Zhengqian Li of (China) Melbourne, Australia, finished the second round still at the top of the leaderboard. Li made his second eagle of the tournament on the par-5 No. 2.
Li made a birdie on his first hole of the day, the par-5 No. 10. He made two pars in a row before making his first bogey of the day on the par-3 No. 13. Li made another birdie and bogey before making the turn with an even-par 36.
Li made a par on the par-4 No.1 before making his eagle. He made a birdie on the par-5 No. 5 but followed it up with his final bogey of the day on the par-4 No. 6. Li finished his round with a 2-under-par 70, and is 6-under-par 138 for the tournament.
Putting and some drives off the tee went right for me today. Hole No. 2 was my best hole because I made my eagle putt. I just wanted to get as close to the pin as possible to save a birdie.
Li is playing in his first invitational in his first year of AJGA events. The class of 2025 grad won the 2022 AJGA Junior All-Star presented by Auburn-Opelika Tourism and has two other top-three finishes.
Eric Zhao of (Canada) Toronto, Ontario, Canada, jumped up eight spots on the leaderboard after shooting a 4-under-par 67. He sits in second place alone at 4-under-par 140 for the tournament.
Finley Bartlett of Cincinnati, Ohio, sits in solo-third at 3-under-par 141. Talan Harrison of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and Tyler Mawhinney of Fleming Island, Florida, round out the top-five spots with an even-par 144.
Angela Zhang of Bellevue, Washington, extends her lead after shooting a 2-under-par 70. Zhang fired six birdies once again to match her first round.
Zhang started her round with a double-bogey on the par-4 No. 1. She bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 No. 2 but made a bogey on the par-3 No. 3. Zhang made up for her mistake once again, making a birdie on the par-4 No. 4. She made the turn at 1-over-par 37.
Zhang birdied the par-5 No. 10, but made her final bogey of the round on the par-4 No. 11. She made no more mistakes on her final seven holes and made three birdies to finish out her round 2-under-par. Zhang sits 8-under-par 136 for the tournament, and is six shots clear of the field.
I'm not going to think about the round too much tomorrow. I will play as if it's like any other day at golf.
At No. 29 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Zhang is looking to finish strong after an incredible year. She has won three AJGA events this summer, with her first win at the AJGA Junior at Palouse Ridge. The class of 2027 grad earned Rolex Junior All-American honors this year as well as AJGA Junior All-Star team recognition.
Anna Huang of (Canada) Coto De Caza, California, sits in second place at 2-under-par 142. Donina Zhou of Trabuco Canyon, California, is solo-third at 1-under-par 143.
Camille Thai of Los Altos, California, Michelle Ho of San Ramon, California, and Natalie Yen of West Linn, Oregon, are tied for fourth at even-par 144.
The final round tees off Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 tees.