ANDREWS LEADS BY FOUR AT CNL LIFESTYLE COMPANY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Kirby, Shon, Kennedy tied for lead at The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent
PROVIDENCE FORGE, Va. — Bo Andrews, 18, of Raleigh, N.C., followed up his first-round 2-under-par 70 with an even-par 72 to take the lead in the Boys Division of the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship, Wednesday. Jennifer Kirby, 17, of Paris, Ontario, Kelly Shon, 16, of Port Washington, N.Y., and Casey Ann Kennedy, 17, of Venice, Fla., played consistent rounds en route to two-day totals of 2-over-par 146 to take command of the lead going into Thursday's final round at The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship features 99 players from 16 states and two foreign countries. The field consists of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18. The Boys Division is playing The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent as a par-72 at 6,983 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,058 yards.
Andrews carded three birdies on the day including one on the difficult par-4 No. 8 which he bogeyed during the first round. The 2007 honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American stuck with his game en route to another consistent round.
“Tomorrow I want to keep doing the same thing,” Andrews said. “I'm not going to force it, I want to stay positive and we'll see what happens.”
Tied for second at 2-over-par 146 are Wilson Day, also of Raleigh, and Daniel Walker of Earlysville, Va. Six shots behind Andrews in fourth are Rich Leeper of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Jack Wilkes of Roanoke, Va.
In the Girls Division, Shon came out firing, shooting the only under-par round in the Girls Division, a 1-under-par 71. Her round featured five birdies including ones on the par-3 Nos. 7 and 12. The 2007 honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, who is going into tomorrow's round with no expectations, credited smart play as her key to success today.
“The past couple of weeks I've been playing well,” Shon said. “This week I've been putting better and playing consistently.”
Kennedy, who celebrated her 17th birthday during Tuesday's first round, stuck to her game plan to play consistent golf. She recorded one birdie on the day and shot a second round 2-over-par 74.
“Today the course was playing tough with the wind,” Kennedy said. “But I was able to make a lot of short putts and par saves. Tomorrow I'm going to go for the middle of the greens, play safe and make pars.”
Kirby, who also shot a 2-over-par 74, had four birdies on the day on Nos. 3, 7, 8 and 16. She credited her iron shots and some good birdie putts as keys to saving her round that she described as a battle.
“The front nine I got myself into a bit of trouble and made some big numbers,” Kirby said. “But tomorrow I want to give myself a lot of looks for birdie and hit a lot of greens.”
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership — boys and girls ages 12-18 — of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 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.
The final round of the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship is Thursday, August 21 with tee times running off the first tee from 7:15 a.m. — 12:25 p.m. at The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent. For more information about the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship, please contact Tournament Director Whitney Ross at (770) 861-0519.