Kelly maintains lead at the Columbus Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament
Prince jumps ahead in the Girls Division at The Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tee-k Kelly of Wheaton, Ill., shot a 1-over-par 72 to sustain a two-shot lead in the Boys Division of the Columbus Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament. In the Girls Division, Kendall Prince of Lake Oswego, Ore., equaled her effort from the first round, by carding a 3-over-par 74 to leapfrog into the lead.
The Columbus Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Ohio State University Golf Club — Scarlet Course. The tournament field includes 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18 from 17 states, Canada and Colombia. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,992 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,062 yards.
Kelly maintained his two-stroke lead, by staying consistent despite some unlucky breaks on the greens. The rising senior shot a 1-over-par 72 to stand at 1-under-par 141 for the tournament.
“I started out with a birdie on No. 1 again, which kind of got me rolling,” Kelly said. “It was a pretty similar round to yesterday, except I didn't get as many putts to drop as I did yesterday. I thought that the pins were more accessible from the fairway, but around the greens they were a lot harder to putt to than the pins were yesterday.”
Mert Selamet of Dublin, Ohio, and Joo-Young Lee of Hilliard, Ohio, sit in second with a 2-over-par 143. Vincent Martino of Southlake, Texas, and Brad Burgess of St. Catherines, Ontario, finished the day in a tie for fourth with tournament totals of 3-over-par 145.
In the Girls Division, Prince stayed consistent during the second day, equaling her total from the first round with a 3-over-par 74. The future Ohio State University Buckeye holds a slight one shot advantage at 6-over-par 148 heading into the final 18.
“I focused a lot more on my putting today,” Prince said. “I got back on track after I eagled No. 12. I crushed my drive and was able to hit my hybrid from 180 yards out and sink a putt. I'm looking forward to defending my future home turf tomorrow.”
One shot behind Prince sits Lauren Grogan of Columbus, Ohio, a University of Michigan commit, who shot an 8-over-par 79 to sit at 7-over-par 149 for the tournament. Third place belongs to Elyse Smidinger of Crofton, Md., who stands at 9-over-par 151 after carding a second-round score of 4-over-par 75.
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 5,000 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, Polo 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 for the Columbus Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament will run from 7 a.m. — 12:10 p.m. off the No.1 tee at The Ohio State University Golf Club — Scarlet Course. For more information about the Columbus Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament, contact Tournament Director Curt Haag at (678) 995-4322.