John Edgin carded the only under-par round at the 14th annual Chuck Morton Memorial Junior Golf Tournament on Thursday.
And the golfer from Ozark clings to a one-stroke lead going into today’s final round of the ASGA Designated Stroke Play event at Big Creek Golf & Country Club.
Edgin struggled through the front nine with two bogeys and a double bogey, but fired three birdies on the last six holes on a bogey-free back nine, sending him to a 1-under 71.
Edgin is currently one stroke ahead of Fayetteville’s Denver Davis, who is the leader by two strokes in the 14-15 age division.
Three golfers — Fayetteville’s Grant Hynes, Little Rock’s Miles Smith and Hermitage’s Hayden Lassiter — are two strokes behind Edgin in the 16-18 division. Jonesboro’s Will Gibson shot a 74 and is in second place in the 14-15 division and sixth in the overall standings.
Katelyn Dunstan of Little Rock is the girls’ overall leader after one round, shooting a 37 on the front and 36 on the back for a consistent 1-over-par 73.
Dunstan is four strokes ahead of both Maumelle’s Taylor Loeb and Josie Roberson, the latter of which is the 14-15 age division leader.
Rogers’ Kate Robertson is six strokes off the lead at 79.
Among local competitors in the tournament, three Harrison golfers are within eight strokes of the lead. Jake Badovinac carded a 76 and is tied for 10th place overall, while Logan Greer is tied for 13th at 77 and Jackson Marseilles is at 79.
Harrison’s August Reynolds shot an 81, Harrison’s Landon Jackson shot a 90, Harrison’s Gatlin Edwards and Mountain Home’s Matt Robbins each shot 91, Mountain Home’s Dylan Osmon shot 100 and Mountain Home’s Ben Hagaman shot 101.
Mountain Home’s Bradley Ludwig shot an 88 and is 12th in the 14-15 age division, while Harrison’s Nicholas Thiel shot a 61 over nine holes and is the only 10-11 age group competitor.
Fayetteville’s Palmer McSpadden leads the boys’ 12-13 grouping after firing an 81.
Last year’s boys’ and girls’ champions are not in this year’s field, so new champions will be crowned from among the 61 boys and 14 girls participating.
Friday’s final round is scheduled for another shotgun start at 8 a.m.
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14th annual Chuck Morton Memorial Junior Golf Tournament
at Big Creek Golf & Country Club
Boys’ overall standings
1st-John Edgin, Ozark…71
2 nd-Denver Davis, Fayetteville…72
3rd-Grant Hynes, Fayetteville…73
3rd-Miles Smith, Little Rock…73
3rd-Hayden Lassiter, Hermitage…73
6 th-Will Gibson, Jonesboro…74
7 th-Mitchell Ford, Little Rock…75
7 th-Jay Trusty, Danville…75
7 th-Ryan Spurlock, Maumelle…75
10 th-Jake Badovinac, Harrison…76
10 th-Christian Griffith, Greenwood…76
10 th-Mark White, Jr., Gentry…76
Girls’ overall standings
1st-Katelyn Dunstan, Little Rock…73
2 nd-Taylor Loeb, Maumelle…77
2 nd-Josie Roberson, Maumelle…77
4 th-Kate Robertson, Rogers…79
5 th-Allie Weiner, Maumelle…80
6 th-Alexis Montgomery, Maumelle…81
7 th-Mary Claire Meredith, Jonesboro…84