Golf

Ozaki takes over lead in AJGA's Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open

Stephenson continues to lead girls division at Chechessee Creek

sports@islandpacket.comJune 20, 2013 

Japan's Shota Ozaki shot a 1-under-par 69 for the second day in a row to grab the second-round lead by a stroke at the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open at Chechessee Creek Golf Club in Okatie.

In the girls division of the AJGA event, Lexington's Lauren Stephenson carded a 1-over 71, holding onto her first-round lead at 3-under 137.

Ozaki, who started on No. 10 on Wednesday, shot 1-over 36 on his first nine holes. He finished with 2-under 33 on his second nine, with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 en route to his two-day total of 2-under 138.

"I hit almost every fairway, so I didn't get into any trouble today," said Ozaki, who birdied two of the three par 5s during the second round. "It was easy to hit greens."

Ozaki sits ahead of Charlotte's Davis Morrison in second at 1-under 139. Hilton Head Island's Andrew Orischak is two strokes back after back-to-back rounds of 70.

Ryan Dornes of Lancaster, Pa., shot a second-round 67 and is in fourth at 1 over. Tied for fifth is Philip Kelley III of Advance, N.C., and Logan Lanier of Saint Augustine, Fla., at 3 over.

In the girls division, Stephenson began Wednesday with a two-stroke lead over the field. She pushed her lead to three strokes going into the final round after her 1-over-par day.

"I hit the ball just as good as I did yesterday, I just didn't putt as well," Stephenson said. "I mean, I can't be too upset because you don't make them every day and I made all of them yesterday, so it gives me confidence going into tomorrow knowing that I'm still hitting the ball good and that I can shoot low out here."

Stephenson, who also started on No. 10, birdied No. 18 on her front nine and the long par-4 No. 6 on her second nine. She hopes to build off the momentum from her two-round lead.

"I'm not too nervous because I've been in this situation before," she said. "I've just got to go out there and have confidence in myself and just play one shot at a time, and not worry about everyone else."

Aliea Clark of Carlsbad, Calif., trails Stephenson by three strokes at even-par 140 after rounds of 69-71. Venezuela's Clementina Rodriguez, playing out of Hilton Head Island, and South Korea's Ji Eun Baik, playing out of Newnan, Ga., are tied for third at 5 over.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-70 course at Chechessee Creek Club. The event features 57 boys and 19 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states, Canada, Japan and Thailand.

Final-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees.

AJGA Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open

At Chechessee Creek Club, Okatie

Par 35-35--70; boys yardage 6,502; Girls yardage 5,779

Second Round

Boys

Shota Ozaki, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan (2014) 69-69--138

Davis Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. (2013) 70-69--139

Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island (2017) 70-70--140

Ryan Dornes, Lancaster, Pa. (2015) 74-67--141

Philip Kelley III, Advance, N.C. (2014) 74-69--143

Logan Lanier, Saint Augustine, Fla. (2013) 71-72--143

Steven Wysocki, Hoschton, Ga. (2015) 73-71--144

Matthew Giles, Louisville, Tenn. (2015) 73-71--144

Taiga Fujii, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2016) 68-76--144

Zach Seeler, Marion, Ind. (2015) 73-71--144

Billy Johns, Johns Creek, Ga. (2014) 77-68--145

Kobdech Rodrat, Bangkok, Thailand (2017) 72-73--145

Stanton Schorr, Columbus, Ga. (2015) 70-75--145

Matthew Plunkett, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2015) 70-75--145

Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2015) 73-72--145

Stefano Butti, Palm City, Fla. (2014) 72-73--145

Brennan LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, La. (2014) 71-75--146

Saravit Kerdsinchai, Bluffton, S.C. (2014) 73-74--147

Jeffrey Alexander, Port Charlotte, Fla. (2014) 76-72--148

Cody Solomon, Norcross, Ga. (2013) 72-76--148

Jonathan Hsu, Atlanta, Ga. (2015) 78-70--148

Alec Weary, Bluffton, S.C. (2016) 72-76--148

Tennoshin Ogawa, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017) 70-78--148

Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, S.C. (2015) 71-77--148

Andrew Eunice, Moultrie, Ga. (2014) 73-75--148

Walker Wise, Montgomery, Ala. (2015) 76-73--149

Andrew Arft, Casselberry, Fla. (2014) 74-75--149

Joshua Allen, Wilson, N.C. (2015) 75-74--149

Drew Minner, Alpharetta, Ga. (2014) 75-74--149

Zach McLain, Gilbert, S.C. (2016) 71-78--149

Luke Tetreault, Horsehead, N.Y. (2014) 73-76--149

Aaron Purviance, Winston Salem, N.C. (2014) 77-73--150

Evan Grenus, Glastonbury, Conn. (2014) 76-74--150

Nic Vandeventer, Bristol, Tenn. (2015) 73-77--150

Cody Lissner, Ellicott City, Md. (2014) 74-76--150

Austin Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. (2013) 79-72--151

Kyle Mueller, Watkinsville, Ga. (2014) 72-79--151

Rives Fleming, Richmond, Va. (2014) 77-74--151

Raj Ghosh, Duluth, Ga. (2015) 72-79--151

Richard Allen, Evans, Ga. (2014) 72-79--151

Andrew Purcell, Salisbury, N.C. (2013) 73-79--152

Thomas Hoemeke, Suwanee, Ga. (2013) 78-74--152

Philip Loeb, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2015) 75-77--152

Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C. (2015) 77-75--152

Parker Gillam, Cary, N.C. (2017) 74-79--153

Patrick Hallisey, Wethersfield, Conn. (2014) 77-76--153

Thomas Burnett, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2015) 75-78--153

Jacob Lehman, Guelph, Ontario (2014) 79-74--153

Austin Maher, Bluffton, S.C. (2013) 77-77--154

Evan Norfleet, Durham, N.C. (2014) 79-76--155

Jim Beatty, Stephens, Ga. (2013) 77-78--155

August Beisel, Savannah, Ga. (2014) 77-79--156

Francisco Contreras, Davie, Fla. (2013) 79-78--157

Brandon Greenplate, York, Pa. (2014) 79-79--158

Aaron Persily, Charleston, W.Va. (2014) 85-76--161

Will Franzen, Raleigh, N.C. (2014) 84-78--162

Spencer Turner, Amelia Island, Fla. (2014) 80-98--178

Girls

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. (2015) 66-71--137

Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. (2014) 69-71--140

Clementina Rodriguez, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2015) 74-71--145

Ji Eun Baik, Newnan, Ga. (2013) 77-68--145

Anne Taylor Hough, Spartanburg, S.C. (2015) 68-78--146

Lauren Gros, Windermere, Fla. (2014) 74-72--146

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand (2014) 77-70--147

Rei Nakatani, Hilton Head Island, United States (2016) 73-75--148

Ana Paula Valdes, Bluffton, S.C. (2016) 77-72--149

Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, Ga. (2014) 78-72--150

Katy Harris, St. Simons Island, Ga. (2013) 77-73--150

Claire Hodges, Sorrento, Fla. (2017) 74-77--151

Nikki Long, San Antonio, Texas (2014) 72-80--152

Kate Harper, Isle of Palms, S.C. (2016) 74-80--154

Phyllis Tang, Bluffton, S.C. (2014) 76-79--155

Sarah Harrison, Martinez, Ga. (2015) 81-77--158

Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017) 79-82--161

Kasidy Beckel, Okatie, S.C. (2015) 76-85--161

Sophie Riegel, Cary, N.C. (2014) 104-JWD

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