LEADERS UNCHANGED AFTER DAY TWO IN SPRINGFIELD
Long, Thead 6-under going into final round
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The second day of the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship has come to a close but at the end of the second round the leaderboard remains mostly unchanged. Jace Long of Dixon, Mo., continues to lead the Boys Division after firing an even-par 72 Wednesday for a two-day total of 6-under-par 138. In the Girls Division, Julia Thead of Poway, Calif., carded a 4-under-par 68 to extend her lead to three strokes and end the second round with a two-day total of 6-under-par 138.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Rivercut Golf Course. The 98-player field features players from 18 states. The par-72 course is being played at 6,927 yards for the Boys Division and 6,011 yards for the Girls Division.
Staying consistent, Long fired two birdies and two bogeys on the day to end the round with even-par 36s on both sides of the course. Despite retaining his three-stroke lead going into the final day, Long said his round was plagued by putting troubles.
“I hit the ball well today but my putting was terrible,” Long said. “My irons were working though so that helped a lot. I was able to hit 13 or 14 greens today because of that.”
Long, who has not finished outside the top ten in any of the events he has played in this year, is looking for his second win of the season. He goes into the final round with a three stroke lead.
“Tomorrow I hope to just putt better, hit the ball the same and just come out and play,” Long said.
In second place with a two-day total of 3-under-par 141 is Andy Hogenmiller of Washington, Mo. One stroke behind Hogenmiller in third place is Bradley Moody of Jefferson City, Mo., with a two-day total of 2-under-par 142. In a four-way tie for fourth place with 1-under-par 143s are Talor Gooch of Midwest City, Okla., Chris Worrell of Enid, Okla., Michael Wuertz of Davenport, Iowa, and Nick Langley of St. Louis.
In the Girls Division, Thead extended her lead after coming into the round two strokes ahead of the competition. Carding five birdies and only one bogey, Thead said the round went better than she expected.
“I would have been happy shooting par out here so the fact that I went even lower makes me ecstatic,” Thead said.
Turning in a score of 2-under-par 34 on both the front and the back nine, Thead said she looks to continue her strong play going into the final round.
“Tomorrow I just want to stay calm and try and play a good round and not think about the outcome,” Thead said.
In second place behind Thead is Kristen Schelling of Mesa, Ariz., who carded a 3-under-par 69 to end the second round with a two-day total of 3-under-par 141. Crystal Reeves of Broken Arrow, Okla., currently sits in third place with a second-round total of 5-over-par 149.
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 49 states and 25 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Final-round tee times for the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship begin at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Thursday. For more information on the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2424.