FRONT NINE KIND TO UNDERWOOD AND KNOLL
Barton, Edelman; Gerlich, Randle lead tight Boys Division
DALLAS--The team of Mallorie Underwood, of Montgomery,
Texas, and Ashley Knoll, of The Woodlands, Texas, used a 6-under-par
30 on the front nine to remain three shots clear of the field
after the second round of the Justin Leonard/Deloitte &
Touche Junior Team Championship.
In the Boys Division, a flurry of birdies on the back nine vaulted the team of Jeff Gerlich and Michael Randle, both of Austin, Texas, into a tie for the lead. Gerlich and Randle finished with a 63 and are 10-under-par for the tournament. Jeffrey Edelman, of Southlake, Texas, and Scott Barton, of Dallas, will join Gerlich and Randle in the final group on Thursday after shooting 64.
The 54-hole team competition, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, is being conducted at the Northwood Club in Dallas, home of the 1952 U.S. Open. The field consists of 72 players representing 15 states, including 44 players from the state of Texas and 13 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. The tournament contains two divisions consisting of boys and girls ages 13 to 18.
Wednesday's second round was played as a four-ball format. The format consisted of each player playing his/her own ball, with each team carding its lowest score.
Underwood and Knoll roared out of the gate, picking up a birdie on No. 1 and an eagle on the par-5 2nd, Northwood Club's No. 1 handicap hole. Knoll drained a putt from 25 feet, bringing the team to 3-under-par on the day after two holes.
"It was flowing well," Underwood said about the team's front nine.
The twosome recorded another eagle on the 386-yard, par-4 8th. It happened when Underwood found herself in the rough, 154 yards away.
"I didn't hit a very good drive; I was in the rough," Underwood said. "I knew I couldn't fly it to the green because it wouldn't hold it. So I ran it up there. We were watching it run up, and we saw it go in. We couldn't believe it."
The group finished with a 65 on the day after playing the back nine in even-par, collecting two birdies and two bogeys. Paula Creamer, of Pleasanton, Calif., and Taylor Leon, of Dallas, who are 10-under for the tournament, will complete the leader group. Creamer and Leon combined to score a tournament-low 63 on Wednesday; they also eagled the par-5 2nd.
Kate Ackerman, of Allen, Texas, and Lacey Jones, of Idabel, Okla., fired a 66 on Wednesday to move to 6-under-par for the tournament and stand alone in third.
Gerlich and Randle shook off a three-putt bogey on No. 9, found a groove and ripped off seven birdies on the back nine, including six consecutive from No. 12 through No. 17.
"We knew we could do well because we both like the back side better than the front side," Gerlich said. "We were trying to shoot 29 or 30, but 28 is even better."
Barton and Edelman played both nines with a score of 32 and recorded a two-day total of 132, 10-under for the tournament.
"It seemed like every time (Barton) would have a bad hole, I'd play all right, and every time he'd have a good hole, I'd be riding his back," Edelman said. "It was a good team match (Wednesday)."
However, the two leader groups have little room to breathe. Three teams are within two shots and eight teams sit within four shots. Chris Kirk, of Wookstock, Ga., and Brian Harman, of Savannah, Ga., lurking in third, one shot off the pace. The team of Charlie Holland, of Dallas, and Will Osborne, of Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as Jeremy and Jeff Frye, of Palestine, Texas, round out the top five, sit two shots behind.
A foursome, alternate shot format will be used in the final round on Thursday. Tee times will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:50 a.m. For more information on the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship, call tournament headquarters at (972) 934-0544, ext. 105.
DALLAS -- Second-round results from the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Northwood Club. Par Boys: 36-35-71, Girls: 36-35-71. Yardage: Boys 6793. Girls: 5887.
Scott Barton, Dallas, Texas
Jeffery Edelman, Southlake, Texas -68-64-132
Michael Randle, Austin, Texas
Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas -69-63-132
Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga.
Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. -69-64-133
Charlie Holland, Dallas, Texas
Will Osborne, Wichita Falls, Texas -69-65-134
Jeremy Frye, Palestine, Texas
Jeffrey Frye, Palestine Texas -69-65-134
Tarik Can, New York, N.Y.
Chad Wilcox, Peoria, Ariz. -68-67-135
Trent Leon, Dallas, Texas
Tyler Leon, Dallas, Texas -66-70-136
Ryan Henry, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. -70-66-136
Martin Piller, Duncanville, Texas
Mark Conlon, Arlington, Texas -66-70-136
Colt Knost, Pilot Point, Texas
Harris Graham, Argyle, Texas -69-67-136
James Minahan, Spring, Texas
Russell Chabaud, Spring, Texas -69-68-137
Scooter Jefferson, Spring, Texas
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands, Texas -70-68-138
Mitchell A. Cohlmia, Tulsa, Okla.
Brett Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla. -69-69-138
Sam Owen, Dallas, Texas
Garrett Merrell, Dallas, Texas -69-69-138
Dos Goldsmith, McAllen, Texas
Blake Parks, Odessa, Texas -73-65-138
Trey Todd, Abilene, Texas
Jeremy Alcorn, Brownwood, Texas -72-69-139
Paul Haley, Dallas, Texas
Mike Lester, Dallas, Texas -70-69-139
Jack Freeman, Garland Texas
Brian Ault, Mesquite Texas -71-68-139
Matthew Van Zandt, Missouri City, Texas
Lance Lopez, Missouri City, Texas -71-69-140
Jake Creel, Dothan, Ala.
Brian Ricketts, Highland Village, Texas -74-67-141
Tyler Peglow, Marshalltown, Iowa
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa -70-72-142
Ryan Hillstrom, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Cam Rogers, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. -71-72-143
David Dragoo, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ben Marsh, Paradise Valley, Ariz. -73-70-143
Bo Stover, East Lansing, Mich.
James Kurek, Lothian, Md. -72-76-148
Mallorie Underwood, Montgomery, Texas
Ashley Knoll, The Woodlands, Texas -64-65-129
Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas
Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif. -69-63-132
Kate Ackerson, Allen, Texas
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla. -70-66-136
Lauren Todd, Phoenix, Ariz.
Brooke Todare, Paradise Valley, Ariz. -68-69-137
Lila Barton, Dallas, Texas
Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif.-70-68-138
Whitney Sylvan, Columbia, S.C.
Whitney Myers, East Berlin, Pa. -69-70-139
Michaela Cavener, Ponca City, Okla.
Ali Griffin, Edmond, Okla. -72-67-139
Leslie Wall, Dallas, Texas
Kelley Louth, Victoria, Texas -71-70-141
Lauren Espinosa, Irving, Texas
Caney Hines, San Antonio, Texas -73-70-143
Jacquelyn Nemcik, College Station, Texas
Christa Spedding, Granbury, Texas -73-71-144
Emily Hoeper, Kansas City, Mo.
Alyssa Otero, Sante Fe, N.M. -74-74-148
Stephanie Hickerson, Dallas, Texas
Lindsay Adams, Dallas, Texas -81-78-159