LUBBOCK, Texas — Matthew Perrine of Austin, Texas carded two eagles on the front nine that vaulted him into the top spot in the Boys Division after the second round. Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas, proved to be unaffected by a rain delay as she held on to her lead in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Sean O'Hair Junior All-Star Championship is a 54-hole stroke-play event held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. The 94-player field features 77 boys and 17 girls from 17 states, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,816 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 5,977 yards.
The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15 and presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into Open tournaments. The series concludes with the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Perrine was on fire early in his round as he eagled Nos. 2 and 9 to give him a 1-stroke lead on the rest of the field with a two-day total of 5-under-par 139. Perrine credited his eagles and his low score to his short game.
"I chipped and putted very well today," said Perrine. "I was not hitting my irons very well, but my chipping and putting saved me."
Just one stroke back from the leader after two rounds is Corbin Kasten of Southlake, Texas, who sits at 4-under par 140. Austin Eoff of Benton, Ark., and Daniel Jaramillo of Medellin, Colombia are currently tied for third with totals of 3-under-par 141. Rounding out the leaders in the Boys Division are Rigel Fernandes of Bradenton, Fla., and Brandon Pierce of Covington, La., who both sit at 2-under-par 142.
In the Girls Division, Abe has separated herself from the field with a two-day total of 3-under-par 141. A rain delay brought Abe off of the course just a few holes after starting, but she managed to put together a successful round even after returning to play in harsh conditions.
"Playing in this wind was very difficult," said Abe. "The wind was pushing the ball all over the place." Abe has been playing in AJGA events since 2008 and appears to be confident heading into the final round with the lead.
"I'm comfortable heading into tomorrow because I know there are a lot of holes out there that I can make birdies on," said Abe.
Playing in just her second AJGA event, Hee Wook Choi of San Diego, heads into the final round sitting in second place after finishing the second round at 1-under-par 143. In third place in the Girls Division is Tatiana Pineda of Bogota, Colombia after finishing the first two rounds at even-par 144.
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 30 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.
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. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
The final round will be an 8 a.m. shotgun on Thursday, July 8. For more information about the Sean O'Hair Junior All-Star Championship, please contact Tournament Headquarters at 806-742-4653, or visit the AJGA website at ajga.org.
Second-round results from the Sean O'Hair Junior All-Star Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University.
Par: Boys: 36-36—72; Girls: 36-36—72.
Yardage: Boys: 6,816;Girls: 5,971.
Rating/Slope: Boys: 72.4/129; Girls: 74.1/129.
Matthew Perrine, Austin, Texas 71-68—139
Corbin Kasten, Southlake, Texas 71-69—140
Austin Eoff, Benton, Ark. 68-73—141
Daniel Jaramillo, Medellin, Colombia 69-72—141
Rigel Fernandes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 68-74—142
Brandon Pierce, Covington, La. 72-70—142
Bernardo Curbelo, Bradenton, Fla. 70-73—143
Jordan Batchelor, St. Johns, Fla. 70-74—144
Jack Adolfson, Niwot, Colo. 71-73—144
