Donohue and Reinertson are tied headed into the final day at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities
Talley expands her lead to five strokes at Short Hills Country Club
East Moline, Ill. — Max Donohue of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon, Neb., are tied at 4- under-par 140 headed into the final round of the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities. Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., shot a 2-over-par 74 in the second round to extend her lead to five strokes with a tournament total of 2-over-par 146.
The AJGA Junior at Quad Cities is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline, Ill. The tournament field includes 75 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18 from 18 states and Thailand. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,694 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,123 yards.
After leading following the first round, Donohue constructed a gameplan to remain atop the Boys Division.
“I just wanted to get up and down for par,” Donohue said. “I got a few good saves. “
Reinertson had four straight birdies on the front nine of the second round to finish with a two- under-par 70.
“My putting today was really good, and I made some birdies on the front nine,” Reinertson said.
Donohue and Reinertson are both class of 2014 graduates and either could get their first AJGA win.
Voramate Aussarassakorn of Bangkok, Thailand sits in third place with a 1-over-par 145, five shots back from the leaders. Jacob Fair of Monett, Mo., is six shots back with a two-over-par 146. Rounding out the top five boys are Josh Edison of Springfield, Ill., and Carson Hillery of Dubuque, Iowa, are at six-over-par 148.
Similar to Donohue, Talley remained in first, but created a five stroke gap going into the final round. The second round played tougher for the six-time AJGA winner.
“My putting was really good but the greens played really hard and to get your approach shots close is really difficult out there,” Talley said.
Maggie Chio of Bradenton, Fla. sits in second place with a two-day total of 7-over-par 151. Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division are Aliea Clark of Carlsbad, Calif., and Lauren English of Bloomington, Ill., with 9-over-par 153.
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Final-round tee times for the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities will run from 7 a.m. — 12:10 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Short Hills Country Club. For more information about the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities, contact Tournament Director Curt Haag at (678) 995-4322.