DORAMUS CLINGS TO ONE-SHOT LEAD AT DODGE/BOB ESTES ABILENE JUNIOR
Weaver establishes seven-stroke cushion at Abilene Country Club
ABILENE, Texas â€” Joe Doramus of Little Rock, Ark., turned in a 1-over-par 73 Wednesday to carry his one-shot lead into Thursday's final round. In the Girls Division, Lauren Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz., improved on her first-round score carding a 3-under-par 69.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Dodge/Bob Estes Abilene Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Abilene Country Club â€” Fairway Course. The tournament field consists of 89 boys and 30 girls, ages 12 to 18, from 12 states, Mexico, Japan, and British Columbia. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,041 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,155 yards.
Doramus found himself 6-under-par for the tournament after completing 27 holes. Although he left some shots on the back nine, he retained the lead with a 68-73â€”141 two day total. His birdie on No. 4 was the crowning achievement of the day. Doramus, verbally committed to attend the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2009, is looking for his first AJGA tournament win.
â€śI'm not worrying about what the other guys are shooting,â€ť Doramus said. â€śI've had trouble putting three consistent rounds together. If I win I will have a boost of confidence.â€ť
In a three-way tie for second place are Colton Staggs of Tulsa, Okla., Tim Mitchell of Austin, Texas, and Jes Sanders of Rogers, Ark., all at 2-under-par 142. John Cassidy, also of Tulsa, is the solo owner of the fifth spot on the leaderboard at 1-under-par 143.
In the Girls Division, Weaver gained a seven-stroke advantage over the field shooting a 72-69â€”141 two-day total. The 2007 HP Scholastic Junior All-American recorded birdies on Nos. 3 and 9 on the front nine, and then birdied Nos. 11, 13, 14 and 16 on the back nine. Her goal tomorrow is to fire the lowest round possible. Even with a strong lead Weaver doesn't plan to play conservative.
â€śI made a lot fewer mistakes today,â€ť Weaver said. â€śI'm going to stay aggressive and try to hit greens with my irons as close to the flag as possible.â€ť
In second place after two rounds is Brooke Bailey of Abilene, Texas, with a 4-over-par 77-71â€”148. Katie Paxton of Spring, Texas, is now in third place after completing her round at 5-over-par 72-77â€”149.
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The final round of the Dodge/Bob Estes Abilene Junior will be Thursday, July 17 with tee times running off the No. 1 tee from 7 a.m. â€” 12:51 p.m. For more information about the Dodge/Bob Estes Abilene Junior, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 601-5196.