Noah Goodwin and Kristoffer Reitan share 36-hole lead at the AJGA PING Invitational
Noah Goodwin <br>(Golfweek Photo)
Noah Goodwin
(Golfweek Photo)

STILLWATER, OK (October 9, 2016) -- Noah Goodwin surged into a first place tie with Kristoffer Reitan at 5-under thanks to 9-undef 63 in Sunday's AJGA PING Invitational second round. The two will lead first round co-leader Noah Norton, who is 3-under and in third by two-strokes.

Goodwin, a 2018 SMU commit, shot a disappointing 4-over 76 in the first round before catching fire on day two. The round began with six front nine birdies as Goodwin, who finished second in this event last year, turned in 6-under 30. The highly touted junior player birdied Nos. 1-3 and Nos. 7-9.

Goodwin started his back nine with his only bogey of the day, before sprinting to the finish with birdies on Nos. 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Kristoffer Reitan of Norway moved into a share of the lead with a 3-under 69. Throughout his round Reitan, a 2017 Texas commit, was able to birdie five holes while bogeying only two. The best stretch of the day for the 2016 European Junior Ryder Cupper came when he birdied three holes during a four hole stretch from Nos. 3-6.

Noah Norton remained in the mix with an even-par 72, Jacob Bergeron is in fourth at 2-under following a Saturday 4-under 68 while Philip Barbaree and Khavish Varadan are the last two players under-par at 1-under in fifth.

First round co-leader Andrew Lewis fell into a tie for ninth at 3-over.

In the Girls Division 2017 UCLA commit Paphangkorn Tavatanakit is leading Lucy Li by three-strokes. Tavatanakit is 9-under following rounds of 68-67. On Sunday Tavatanakit was bogey-free while also carding five birdies.

Rachel Heck and Hailey Jones are tied for third at 2-under.


Noah Norton and Andrew Lewis have moved in front by a stroke at the AJGA PING Invitational thanks to first round 3-under 69's.

Norton came out of the gates rolling at Karsten Creek Golf Club with five birdies in his first seven holes to quickly reach 5-under. The birdies came on Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7. After the birdie on the 7th Norton cooled off a bit and finished his round with a pair of bogeys and the rest pars.

For Lewis, his day was highlighted by a quick start as well. The round began with a par but jumped into high gear with birdies on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes, plus another on No. 9 to reach 4-under. Heading home Lewis made his only mistake of the day, a 13th hole double-bogey, before closing with a momentum building birdie.

LSU commit Phillip Barbaree and Norway's Kristoffer Reitan are tied for third after posting 2-under 70's. Barbaree, one of the last players to complete his first round, reached the top of the leaderboard with a five birdie, three bogey day. Barbaree birdied three of his first five holes.

Reitan birdied five holes, bogeyed one and carded a costly double-bogey on No. 18 to conclude his round.

The day one top-five is rounded out by Ricky Castillo and his even-par tally.

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