Dunphy, Kim, Matthews & Cranston Take the Lead Heading into Moving Day at National Pines
Innisfil, Ontario (August 28, 2018) – Whitby, Ontario’s Brendan Dunphy continued his steady play in Round 2 of the CJGA’s Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship hosted at National Pines Golf Club. The 17-year-old managed to put together a solid round of even-par 72 in warm and windy conditions to post a two-day total of 3-over (147). The score gives him a two-shot lead in the Junior Boys (U19) division heading into the third round over Gerry Mei (North York, ON) and round 1 leader Dylan MacDonald (Markham, ON) who both sit at 5-over (149). When speaking after the round Dunphy had this to say about his second round.
“Today I think I hit my tee shots very well, this course is really tight. Over the past few days I’ve been able to find the fairway pretty well, which I think has really helped me keep myself out of trouble and eliminate any of the high numbers”.
The overall game plan seems to be working well for Dunphy and he plans to keep the same focus on fairways & greens heading into round 3.
“I’m going to continue with what I’m doing cause its obviously working pretty well, hopefully I can make a few more puts”.
The Junior Girls (U19) division sees Toronto’s Erin Kim shoot her second consecutive 79 for a two-day total of 14-over (158) giving her a narrow one-shot lead over defending Mizuno National Junior Champion Sara Gallagher (Burlington, ON) who remained consistent in round 2.
Continuing with the theme of most of the divisional leaders, Kim said she focused on being conservative and not being overly aggressive.
“The pins were in pretty difficult positions, so I pretty much just aimed at the centre of the greens and let the slope do the work, I really wasn’t concerned with being overly aggressive”.
Playing in the Bantam Boys (U15) division, Justin Matthews (Little Britain, ON) fired a second round of 2-under (70) which included a 3-under back 9 to take the lead heading into moving day at 2-over (146). Speaking after his round the 14-year-old attributed a change in the course conditions and his improved putting to his solid play in round 2.
“compared to yesterday the course was a bit dry today and the greens were rolling pretty well so I was able to make a few puts”.
Andre Zhu (Richmond Hill, ON) is the nearest competitor in the division and currently sits five shots back at (151) after posting a 76 on day two. Rounding out the top-3 in the division is Ellis Kinnaird who’s 2-over (73) in round two helped vault him up the leaderboard.
Katie Cranston took over the lead in the Bantam Girls (U15) division with a stellar round of even-par (72) on day two that featured 4-birdies and a closing 9 of 2-under par. The Oakville, Ontario resident started the day 3 shots back of Vanessa Borovilos (Toronto, ON) but now takes a 5-shot lead heading into tomorrows third round.
The two-day cut sees a total of 29 players starting round 3 in the Junior Boys division & 15 players in the Bantam Boys division, there was no cut for the Bantam or Junior Girls.
Round three of the Mizuno National Junior Championship begins tomorrow (Wednesday, August 28) at 8:30 am.
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