Local golfers in hunt at North and South

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Pinehurst's Josh Martin was one of two golfers to shoot 70 Wednesday in the second round of the 36th Junior Boys North and South Championship at Pinehurst No. 8. Today, Martin will be looking to add his hometown title to the North Carolina Amateur Championship he won last month in Charlotte.

Martin started his first round with a birdie on No. 10 in what became an even-par 72. He started his second round with birdies on one and two, then finished his day with seven consecutive pars.

Martin, a rising senior at Pinecrest High School, became the youngest player to win the state amateur championship in June.

D.J. Vogt, of Louisville, Ky., was the other golfer to shoot a 70 Wednesday, moving to even par overall.

David Kocher, of Charlotte, shared the lead through one round. He shot 69 Tuesday and 73 Wednesday to be 1 under. Martin, Kocher and Vogt will be the final grouping to begin play at 9:36 a.m. at Pinehurst No. 8.

Sanford's Siranon Shoomee carded one of the best rounds, one of a very few under-par rounds, of the day with a 2-under-par 70 on the second day of the 36th Junior Girls North and South Championship played at Pinehurst No. 6 Wednesday.

Shoomee, a rising junior at Lee County High School, shot a 5-over 77 Tuesday and opened her second round in the three-round tournament with a quadruple bogey eight on the first hole.

The rest of her round Wednesday was flawless to work her way way up the leaderboard, moving into a tie for eighth going into today's final round.

Shoomee, who's the reigning NCHSAA 3A state champion from last fall, made a birdie on the par-five No. 2. She rolled off three birdies in four holes on Nos. 7, 8 and 10. Her 70 was one of five 2-under scores which were the low rounds of the day.

First-round leader Brigette Dunne, a 17-year-old from Camarillo, Calif., followed a 67 with a 72 to stand 5 under overall. She led by four strokes through 18 holes and leads by five going to today's last 18.

Killian Casson, of Ellicott City, Md., and Jacqueline Twitty, of Chapin, S.C., both shot 70 and both are even par five shots behind Dunne.

36th Junior Girls North and South Championship

at Pinehurst No. 6

Round 2 of 3

Leaders and area results

1. Brigitte Dunne, Camarillo, Calif. 67-72 139 (-5)

t2. Killian Casson, Ellicott City, Md. 74-70 144

t2. Jacqueline Twitty, Chapin, S.C. 74-70 144

t4. Sarah Spicer, Bahama 71-74 145

t4. Sera Tadokoro, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 72-73 145

t6. Lexie Toth, Dublin, Ohio 75-71 146

t6. Lauren Chappell, Charleston, Ill. 74-72 146

t8. Siranon Shoomee, Sanford 77-70 147

t8. Ashley Mangan, Clermont, Fla. 76-71 147

t8. Warissara Puangcharoen, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 75-72 147

t8. Micheala Williams, Athens, Ala. 76-71 147

t12. Kayla Thompson, Whiteville 78-70 148

t12. Cecily Overbey, High Point 75-73 148

t12. Alexa Popowitz, Boca Raton, Fla. 75-73 148

t12. Kendall Griffin, Sebring, Fla. 75-73 148

t64. Elizabeth Nguyen, Pinehurst 85-75 160

81. Abby Parsons, Pinehurst 82-85 167

36th Junior Boys North and South Championship

at Pinehurst No. 8

Round 2 of 3

Leaders and area results

1. Josh Martin, Pinehurst 72-70 142 (-2)

2. David Kocher, Charlotte 69-74 143

t3. Jacob Bayer, Lawrenceville, Ga. 73-71 144

t3. Nick Stafford, Belmont 71-73 144

t3. D.J. Vogt, Louisville, Ky. 74-70 144

t6. Tyler Barker, Evans, Ga. 73-73 146

t6. Henry Shimp, Charlotte 73-73 146

t8. Jovan Rebula, South Africa 69-78 147

t8. Daniel Wetterich, Cincinnati, Ohio 74-73 147

t10. Paul Stankey, Eden Prairie, Minn. 74-74 148

t10. Roland Massimino, Lumberville, Pa. 76-72 148

t10. Ross MacDonald, Castle Rock, Colo. 75-73 148

t10. Jonathan Keppler, Marietta, Ga. 76-72 148

t48. Krystian Romero, West End 80-76 156

t73. Jennings Milholen, Pittsboro 80-80 160

t73. Griffin Cryan, Pinehurst 82-78 160

t81. Nash Neptune, Pinehurst 81-83 164