ALEXANDER CITY, AL (June 14, 2017) – With a putt for eagle on the 17th hole, Kyle Cox of Carrollton, Texas, eked out a one-shot lead over local talent, Ethan Hagood of Birmingham during the second round of the Southern Junior Championship at Willow Point Golf & Country Club in Alexander City, Alabama.
Cox (66-68-134), a 17-year-old three-time District Champion and AJGA Junior All-Star, posted six birdies and an eagle to finish the 2nd Round at 10-under par.
Willow Point G&CC was re-designed in 2002 by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, who (along with Ron Whitten) also designed Erin Hills, the site of the U.S. Open Championship, where the SGA’s Amateur of the Month (March), Sahith Theegala is competing this week.
Blake Burnette of Blairsville, GA, had his first Hole-in-One on the 174-yard Hole-13.
Austin Coggin of Vestavia Hills, AL, finished his round four back.
The cut was at +4 and 67 players will be in the field for the Final Round on Thursday.
The Southern Junior (#SouthernJr), a 54-hole stroke play tournament, is open to male amateurs who have reached their 14th birthday by the start of play and have not yet had their 19th birthday, have a USGA Handicap Index of 12.4 or less and are not members of a college golf team. Please visit our website for full results and pairings.
The Junior Champion will have his name added to the prestigious Perry Adair Trophy, which is housed at the Southern Golf Association Headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama.
About the Southern Golf Association:
The Southern Golf Association, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest golf organizations and serves member clubs over a 14 state area. Recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Regional Golf Associations as one of the leaders in the promotion of Amateur Golf, SGA championships are selected for inclusion as criteria for selecting players for USGA and State team competitions. Through the years, SGA Champions have been chosen to represent various state golf associations in selected team competitions, including the Walker Cup and World Amateur. The SGA is host to the Southern Junior Championship as well as the Southern Amateur Championship and hosts the international award, the “Amateur of the Month”, to a deserving amateur golfer on a monthly basis.