonesia, Thailand and Canada. The par-72 course is playing at 7,106 yards for the Boys Division and 6,038 yards for the Girls Division.
Playing in his second AJGA event, Do carded six birdies with just one bogey in his second-round including a run of three birdies in four holes. His round was one of ten rounds under par in the second round after just one under-par round on day one. After shooting a 1-over-par 73 during the first-round, Do said it was improvement on the greens that allowed him to go low.
I putted much better today, it really saved me out there, Do said. Tomorrow, I'll have to hit my driver better to win.
In second place is Patrick Cansfield of Port Huron, Mich., with a two-round total of 2-under-par 142. The first-round leader, Haoyuan Lu of Bradenton, Fla., is in third place after carding a second-round even-par 72 giving him a two day total of 1-under-par 143. Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division are Beau Titsworth of Avon, Ohio and Carson Castellani of East Lansing, Mich., who have two-round totals of even-par 144.
Sritragul had one birdie and two bogeys on the front nine before turning it around on the back nine with four birdies including three in a row from Nos. 12 through 14.
I was really hitting my approach shots well, said Sritragul. I had good confidence on the greens and my putts were going in.
Fraser had an up-and-down day with six birdies and five bogeys after a 4-over-par 76 in the first-round.
I tried to forget about the bogeys out there and stay positive, said Fraser. I was sticking my iron shots today and my putts were rolling really well.
In third place in the Girls Division is the first-round leader, Ashley Armstrong of Flossmoor, Ill., with a two-day total of 6-over-par 150.
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Thursday's final-round tee times for the Randy Wise Junior Open will run from 7 a.m. 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club. For more information, please call Tournament Director Chris White at (770) 601-5196.