MURPHY MIRRORS FIRST ROUND 68 TO LEAD BY ONE AT THE MEMORIAL JUNIOR
White remains atop girls division leaderboard
DELAWARE, Ohio- Tanner Murphy of Columbus, Ohio, carded a 68 to remain the Boys Division leader with a two-day total of 6-under-par 136 at the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy’s and Discover Card. Allie White of Lancaster, Ohio, fired a 2-over-par 73 for a tournament total of 144 to remain in first place in the Girls Division.
The Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy’s and Discover Card, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 78 boys and 20 girls – ages 12 to 18 – from 18 states. Dornoch Golf Club is hosting the second-year event for the first time.
Murphy, who tallied five birdies on the day, including four on the back nine, fired three-in-a-row on Nos. 12 - 14.
“The front is tough, so I was trying to keep close to even-par,” Murphy said. “On the back side, my driver and 3-wood were straight off the tee and I stuck my irons close to the pins.”
The 16-year-old high school junior-to-be has never led this far in a tournament.
“It is pretty exciting to be leading, but in order to win, I’ve got to go out and play my game tomorrow.”
One-stroke behind Murphy in second place is Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., who fired a second round 67 for a 137 tournament total. Ethan Tracy of Hilliard, Ohio is in third with a tournament total of 139. Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio, sits in fourth with rounds of 71-69—140. Rounding out the top-five are Darrin Cripe of Cromwell, Ind., and Donald Thomas of Murrysville, Pa., who are tied for fifth at 141.
In the Girls Division, after firing a first-round score of 71, 15-year-old White followed with a 73 propelled by an eagle on No. 3.
“I had a great shot 128-yards out that one-hopped into the hole,” White said.
Despite the eagle on No. 3, White struggled on the front side firing a 38. She finished strong with a 1-under-par 35 on the back-nine, thanks to hitting seven fairways and eight greens in regulation.
“The back-nine definitely gave me more stability,” White said. “I hit more greens and fairways, but my putter was still giving me some trouble.”
Jennifer Cassidy of Dalton, Ga., sits in second place after carding an even-par 71 for a 145 tournament total. Rounding out the top three is Laura Nochta of Cortland, Ohio, who is two shots back at 73-73—146.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(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, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Final-round tee-times will run from 7–11:48 a.m. at the Dornoch Golf Club. For more information on the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy’s and Discover Card, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-5196.