Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Golf:Legaspi takes 2 stroke lead in Optimist junior golf

Junior golfer Clare Marie Legaspi stayed sharp in the early goings then played decent in the final nine to book a second round even-par 72 and take a two-stroke lead against top Florida-native Sierra Books in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Florida.Legaspi, a two-time winner in the US Kids Golf World Championship, almost had a one-under card built on three birdies and two bogeys after nine holes but she crashed in the latter par with two more birdies against a birdie at the back for a 35-37 card.With a 144 aggregate, the bespectacled Legaspi moved within 18 holes from wrapping up the girls’ 10-11 division crown although Brooks remained within striking distance with a 146 after a 73.Brooke Henderson of Canada carded a second straight 75 for third at 150 while Abbey Carlson of Illinois stood two shots adrift at 152 after a 76.ICTSI’s Sarah Ababa recovered from a first round 75 with an even par 72-147 but remained 10 strokes off Thai Panitta Yusabai after two rounds of play in the girls’ 14-15 category.Yusabai fired a four-under 68 for a 137 as she posted a one-shot lead over compatriot Pavarisa Yoktuan, who had a 138 after a 67.Marie Andre Legaspi, older sister of Clare Marie, skied to an 80 after a 72 and dropped to joint 13th at 152. – Adrian Flores, GMANews.TV

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