Danielson remains on top after second round
Moore, Kaui lead Girls Division by two strokes
LAS VEGAS — Leading by six strokes with a two-day total of 10-under-par 134, Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., maintains the lead in the Boys Division after the second round of the Matt Snodgrass Las Vegas Junior. Sharing the lead in the Girls Division at 2-over-par 146 is Las Vegas native Alexandra Kaui and Haley Moore of Escondido, Calif.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Matt Snodgrass Las Vegas Junior is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Stallion Mountain Golf Club. The event features 54 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states and four countries. The Boys Division is playing the course at 7,104 yards while the Girls Division is playing at 6,160 yards.
Recording the low score for the second day in a row, Danielson sunk six birdies to finish at 4-under-par 68. Looking toward the final round, he hopes to play a strong, consistent 18 holes.
“The main focus tomorrow is just getting off to a hot start because today wasn't so hot,” Danielson said. “I want to try to start off like I did the first round.”
Second in the Boys Division with a two-day total of 4-under-par 140 is Tyler Moore of Escondido, Calif. One stroke back, Tyler Kertson of Paradise Valley, Ariz., stands in third at 3-under-par 141 for the tournament. In a tie for fourth is Mike McGilton of Chandler, Ariz., and Lloyd Jefferson Go of Cebu City, Philippines, at 2-under-par 142.
In the Girls Division, Kaui and Moore enter the final round tied for the lead. After leading the first round, Moore shot a 3-over-par 75, while Kaui recorded a 1-over-par 73 for the second round.
Heading into the final round, Kaui hopes to keep improving her game.
“I think my putting worked a little better for me today,” Kaui said. “It wasn't optimal, but it was definitely a lot better than it was yesterday. I think I need to hit better approach shots because those are holding me back.”
Moore also sets high expectations for herself in the final round.
“For tomorrow, par will be my best friend, especially on these challenging greens,” Moore said.
Rounding out the top-three in the Girls Division at a 4-over-par 148 is Tiffany Yau of Porter Ranch, Calif.
About the AJGA
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Final-round tee times will run from 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Stallion Mountain Golf Club. For more information about the Matt Snodgrass Las Vegas Junior, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 327-6982.