Robert Deng, Irvine, Calif. 74-70—144
Justin Jennings, Amarillo, Texas 70-74—144
Angelo Jose Gandionco, Cebu City, --, Philippines 73-71—144
Jake Potter, Dallas, Texas 74-71—145
Matt Welch, Henderson, Nev. 76-70—146
Trey Kidd, Honolulu, Hawaii 75-71—146
Lucas Moreno, Bogota, --, Colombia 72-74—146
Aaron Guanlao, Haslet, Texas 70-76—146
Andrew Scamardo, College Station, Texas 74-72—146
Brad Dalke, Mansfield, Texas 71-76—147
Todd Alan McDonald, Little Rock, Ark. 73-74—147
Austin Duhon, Orange, Texas 70-77—147
Kirk Thomas II, Bossier City, La. 72-75—147
Michael Hodson, Amarillo, Texas 73-74—147
Tsz Fung Tony Mak, Richmond, B.C. 70-77—147
Nick Leitner, Tucson, Ariz. 74-74—148
Osama Khan, St. James, Barbados 76-72—148
Landon Johnson, Pepeekeo, Hawaii 73-75—148
Eric Ricard, Shreveport, La. 72-76—148
Jack Vanderburg, Lubbock, Texas 78-70—148
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. 77-71—148
Jack Williams, Garden City, N.Y. 73-75—148
Bret Howey, Nazareth, Pa. 75-73—148
Andrew Hudson, Burleson, Texas 74-74—148
Lonnie Smith, Bellaire, Texas 71-77—148
Ian Mankoff, Lake Forest, Ill. 74-75—149
Maxwell Miller, College Station, Texas 73-76—149
Rodrigo Munoz, Bradenton, Fla. 77-72—149
Grant Griffin, Fort Worth, Texas 76-73—149
Terrence Zhang, Orlando, Fla. 74-76—150
Matthew Sullivan, Katy, Texas 72-78—150
Miguel Collado, Xalapa, Mexico 73-77—150
Gwangjin Lee, San Diego, Calif. 76-74—150
Hud Morse, Fort Worth, Texas 81-69—150
Cody Byford, Round Rock, Texas 76-74—150
Carlos Trevino, Monterrey, --, Mexico 74-77—151
Andrew Sohn, Los Angeles, Calif. 75-76—151
Carter Patterson, The Woodlands, Texas 75-76—151
Caulen Coe, Gulfstream, Fla. 75-76—151
William Martinez, Austin, Texas 77-74—151
Christian De La Cruz, San Antonio, Texas 77-75—152
Luke Park, Monument, Colo. 74-78—152
Troy Vela, Mansfield, Texas 76-76—152
Ryan Lloyd, Honolulu, Hawaii 76-76—152
Timothy Taylor, Fort Collins, Colo. 72-80—152
Kevin Cullen, Venice, Calif. 77-76—153
Ian Shapiro, Milton, Ga. 77-77—154
John Sams, Coushatta, La. 76-78—154
John Rafael, Corpus Christi, Texas 73-81—154
Joey Muckler, Centennial, Colo. 79-75—154
Joey Hearn, Austin, Texas 75-80—155
Reed Aren, Long Grove, Ill. 77-78—155
Isaac Alderete, Albuquerque, N.M. 81-75—156
Clarke Hudgins, Amarillo, Texas 80-76—156
Cody Dazen, Shamong, N.J. 78-78—156
Jonathan Vasquez, Bryan, Texas 80-77—157
Andrew Wright, Mansfield, Texas 79-78—157
Zach Tracy, Houston, Texas 79-79—158
Joshua Montoya, Lubbock, Texas 78-81—159
Jeffery Cheung, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. 80-80—160
Jonny Slater, Old Tappan, N.J. 78-84—162
Ethan Yamada, Arvada, Colo. 80-82—162
Nicholas McCall, Winnetka, Ill. 80-84—164
Michael Herrera, Houston , Texas 80-86—166
Austen Christiansen, Spring, Texas 86-81—167
Sean Crisp, Austin, Texas 78-91—169
Sam Goldfarb III, San Antonio, Texas 92-82—174
Tanner Fischer, Lubbock, Texas 90-84—174
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas 68-73—141
Lee Wook Choi, San Diego, Calif. 70-73—143
Tatiana Pineda, Bogota, Colombia 71-73—144
Jordan Ferreira, University Place, Wash. 70-75—145
Taylor Coleman, San Antonio, Texas 72-76—148
Anna Sophia Bohmer, Cali, Colombia 71-77—148
Rachel Lewis, Gig Harbor, Wash. 74-76—150
Anna Kim, Broken Arrow, Okla. 75-79—154
Kristen Miller, Austin, Texas 78-77—155
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas 81-74—155
Sara Riascos, Bogota, Colombia 81-77—158
Libby Thomas, Midland, Texas 73-86—159
Sarah Moore, Burkburnett, Texas 79-80—159
Brooke McDougald, The Woodlands, Texas 79-83—162
Avery French, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 81-83—164
Dana Clary, Cedar Park, Texas 82-84—166
Klara Castillo, Albuquerque, N.M. 88-80—168