McDaniel, Pisciotta sit atop the leaderboard at The Ledges
Pattamakijsakul holds her lead in the Girls Division
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, Ky., and Michael Pisciotta of Alpharetta, Ga., carded a 3-under-par 139 to lead the Boys Division after the second round of the AJGA Huntsville Junior. Thanya Pattamakijsakul of Nonthaburi, Thailand, keeps the lead posting a 6-under-par 136 heading into the final round.
The AJGA Huntsville Junior is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Ledges in Huntsville, Ala. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 12 states and 2 countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-71 course at 6,953 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,990 yards.
First-round leader, Pisciotta, played consistent with an even-par 71 after the second round. Pisciotta made birdies on both Nos. 1 and 4.
I was pretty steady, Pisciotta said. I had nine straight pars on the front nine and I hit every green besides No. 17, I got lucky and saved my par.
McDaniel posted a second-round 1-under-par 70. McDaniel claimed victory earlier this summer at the 2011 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star. His round today included three birdies and an eagle on No. 15.
I played good, hit some shots and didn't really scramble a whole lot, McDaniel said. On No. 15 I made a 6-footer for eagle and I had just birdied the hole before. That really got me going.
Eric Edwards of Salisbury, N.C., is in third place with a 2-under-par 140. Tied for fourth place are Blake Messer of Hampton Cove, Ala., and Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., carding a 1-under-par 141.
In the Girls Division, Pattamakijsakul fired a second-round score of 3-under-par 68. Pattamakijsakul's round included five birdies to increase her lead to seven shots heading into the final round.
My putting is really good, Pattamakijsakul said. I am just going to play as best as I can this tournament.
Tied for second place, Anna Hack of Paducah, Ky., and Elizabeth Doty of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., posted 1-over-par 143.
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The final round of the AJGA Huntsville Junior will tee off of Nos. 1 and 10 tees at 7:30 a.m. For more information on the AJGA Huntsville Junior, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2424 or visit the AJGA website at ajga.org.