Southern Junior: Local favorite Lawrence holds lead
RICHMOND, VA (June 14, 2013) -- Local favorite Mark Lawrence Jr was leading the 41st Southern Junior Championship when storms halted Thursday’s second round at the Country Club of Virginia’s Tuckahoe Creek Course. Roughly half the field of 166 national and international juniors were still on the course when the storm struck and condtions didn’t allow play to resume before darkness.

The second round is to be completed Friday morning, the field cut to the low 72 and ties, and the survivors sent back out shortly after noon for the final 18 holes.

Lawrence, one shot off the lead after the first day, was one-under through six holes to take a slim lead over first-round co-leader Davis Shore of Knoxville. Lawrence is an all-state Virginia schoolboy at Godwin High in suburban Richmond; Shore is a 14-year-old phenom who made high school all-state in Tennessee as an eighth grader. When play resumes, Shore will have a tap-in birdie putt on his fourth hole that would pull him even with Lawrence.

The champion will earn a berth in the 107th Southern Amateur next month in Houston.

ABOUT THE Southern Junior

54 hole stroke play event. The field is typically limited to 156 entries, with a 13-14 and a 15-18 age group. Entries are open to male, amateur golfers who have a current USGA Handicap Index of 12.4 or less, and who are not members of a college golf team.

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