June 19, 2013

Still a hard test

Going low remains a challenge on second day of Georgia Junior Championship


Dalton’s Landon Hicks (90-87) and Tyler Clayton (103-101) saw their tournaments end after the second round.

The final round begins at 8 a.m. today with the remaining 72 players.

For those at the top of the leaderboard, Tuesday’s play was about limiting damage and making up for it when it did happen.

Starting on the front nine, Mobley got off to a fiery start with birdies on three of the first four holes before the rains came. He added to that total with a birdie on the 215-yard, par-3 No. 8 hole and was at 4-under halfway through the round. He pushed that to 5-under for the round and 6-under for the tournament with a birdie on the par-3 11th. But after the rains, he had bogeys on Nos. 12, 15 and 18 to slide back to 2 under.

Byrd started on the back nine and had three bogeys that he offset with four birdies to tie for the lead.

Stachler had a much more roller coaster round than he did in the opener. He had six bogeys on Tuesday after making two on Monday. He did have three birdies, though, and he has played the par-5 12th 3 under through the opening rounds.

“I wasn’t getting my tee shots in good spots,” Stachler said. “I had to scramble around pretty good today just to hang in there. I got a birdie on my last hole that gave me some confidence going into the final round. Seeing the other scores out there makes me feel a little better about my 75.”

Hanson was feeling the same way after his 76 took him back to par.

“If you had told me when we started that I would be sitting at even on this course after two rounds, I would have been more than happy with that,” Hanson said.

Hanson had his troubles at the end of both of his nines. He bogeyed four of the final five holes on the front and finished with back-to-back bogeys on 17 and 18 after a bogey on 14 as well.

But he made up for it on the par 5s, going 1 under on those four holes, including salvaging a birdie on the 12th after going into the bunker on the left front of the green.

“I feel like I can go low tomorrow and shoot a score that will keep me right in the mix,” he said.

Griffin’s Tye Waller and Atlanta’s Will Duma are both five shots out of the lead, sitting at 2 over for the tournament to share fifth place.

• Bailey Tardy of Norcross leads heading into today’s final round of the Georgia Girls Championship after posting a 5-under-par 139 (68-71) through 36 holes on her home course at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.

She holds a two-stroke advantage over Rinko Mitsunaga of Roswell, who is at 3-under-par 141 (72-69).

Tardy and Mitsunaga are the only players in the field with a 36-hole score in red numbers.

The closest competitors to Tardy and Mitsunaga sit eight strokes back at 5-over-par 149, including Janet Jianing Mao of Johns Creek (75-74) and Eunice Yi of Evans (74-75).

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