FORE!KIDS JUNIOR AT TPC OF
NEW ORLEANS – The TPC of Louisiana continued to claim victims in Wednesday’s second round, but Matt Fast of Hattiesburg, Miss., tamed the beast with a 2-under-par 70 to force a tie at even par with Morgan Landry of Lafayette, La., heading into the final round of the Fore!Kids Junior at TPC of Louisiana. In the Girls Division, Christie Reed of
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Landry, who shot a 2-under-par 70 in Tuesday’s first round, started on No. 10 and struggled to a 39 on his first nine, but rallied with birdies at Nos. 2 and 8 to get back to even par for the tournament.
“After that start I was nervous that I was going to shoot an 80 or something,” Landry said. “I just had to regroup and start hitting my driver in the fairway.”
On a day when the second-round Boys Division scoring average was 78.5, Landry said control off the tee was key to course management.
“For the first time, the driver or 3-wood is the most important club – you’ve got to hit it in the fairway,” Landry said.
Fast, who shot the low round of the day, sunk a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 second hole to get to even par and vault himself into the final pairing.
“If you told me at the beginning of the day that I’d come out and shoot 2-under, I’d take it because the course is playing pretty tough,” Fast said. “I’m not a big fan of having the lead on the last day, but I feel pretty good about being tied.”
Timothy Byrd of
Reed had difficulties of her own on her first nine, shooting a 4-over-par 40, but birdied three of her last six holes to give herself a four-shot cushion heading into the final round.
“I made a lot of really clutch putts from four and five feet, and that’s really important if you want to win this tournament,” Reed said. “I’m really excited to play tomorrow. I feel like I’ve gotten all of the badness out.”
Caney Hines of San Antonio, Texas, shot a 4-over-par 76 and trails Reed by four strokes, and Jessica Hamilton of
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Final-round tee times begin at Thursday off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the Fore!Kids Junior at TPC of Louisiana, please contact tournament headquarters at (504) 342-3011.