The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Thunderbird Junior All-Star used a large four-shot swing at No. 1 by Ryan Malixy to get into a stroke of leader Nicki Oh on Saturday, which promises to lead to a wild finish in Papago.
Malexi, who started Round Four Stroke from American, made a four-under-par 68 card for a 36-hole 134, just one shot back from Oh, who signed for a Fat 8 in the Par-5 opening hole that Filipinos The birds did.
Oh, who had a rare double eagle at No. 1 on his way to 65 in the first round, hit a few wrong shots to start the second when he was blocked by 71 and left the door open for Maliksi, a 15-year-old who played in the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. He will return to the Philippines in May.
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The tournament drew 15 AJGA champions, including four of the top 150 in the Rolex AJGA rankings.
Alabama’s Scarlett Schreimer and California’s Bridget Chantharth pulled 138 shots each after a 66 and 67, respectively, and Nevada’s Brian Kurt combined for a 69, a 139, creating a stage for a final round of shootout between five contestants.
Oh, Malixi and Srema will be in the final group which will start at 8:08 am on Sunday.
Maliksi, ranked 25th on the Rolex AJGA, is following in the footsteps of the AJGA for its Wire-to-Wire win at the Ri Pak Desert Junior last year.
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