Walla two back in Classic
Hometown favorite Kristin Walla trails two leaders by two strokes today, after shooting an 80 Tuesday in the opening 18 holes of the Colorado PGA Foundation Aspen Junior Golf Classic at the Aspen course. Today, the Junior Classic defending champion and rising AHS senior will play with Boulder’s Carla Scanniello and Englewood’s Donegan, who both shot 78s yesterday.
The second and final round tees off at 7:50 a.m., with the boys and girls leaders expected to round the stretch about lunchtime. Mark Hubbard of Denver leads the 15- to 18-year-old boys field, with a 1-under par 72. Montrose’s Chris Lundberg and Denver’s Pat Grady shot 76s to share second place.John Darling of Littleton, in the 12- to 14-year-old boys division, shot an 86 to take a two-stroke lead over Aspen’s A.J. Morris into the final day.
Hot and sunny conditions made for nice golfing weather in the morning Tuesday, but winds and more heat in the afternoon made it challenging.”Conditions were meant for scoring before 11 o’clock,” said tournament director Alden Richards. “Kristin Walla shot an even par on the front side and then ballooned to an 80 on the back nine, when the winds picked up.
“Conditions were a lot easier in the morning, and conditions should be much the same [Wednesday],” Richards continued, “with high winds in the afternoon.”The junior-junior boys will tee off first today, followed by the junior girls and junior boys.”So the older girls and boys should be in for a windy round, all 18 holes,” Richards said.
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