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Siebers has clubhouse lead as rain stops Junior PGA
01 Aug 2018
by PGA of America

see also: Junior PGA Championship, Valhalla Golf Club

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2018) – Nearly two inches of heavy rain put a damper on the second round of the 43rd Boys PGA Championship Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club. Play was first suspended for three hours and 17 minutes during the downpour. Then, 54 players of the 144-player field went back out on the course, until play was suspended due to darkness at 8:45 p.m. EDT.

Ian Siebers, 16, of Bellevue, Wash., shot an impressive 4-under par 68 to catapult into the clubhouse lead. Siebers turned in a clean card with four birdies versus no bogeys.

William Moll, 17, of Houston, currently stands second in the clubhouse at 5 under for the championship, following a 1-under 71. Starting on the back nine, Moll overcame four bogeys overall, with five birdies respectively on Nos. 17, 18, 2, 4 and 7.

“I got my putter rolling, and I worked a little on my swing,” said Moll, a Vanderbilt commit. “I feel I am in a good position.”

Among those who finished their round, four players are in a tie for third at 4 under. This includes Travis Vick, 18, also of Houston, who matched Moll with a 71 for the day. His scorecard also reflected a five birdie, four bogey round.

Also in the group is first-round co-leader Campbell Kremer, who cooled off with a 2-over 74, following a personal best 6-under 66 on Tuesday. Kremer is the great-grandson of Valhalla founder Dwight Gahm.

“I still have a lot of confidence in the course, and I think I should play well the next two days,” said Kremer.

BYU commit Cole Ponich, 18, of Farmington, Utah, shot an even par-72 to also have a share of third—among finishers on the day—while University of Georgia commit Nicolas Cassidy, 17, of Johns Creek, Ga., carded a 1-under 71 (69-71 140).

Still on the course are two players tied at 6 under for the overall lead. First round co-leader Ryan Grauman, of Alamo, Calif., is even-par through nine holes carded. Luke Kluver, of Norfolk, Neb., is 1 under for his round through 11 holes played. Also on the course is defending champion Akshay Bhatia who is 3 over through eight holes and is currently T-18 overall.

The second round will resume Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Upon completion of the second round, a cut will be made with the top 70 players and ties advancing to the third round, which will start approximately at noon.

ABOUT THE Junior PGA Championship

One of golf’s major championships for juniors, the Boys Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start. Begun in 1976, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, the Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today’s PGA touring professionals including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Pat Perez, who held the record for 24 years until Akshay Bhatia shattered it by 5 strokes in 2017. 72-hole, stroke-play Championship, with a cut after 36 holes to the low 70 plus ties. The Boys Junior PGA Championship is open to males who are no older than 18 years of age by the end of the tournament.

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