MEIERDIERKS HAS ADVANTAGE GOING INTO FINAL ROUND AT 146
Freeman edges out leader to take the Girls Division lead at 154
BOLINGBROOK, ILL- Eric Meierdierks of Wilmette, Ill., shot an even-par 72 for a two-day total of 146 to lead the Boys Division of the AJGA Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook. In the Girls Division, Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., shot a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Girls Division at 154.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
the Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook features 99 juniors, 75
boys and 24 girls, from 16 states and two from Canada. Forty-six
of the juniors are from Illinois.
Meierdierks round was highlighted by an eagle
on No. 12 after hitting his drive through the fairway, followed
by a three-iron within three feet of the hole. Meierdierks
had birdies on Nos., 4, 16 and 18, had 28 putts for the day
and hit 12 greens.
"I putted really well today and hit a
lot of greens," said the William and Mary signee. "That
really helped me out today. Hopefully I can play well again
Meierdierks recently placed 10th in the AJGA
Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek.
Rounding out the Boys Division top five are
Henry Rowland of Lake Bluff, Ill., and Daniel Woltman of Beaver
Dam, Wis., tied for second at 148 and tied for fourth are
Andrew Shiels of Rockford, Ill., and John Kelly of Saint Louis,
Mo., at 149.
In the Girls Division, Freeman notched birdies
on Nos. 4, 12 and 14 and had 28 putts for her round.
"Conditions were a lot better today,"
said the 15-year-old. "My chipping and putting worked
much better for me today without the wind."
"Going into the final round tomorrow
I hope I can play as good as today, stay ahead and play my
Recently Freeman placed third in the AJGA
Lockton Kansas City Junior in Overland Park, Kan.
Rounding out the Girls Division top three
are Noriko Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill., at 77-78-155 and
Chaneng Joe of Poway, Calif., at 80-80-160.
Final-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Bolingbrook Golf Club. For more information on the AJGA Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook, contact tournament headquarters at (630) 771-9400.