Magnolia Grove Golf Club – Falls and Crossings Courses
Originally scheduled as a 54-hole event concluding on Monday, the tournament will be shortened to a 36-hole event due to the approach of Hurricane
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior is being played on the Falls and Crossings Courses at Magnolia Grove Golf Club. Ninety-nine boys are competing at the Falls Course, while the Crossings Course is playing host to 57 girls. Twenty-nine states and two foreign countries are represented at the event, which marks the end of the AJGA summer schedule.
Francis’ round started off slow as he found himself at 2-over par after eight holes. However, a birdie on No. 9 gave Francis momentum going into the back nine.
“I wasn’t playing very well on the first eight holes,” Francis said. “I drained a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 9 and that got me going. I knew there weren’t a lot of low scores in, so I knew I was still in the tournament.”
Francis went on a tear on the back side, recording birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 17 and 18 on the way to shooting a 4-under-par 32. The
“Being the clubhouse leader is a good spot to be in with just one round left,” Francis said.
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Meanwhile, on the Crossings Course, Park was slightly apprehensive after her morning warm-up.
“Before I went out there, I was hitting my irons pretty badly on the range,” Park admitted. “But I focused on my putting and hit some good shots after I got out there.”
These good shots, along with a number of long putts holed on her first nine, allowed Park to start her day with a 5-under-par 31 on the back side. She finished the round with a 4-under-par 68, a three-shot lead, and improved confidence going into the final round.
“There’s more golf left and anything can happen,” Park said. “Everybody always says to play your own game, and it really is true.”
Three players are three shots back after firing matching 1-under-par 71s. Julieta Granada of
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