O’CONNELL LEADS BY ONE AFTER FIRING SECOND-ROUND 67
Granada and Grilli share lead in Girls Division
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Kevin O’Connell of Cary, N.C., took advantage of the early morning conditions and avoided the weather as he fired a 5-under-par 67 Wednesday and took sole possession of first place after the first two rounds of the AJGA Richmond Junior in the Boys Division.
The AJGA Richmond Junior is a 54-stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The tournament features 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 18 states,
After playing consistent golf through the front-nine, O’Connell made the turn at even-par for the day. Immediately making birdie on the 389-yard par 4 No. 10, O’Connell caught fire. Five total birdies on the back-nine, including a stretch where he made four of five on Nos. 13-17, enabled him to take a 36-hole total of 7-under-par into the final day.
“I got on a role on the back-nine,” said the 16-year-old O’Connell. “I wanted to shoot a 33 on the back and got a 31. I’m happy with that.”
O’Connell also hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and had six one-putts on the back-nine.
“Every time I gave myself a chance I made the putt,” said O’Connell, who is vying for his first AJGA open event title. His lone AJGA victory came last year at the Nike Golf Junior at
Right on O’Connell’s tail is Belden, who also shot a 5-under-par 67 Wednesday and sits only one stroke back with a 6-under-par 138. Timothy Courtney of
Coming off a first-round 4-under-par 68,
“I’m not really happy with my play today, but I‘m going to work on it tonight and try to get everything better for tomorrow,”
Entering the second round tied for fifth, Grilli fired a 3-under-par 69 to vault her to the top of the leaderboard and a share of the lead. Her second-round low score included an eagle on the 509-yard par-5, 17th hole.
“I shot an 8-iron and it landed behind the hole and just rolled down the hill and in,” Grilli said. “I’m pretty happy with my round overall.”
Rounding out the top-3 in the Girls Division is Kimberly Donovan of
Play was suspended on two different occasions due to weather in the afternoon for a combined total of 2 hours and 32 minutes.
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 has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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The final-round of the AJGA Richmond Junior will take place Thursday at Salisbury Country Club beginning at off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the AJGA Richmond Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (804) 794-8255.