American Junior Round 2 Recap

Field is tight going into final round of the 2016 American Junior     

St. Augustine, Fla. – The final round of the 2016 American Junior on Friday is shaping up to be an exciting conclusion. There were some big changes on the leaderboard after round two, but the field in both divisions is tight at the top.

Three of the leaders from round one dropped back in the field, with the most surprising being Toby Briggs of the United Kingdom. Briggs was even after round one, but had a disastrous round two, finishing +7 and putting him into a four-way tie for seventh.

Thacher Neal from Kingsland, Ga. held a two-stroke lead going into round two of the tournament, but at the end of the day, he found himself tied for the lead with Jun Kin of the United States at +1 going into the final round.

Two bad holes added four strokes to his scorecard as he double-bogeyed 12 and 15 on the back nine. Neal finished +3 for the round.

“I hit some bad shots today,” Neal said after signing his scorecard. “Both of them were off the tee and I had to take drops. And, I missed a short putt on 15. I had a birdie, par, birdie finish so that’s alright.

“If I can play as good as I did on the last three holes, I will do pretty good tomorrow. Everything was pretty bad today”

Kin was tied for ninth after the first round at +4. In round two he turned up the heat and recorded an eagle and three birdies to offset two bogeys for a 69 for the day.

Hein Sithu from Myanmar has a solid hold on third place going into the final round. He finished at 74 in round two and has a +4 score going into the final round.

“I tried not to make any more mistakes like yesterday and I tried to be more consistent with every shot,” said Sithu. “My putting was better than yesterday. I practiced on my putts before I went out on my round and then it worked out.

“Some parts of my game weren’t working today, like my iron shots, but I am just going to practice with them and try my best tomorrow. I am quite confident, but I still have to try my best.”

There was a shakeup at the top of the Girls’ leaderboard as round one leader Anna Nordfors of Sweden dropped to third place after leading the field at -1 going into round two. She stands at +4 heading into the final round.

Filling her position at the top of the leaderboard is Jo Hua Hung from Taiwan. Hung finished round two with a 68 today giving her a -1 total at the end of round two.

“I think my putting is better,” Jo Hua said of her second round. “I hit on the fairways 100% and I learned quite a bit from yesterday.”

Valeria Mendizabal Riepele of Guatemala is currently in second place after two rounds. She shot a 70 today, giving her a -1 total going into round three.

“I was very comfortable on the course and shot a 70 today,” said Mendizabal Riepele. “I tried to maintain focus and calm down, and that made a good score. I got to know more of the greens and the speed today. Hopefully I play as well as I did today and represent Guatemala good tomorrow.”

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