Scottsdale, AZ – William Mouw of Chino, California, and Sadie Englemann of Austin, Texas, managed to fight through the windy conditions in the second round to hold on to their leads. Both leaders finished the day with a score of 1-over-par. Mouw is currently 4-under-par and Englemann is currently 2-under-par headed into the final round.
This is the 20th anniversary of the Thunderbird International Junior, an event that has been hosted by Grayhawk Golf Club every year on Memorial Day since 2000. The tournament has had notable past champions such as Ryan Moore, Brian Harman, Morgan Pressel and Ariya Jutanugarn. The field this year includes nine of the top-10 boys in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and seven of the top-10 girls.
Mouw recorded four birdies on the day and closed out his round strong with birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 to get to 4-under-par 136 for the tournament. Last year, Mouw finished fifth at the Thunderbird International Junior and earlier this year he won his first AJGA event, the PING Heather Farr Classic. The high school senior has signed a National Letter of Intent to Pepperdine University.
Stephen Campbell Jr. of Richmond, Texas, and Jake Beber-Frankel of Miami, Florida, are T2 at even-par 140 for the tournament. Campbell Jr. shot the best round of the day with a 3-under-par 67 that included an eagle on No. 14. Beber-Frankel was only one behind him with a 2-under-par 68 in the second round.
Ian Siebers of Bellevue, Washington, is in fourth place after carding a second-round even-par 70. He sits six strokes back of Mouw heading into Monday. Taehoon Song of (South Korea) Buena Park, California, and Luke Potter of Encinitas, California, are T5 at 3-over-par 143 for the tournament.
In the Girls Division, Englemann rattled off five straight pars to start her second round, which led to her 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. She recorded two birdies on the day and remains the only girl in the field to shoot a round in the 60s. The Stanford University verbal commit still holds a one-stroke lead going into the final round. Englemann has won four times and is currently No. 12 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Alexa Melton of Cavina, California, is the only other girl who is under par through two rounds after firing scores of 72 and 71. Melton’s second round score of 1-under-par 71 was the lowest round of the day in the Girls Division. The high school senior has signed a National Letter of Intent to Pepperdine University and has one win at the 2018 Clubcorp Mission Hills Desert Junior.
Zoe Antoinette Campos of Valencia, California, and Xin (Cindy) Kou of (China) Windermere, Florida, are T3 after shooting 2-over-par 146 through two rounds.
Bohyun Park of (South Korea) Farmers Branch, Texas, Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, California, Hailey Borja of Lake Forest, California, and Rose Zhang of Irvine, California, are T5 after shooting a 3-over-par 147 through two rounds.
Third-round tee times will begin at 7:15 a.m. and run until 9:15 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Grayhawk Golf Club on Monday, May 27.