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OSSO JUNIOR AT OAK TREE

Oak Tree Country Club – East Course

Edmond, Oklahoma

June 28 – July 1

 

KROPP AND STREB TAKE CONTROL OF OSSO JUNIOR

Espinosa and Wright head to final round in deadlock

  

EDMOND, Okla. Two soon-to-be-teammates at Edmond North High School are tied for the lead after the first two rounds in the Boys Division of the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. William Kropp and Robert Streb, both of Edmond, Okla., are at 2-over-par 145 after two rounds.    

          

Lauren Espinosa of Hickory Creek, Texas, and Heather Wright of Houston, Texas, are also knotted atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division at 5-over-par 145. 

 

The OSSO Junior at Oak Tree is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Tree Country Club’s East Course. The tournament features 142 players, ages 12-18, from 15 states, including 59 from Oklahoma and 39 from Texas.

 

After firing an opening round 1-under-par 69, Kropp fired a second-round 73.

 

“It feels good (to be leading),” Kropp said. “I’m hitting the ball straight and made some birdies.”

 

Streb battled through a rainy morning and managed three birdies en route to shooting a 2-over-par 72.

 

“I played pretty well,” Streb said.  “I managed the greens and aimed at the flagstick when I could.”

 

Jonathan Myers of Ponca City, Okla., is in third at 5-over-par, while Matthew Rubis of Fargo, N.D., is in fourth at 6-over-par. Phillip Bryan of Mustang, Okla., and Austin Bowman of Pryor, Okla., are in third at 147.

 

In the Girls Division, Espinosa began the second round four strokes off the lead, but made a charge with back-to-back birdies on hole Nos. 5 and 6.  Her second-round 71 was the day’s low round for the girls.

 

“I feel like I played extremely better today,” Espinosa said.  “I was hitting greens and am really confident going into the final round.”

 

Heading to the University of Oklahoma to continue her golf career, Wright is on the verge of making her final AJGA appearance a memorable one. After a first-round leading 70, Wright fired a 5-over-par 75 Wednesday.

 

“I didn’t make some par putts,” Wright said, “but I hit my driver well and left myself with some good iron shots.”

 

Michaela Cavener of Tulsa, Okla., is alone in third place and one shot off the lead at 146.

       

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 largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

 

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.           

 

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.           

 

The final round of the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree will consist of two waves of tee times from the first and 10th tees. The first starts at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9:09 a.m. The second wave will begin at noon and conclude at 1:39 p.m. For more information on the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree, call tournament headquarters at (405) 340-1010.