EAST FALMOUTH, MA — Robert Deng of Irvine, Calif., shot a tournament-low round of 3-under-par 69 and took a four-shot lead in the Boys Division. Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., separated herself from the Girls Division field by shooting 2-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Golf Club of Cape Cod. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and three countries. The Boys Division plays the course at 7,013 yards while the Girls Division plays the course at 6,159 yards.
Deng built off his solid first round performance with a consistent, results-oriented round. Two birdies on both the front and back nine paved the way to the top of the leaderboard.
“Everything just happened for me today,” Deng said. “Eighteen more holes and hopefully I can keep it together.”
A win would give Deng his first AJGA victory, but he says it would mean more than just a trophy to put on the shelf.
“It definitely would show what I’m all about. I want to play well each and every time out.”
John VanDerLaan of Southbury, Conn., is in second place at 2-over-par 146. Tripp H’Doubler, Atlanta, and Joseph Ko, North Hills, Calif., are tied for third at 3-over-par 147. Jonathan Woods of Duxbury, Mass., is in fourth at 4-over-par 148.
Whaley made her big push on the back nine, carding three birdies to finish the day under par. She will begin the final round with a four-shot lead.
“I was even at the turn, but I knew I could go low,” Whaley said. “After that I was very steady.”
Samantha Marks of Maitland, Fla., is in second at 5-over-par 149. Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J., is in third at 6-over-par 150.
About the AJGA
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 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 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, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, 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 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Final-round tee times will run from 8:00 – 10 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Golf Club of Cape Cod. For more information about the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 485-1135.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?