SNOEY TAKES SECOND-ROUND LEAD AT WENATCHEE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Moon holds onto lead in Girls Division
WENATCHEE, Wash. â€” Daniel Snoey of Camas, Wash., took the two-day lead after he fired a 1-under-par 71 on Wednesday at the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee. He currently sits with a two-day total of 4-under-par 140 and has a one stroke lead. Seo Hee Moon of Mukilteo, Wash., held onto her first round lead after she shot a 2-over-par 74 in Wednesday's second-round. She sits with a two-day total of even-par 144.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee is a 54-hole stroke play event is being held at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. The tournament field features 71 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from 12 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course from 6,363 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,980 yards.
Snoey started slow and found himself 2-over-par through eight holes, but he rebounded, recording birdies on 9, 10 and 13 to finish the round at 1-under-par 71. Although he takes the lead into the final-round his strategy will not change.
â€śI'm going to try and hit fairways and greens.â€ť Snoey said. â€śIf I can put myself into position to hit greens out here I'm going to make some putts the style of this course and the way its set up is perfectly suited for my game.â€ť
Niall Platt of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Mark Wyllie of San Jose, Calif. are tied for second, each with two-day totals of 3-under-par 141. Tied for fourth are Brett Komoto of Honolulu and Sulman Raza of Eugene, Ore. Both sit at 2-under-par 142.
Moon continued her steady play to take the lead heading into the final-round on Thursday. She started the day off right with a birdie on the 488 yard par-5 1st. Her 2-over-par 74 gives her a two stroke lead over Briana Mao of Folsom, Calif. She attributes having the lead to a great short game.
â€śMy putting has been really good and has saved me a lot this week,â€ť Moon said. â€śMy short game has been phenomenal.â€ť
Mao sits in second with a two-day total of 2-over-par 146. Katrina Hegge of Seattle, rounds out the top three with a two-day total 3-over-par 147.
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.
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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 AJGA Junior at Wenatchee will run from 7 a.m. â€” 12:10 p.m. off the No. 1 tee Thursday at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. For more information, please contact Tournament Director, Sean Riley, at (678) 617-2420.