Padova cards a 3-under-par 69 to claim lead at Jones Creek Golf Club
Newton leads the Girls Division at the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by Electrolux
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Austin Padova of Hudson, Fla., posted a 3-under-par 69 Tuesday at the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by Electrolux. Abby Newton of Katy, Texas, leads by one stroke in the Girls Division having carded an even-par 72 at Jones Creek Golf Club.
The E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by Electrolux is a 54-hole championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Jones Creek Golf Club. The event features 72 boys and 23 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and six countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,818 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,160 yards.
Padova was one under par after the front nine and had only two bogeys.
“I was just really consistent,” Padova said. “I drove the fairway well and I made a lot of putts. This is the best I've played in an AJGA event and hopefully I can keep it going and put three rounds together.”
Richard Hubbard of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., is in second with a 1-under-par 71. Meechai Padungsiriseth of Bradenton, Fla., Daniel Cavanagh of Perham, Minn., and Matthew Rushton of Hilton Head Island, S.C., are tied for third at 1-over-par 73.
Newton has two top-10 finishes already this year after a runner-up performance at the AJGA Junior at Savannah Quarters and a tie for ninth at the Signsational Signs Junior at The Woodlands. She started her round making seven pars and a birdie on the front nine and held on to the lead at Jones Creek Golf Club.
“I just kept hitting a lot of greens and I made a lot of putts today,” Newton said. “I had 27 putts and that was pretty much the key to my day.”
In a tie for second are Jessica Hoang of North Augusta, S.C., and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier Medalist Rachel Dai of Suwanee, Ga., each with a 1-over par 73.
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