CORSEMAX/PHILADELPHIA RUNNER JUNIOR
The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent
Elverson, Pa. • July 31 - August 3
BRANNAN LOOKING FOR FIRST AJGA WIN HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
ELVERSON, Pa.— Sean Brannan of Hollidaysburg, Pa., fired a 35-33-68 to card a tournament total of 138 Wednesday in the second round of the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior. In the Girls Division, an even-par tournament total of 140 kept Lindsey Solberg of Verona, Wis., atop the leaderboard by four strokes at French Creek Golf Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior is a 54-hole stroke-play competition featuring 95 boys and girls from 21 states at French Creek Golf Club. The Boys Division plays to a par-71 6,538 yards, while the Girls Division plays to a par-70 5,248 yards.
Brannan hit all 18 greens in regulation and his solid iron play set him up to make five birdies on the day, four of them on the back nine.
“On the par-4 No. 12 I hit my second shot to four feet and made the putt for birdie,” Brannan said, who also hit 11 fairways on the day. “I also birdied No. 4 after hitting the fairway with my driver, a hybrid wood to 90 yards, and putting a sand wedge to seven feet.”
Brannan had a few par saves during his low round day, one being on the par-3 fifth hole.
“The hole was downwind so I hit a sand wedge,” Brannan said. “It bounced, hit the hole, leaped up and off the flagstick and rolled 20 feet away from the hole.”
This is the second time in two weeks that Brannan has been in the lead headed into the final round and this time he plans to come away with his first AJGA win.
“It would mean a lot to me to win this tournament and my first AJGA event,” Brannan said. “I am just going to try to play solid, hit all 18 greens in regulation again, and focus on my own game.”
Jeffrey Chen of Walnut, Calif., stands two strokes back in second with a tournament total of 140, while Ajeetesh Sandhu of Bradenton, Fla., is in third at 141. Tied for fourth with tournament totals of 142 are Jake An of Centreville, Va., Chris Rockwell of Owings Mills, Md., Amory Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Neal McCarty of Sierra Vista, Ariz.
In the Girls Division, Solberg played a fairly consistent round, but said she felt she had to scramble to save par.
“On No. 6 I pushed my drive into the rough, hit two bad shots out and ended up in the bunker,” Solberg said. “I chipped out of the bunker to six feet and made a left to right putt for the par save.”
Solberg has never won an AJGA title, but claimed it would be an honor to do so this week.
“To win an AJGA title is always something I have wanted,” Solberg said. “They are great events that draw amazing competitors so it is a great way to rate yourself and see how you rank against the junior elites.”
Andrea Watts of Lone Tree, Colo., is in second, four strokes back, with a tournament total of 144, while Margaret Pentrack of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Won Joo Choi of Temecula, Calif., stand tied for third with tournament totals of 150.
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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The final round of the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior will be Thursday at French Creek Golf Club with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior please contact Tournament Director Greg Smith at (678) 315-3446.