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Jerry Ji still leads Boys' Jr. Orange Bowl International
First round leader Jerry Ji <br>(Golf New Zealand Photo)
First round leader Jerry Ji
(Golf New Zealand Photo)

CORAL GABLES, FL (December 29, 2016) - Jerry Ji continues to impress at the Boys' Junior Orange Bowl International Amateur and with one round remaining at the Biltmore Golf Course his lead will be five shots.

Ji, from the Netherlands, followed up his first two stellar rounds with another solid round, this time carding a 2-under 69 to move to 15-under after three rounds.

On Friday Ji birdied four-times while bogeying just twice as he extended his advantage from four to five shots. Ji started his round quickly with birdies on Nos. 1 and 5 before falling back to level-par for the day with 12th and 13th hole bogeys. Unfazed Ji closed strong with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18.

Pierre Pineau (France) is in second place at 10-under. In the third round Pineau carded a 3-under 68 to follow up rounds of 65-70.

In third place it is a trio of players at 8-under; Adrien Dumont de Chassart (Belgium), Andrea Romano (Italy) and Leopoldo Herrera (USA).

Girls' Division

In the Girls' Division it is all Lily May Humphreys who after sits at 11-under and 10-strokes clear of the rest of the field.

Humpreys, from England, pulled away on Friday with a 5-under 66 that included six birdies and only one bogey. The third round birdies for the 2017 English Women's Amateur came on Nos. 2, 4, 5, 9, 12 and 15.

Goto Miyu (Japan) is a distant second at 1-under, Cory Lopez (Mexico) is in third at even-par, in fourth it is Valeria Pacheco (Puerto Rico) at 1-over while Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (France) and Anne Yu (USA) are 2-over in fifth.

ROUND TWO RECAP

With a 6-under 65 in the second round Jerry Ji has moved to 13-under and taken a comfortable lead through two rounds at the Boys' Junior Orange Bowl International Amateur. Ji will carry a four-stroke lead into the third round at the Biltmore Golf Course.

Following up his first round 7-under 64 the native of Netherlands quickly found his grove on Thursday sprinting out to a 7-under start through 11 holes. Beginning on No. 10 Ji birdied the opening hole before adding additional birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, while also adding an eagle on the par-5 18th and then birdies on the 1st and 2nd holes to reach 14-under for the tournament.

With still seven holes remaining Ji wasn't able keep his early momentum going carding two bogeys and just one birdie the rest of the way but he still sits in prime position at the halfway mark. Ji is looking for a season capping win after already claiming the 2017 Noordwijk Junior Open and taking third at the International Juniors of Belgium.

Adrien Dumont de Chassart (Belgium) and Nicolai Hojgaard (Denmark) are sharing second at 9-under while Andrea Romero (Italy) and Pierre Pineau (France) are fourth at 7-under.

Defending champion Karl Vilips (Australia) is 1-under and tied for 15th following 36-holes.

Girls' Division

After beginning the day as part of a four-way tie for the lead Lily May Humphreys has freed herself from the pack and now leads by four shots. On day two Humphreys, the 2017 English Women's Amateur winner, signed for a bogey-free 4-under 67 to move to 6-under. The round included four birdies, with the first falling on No. 3, and the rest coming in succession on Nos. 13-15.

Cory Lopez (Mexico) and Goto Miyu (Japan) are sharing second at 2-under, Valeria Pacheco (Puerto Rico) is 1-under in fourth and in fifth at 1-over it is Anne Yu (USA) and Sophia Bae (USA).

ROUND ONE RECAP

The Netherlands Jerry Ji opened the Boys' Junior Orange Bowl International with a 7-under 64 to take the lead by one with still three days of play remaining.

Ji jump started his round with a birdies on each of the first two holes while also penciling in circles on Nos. 4 and 7 to turn in 4-under 31. Still playing sharp on the back nine of the Biltmore Golf Course, Ji added consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-16 to reach 6-under and despite a slip up on the 17th the 2017 Noordwijk Junior Open finished on a high note with a closing birdie.

Along with his victory also finished third at this years International Juniors of Belgium and sixth at the 2016 Belgian International Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Andrea Romano (Italy) and Pierre Pineau (France) are sharing second at 6-under while Nicolai Hojgaard (Denmark), Rasmus Hojgaard (Denmark) and Jake Beber-Frankel (USA) are sharing fourth at 4-under.

Defending champion Karl Vilips (Australia) didn't have his A game on Wednesday and he is currently tied for 20th following an even-par 71.

Girls' Division

In the Girls' Division there is a logjam atop the leaderboard with a quartet of players tied at 2-under 69.

The group includes Franziska Sliper (Norway), 2017 English Women's Amateur winner Lily May Humphreys (England), 2017 Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and Scottish Ladies Open Amateur Stroke Play Golf Championship winner Linn Grant (Sweden) and Sophia Bae (USA).

A pair of players are one shot back tied for fifth at 1-under. The duo includes Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (France) and Rachel Kuehn (North Carolina)



ABOUT THE Junior Orange Bowl

72-hole invitation-only event. Players must not have reached their 19th birthday by the end of the tournament and must not be participating on a College/University team. The field is limited to a maximum of 72 Boys and 42 girls representing US and Foreign Countries. There are no age categories and there is no cut during the Championship. Invitations are sent out in mid- September. The tournament's alumni list includes current professional players Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, and Lexi Thompson.

The golf tournament is just one of 15 competitions among The Junior Orange Bowl Festival. This volunteer-led, not-for-profit organization hosts athletic, academic, and cultural competitions that draw over 7,500 youth from Miami, the State of Florida, across the United States, and over 76 countries worldwide to compete. The annual marquee event rounding out each festival season is the Junior Orange Bowl Parade, a community based youth parade that travels through the historic streets of Coral Gables featuring high school and college marching bands, floats and various youth and community groups attracting over 35,000 families, friends, and neighbors. It dates back to 1948.

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