DALLAS—Chandler Phillips poured in a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 in the second round of the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship on Wednesday, posting an 8-under-par 62. He moved to 10-under 130 overall, good for a nine-shot lead headed into Thursday’s final round.
"My putt on 18 felt good, I was pretty sure it was in after I hit it,” Phillips said.
The senior from Huntsville High School’s second round was more than he realized. Phillips’ 62 set Northwood Club’s competitive course record, which was previously held by PGA Tour star Hunter Mahan at 63 strokes.
Michael Perras of Pasadena and Andrew Paysse of Temple share second place at 1-under 139, a distant nine shots behind Phillips. Perras shot 2-under 68 in the second round, while Paysse finished at even-par 70.
Noah Goodwin, who fired a 4-under 66 on Wednesday, Braden Bailey and George Gardner are all tied for fourth place at 1-over 141. Six others are at 2-over 142 with 18 holes to play.
Eighteen college coaches were on the course today, following some of the top junior golfers in this prestigious Legends Junior Tour event.
After the second round, the field was cut to the low 36 and ties. The cut line of 8-over 148 includes 37 players.
Phillips had received an invite to the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, but instead decided to play in the 15thHP Byron Nelson Junior Championship. "I haven’t played well in this tournament in the past and I was looking for a way to redeem myself,” he said.
A second-round 62, which set the course record, is a good way to redeem oneself.
The final round of the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship will begin at 8:00 AM off No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Please click here to go to the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship Homepage.
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About the Legends Junior Tour
The Legends Junior Tour is part of the Texas Junior Golf Alliance, a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association, Northern and Southern Texas PGA and Houston Golf Association. The Tour operates as part of the Texas Golf Association and its Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour has provided over $250,000 to promote junior golf initiatives and exposure to the game to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity across the state. The Legends Junior Tour is home to such prestigious events as the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship, Texas Cup Invitational, Jackie Burke Cup and Texas State Junior Championship.
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