71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship
Round Two Results
The results from the second round of the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship at Florence Country Club in Florence, S.C. on July 29, 2020. (6,429 yards, par 34-36--70)
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Griffin Tarver of Tega City, S.C. has fired back to back 66’s at the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship and leads the field entering the final round of action at Florence Country Club at 8-under-par, 132 total.
Tarver got off to a hot start with a bogey-free, 4-under-par front nine. With birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 8, he made the turn in the lead.
“I really played the front nine well today. I had everything going,” Tarver said. “It felt really easy. Everything was coming to me, and I was making a lot of putts. It really feels great when you are playing like that.”
For Tarver, the back nine didn’t come so easily. He felt like he lost his ball striking touch and made bogeys on Nos. 10 and 13. Tarver said that he managed his game though and was able to turn things around. The No. 10 ranked player in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings was able to navigate Florence Country Club’s final three holes for a pair of birdies to bring him to even-par on the back nine and 4-under-par on the day.
“I feel good about playing another round tomorrow,” Tarver said. “I’m going to go out there, compete and see what happens. I don’t have a particular number in mind. Being in the last group, I’ll have an idea of what it’s going to take while I’m out there. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Alongside Tarver in the final group will be Gene Zeigler of Florence, S.C. A member at Florence Country Club and future South Carolina Gamecock, Zeigler led the championship after the first round at 7-under-par. Despite not playing as well as he would have liked, Zeigler made birdie on all three of the par 5s and was able to scrape together a strong finish to stay near the top of the leaderboard. With Wednesday’s round of 70, he is one stroke off of the lead entering Thursday’s final round at 7-under-par, 133 total.
“I feel like I’ve got to get back to the mindset that I had yesterday of trying to make birdies and beat the golf course up rather than playing against it,” Zeigler said. “The course beat me up on the front side today, so I’ve got to stay aggressive. I’ve got to work on a few things with my ball striking and I’ve got to make sure my putter stays sharp. Other than that, I feel good.”
Max Green of Hilton Head Island, S.C. will be the third and final member of the last group off the tee. Green, Tyler DeChellis of Clayton, N.C. and William Jennings of Greenville, S.C. are all tied for third at 4-under-par, 136 total.
The cut line for the low 60 and ties settled at 8-over-par following Wednesday’s second round. The final round of the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship will get underway at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning at Florence Country Club with 65 players remaining in the field.
71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship
Florence Country Club, Florence, S.C.
Second Round Results
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