Greenwood Village golfer stands alone at All-Star
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village followed his sizzling opening round of 68 with an even-par 72 on a windy Wednesday at the Aspen Golf Club to take sole possession of the lead in the boys division heading into today’s final round at the Junior All-Star at Aspen.
In the girls division, Thursday’s round feels like an afterthought after Regina Alonso of Huixquilucan, Mexico, extended her lead to a commanding 12 strokes Wednesday with a 3-over-par 147.
The tournament ” which is hosting 57 boys and 17 girls, ages 12-15, from 15 states and Canada and Mexico ” is one of nine stops on the American Junior Golf Association’s All-Star Tour.
Thirty mph winds on Wednesday made it difficult for players to make a club selection, but Clark was confident from the start.
“I just had to adapt to my surroundings. A lot of holes where I would normally hit driver I chose a different club today,” said Clark, who sits at 4-under-par with a two-round score of 140. “That’s where I should be [in first place].”
Marcel Puyat of Bradenton, Fla., moved up into second in the boys division with a round of 74 for an even par two-round score of 144. Tied for third are Christopher Ingham of Pinecrest, Fla., and Charlie Saxon of Tulsa, Okla., at 1-over-par 145. Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., rounds out the top five, at 2-overpar 146.
Saxon tied Clark for the lead on Tuesday with his opening round of 68, but struggled Wednesday, firing a 77.
Alonso was all business in the girls division, extending her lead by five strokes from the first round. She began the day off the 10th tee carding a 3-over-par 39 that included a birdie on the par5 15th. Alonso finished the round sharp with an even-par 36 on the front nine including two birdies.
“You play to improve everyday.” Alonso said. “Today I improved on hitting the greens, tomorrow I’ll improve on my putting. My goal is to break par.”
Michelle Butler of Dunedin, Fla., moved into second place behind Alonso with a 15-overpar 159 for the tournament. Janie Jackson (Huntsville, Ala.), Michele Chun (Chino Hills, Calif.), Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn.) and Catherine Herrera (Houston) are tied for third at 18over-par 162.
Among the locals in the field, Aspen’s Bobby Moyer had a score of 174 after two rounds and Omri Gildor had a 199.
Final-round tee times for the Junior All-Star at Aspen begin at 8 a.m. Thursday from hole No. 1 and No. 10 at the Aspen Golf Club.
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