Lexington, Ky. – Round two of the 2010 PGA Junior Series event at Kearney Hill Golf Links was completely different than round one. Players had to handle both rainy and windy conditions that forced higher courses but also allowed for individuals to separate themselves from the field.
Round one leader Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., expanded his lead on the field after shooting another 3-under-par 69 for a two day total of 6-under-par 138. Thomas has a five stroke lead over Jared Howard of Dublin, Ohio in the Boys’ 16-18 Division.
The golf course played over four strokes harder in round two than round one for the Boys’ 16-18 Division but with five birdies and a solid ball striking day for Thomas, he was still able to produce a respectable round of golf.
“It was hard to stay positive out there today,” commented Thomas, who played throughout the rain and wind. “However, I hope to hit it like I did today tomorrow, and make a few more putts in the final round.”
The story was very similar for the Boys’ 13-15 Division. Round one leader Jake McBride of Hartville, Ohio shot a 2-under-par 70 for a two day total of 5-under-par 139. His round was highlighted by a bogey free 2-under-par 34 on the back nine.
“I hit the ball pretty solid today and I did not have any three putts,” said McBride who has enjoyed playing this golf course this week. “I attacked the par-5’s with three birdies today and that helped a lot.”
He has separated himself from the field by eight strokes.
Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., shot an even-par-72 for a two day total of 3-under-par 141. She birdied Nos. 15-18 to shoot a 4-under-par 32 on her first nine but was unable to take advantage on the second nine carding a 4-over-par 40.
Martindale is still leading the Girls’ 16-18 Division and remains positive going into the final round tomorrow with a five stroke lead over Jesse Jordan of Urbana, Ohio.
In the Girls’ 13-15 Division Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn., shot a 3-over-par 75 to become the leader at a two day total of 5-over-par 149. She has a four strokes lead over Harley Dubsky of Valparaiso, Ind., who also shot a 75 in round two.
The Boys’ 16-18 Division will be playing in the afternoon wave with the other three Divisions playing in the morning wave.
The Boys’ 16-18 winner as well as the overall Girls winner will both receive an exemption into the 35th Junior PGA Championship later this summer in Fort Wayne, Ind., at Sycamore Country Club.