Huge second day for Hobson nets career Henke-Berg round

Huge second day for Hobson nets career Henke-Berg round

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Huge second day for Hobson nets career Henke-Berg round

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Bishop Verot graduate Hallianne Hobson had a strong day two at the Nolan Henke-Patty Berg Junior Masters golf tournament to move into first place.

Bishop Verot graduate Hallianne Hobson had a strong day two at the Nolan Henke-Patty Berg Junior Masters golf tournament to move into first place.

Bishop Verot graduate Hallianne Hobson parlayed a strong offseason into the best one-day outing of her golf career at the Nolan Henke-Patty Berg Junior Masters golf tournament on Thursday at River Hall Golf Club.

The Samford signee shot a 3-under 69 to lead all golfers on the second day of action, going from fifth to first, and carries a 1-over 145 to lead a strong girls field that includes three others in contention for the tournament’s top prize on Friday.

Naples graduate Emily Black carded a 3-over 75 and St. John Neumann graduate and University of North Florida signee Sydney Shrader produced a 2-over 74 to remain two shots behind Hobson, while Estero sophomore Kim Egozi slipped with a 5-over 77 to fall six shots behind the leader.

Seacrest Country Day graduate Anna-Marie Kuenzle struggled with a 10-over 82 to drop nine strokes off the lead.

Hobson, a three-time News-Press All-Area Player of the Year finalist, said it was an improvement in her irons and a stellar day on the greens that ultimately produced her best 18-hole outing of her career – which yielded her first score under 70, she said.

“I cashed in on opportunities where I gave myself chances for birdies with my wedges,” Hobson said. “But at the same time, I rolled in some long puts on par 4s that normally I wouldn’t make. I had the line and made the putts. Yesterday I made a lot of stupid mistakes and today I didn’t.”

Estero’s Egozi holds own in stacked Junior Masters girls field

The picture-perfect outing also came a little over a month before her debut as a Division I golfer with Samford, where Hobson hopes to step on the course right away and contribute among college veterans.

“It proves that I’ve been practicing hard and especially going into Division I college golf, it’s exciting to know I can compete,” said Hobson, in her fourth Henke-Berg Junior Masters tournament.

The lead in the boys 16-18 field, meanwhile, grew larger on day two for Barron Collier’s Sam Hershoff who took a commanding edge with a 1-over 73 on Thursday to move into a six-shot lead.

Punta Gorda’s Jake Haas carded a 3-over 75 to move ahead of Estero’s Luke Farmer, who stumbled with a 7-over 79 to remain eight shots back of Hershoff.

Albright back leading Henke-Berg Junior Masters

In the boys 13-15 division, incoming Naples freshman James Tureskis remained in firm control of the round and the field following a 2- over 74 to carry a six-shot lead and a 5-over 149 into Friday.

“I just got off to a good start, and I made putts early,” Tureskis said. “I tried to keep the ball in the fairway and I had one birdie.”

Hobson’s day included three straight birdies on holes 11, 12 and 13 and included one massive 22-foot putt on 12.

“I was like, ‘Oh cool,’” Hobson said. ‘‘I don’t have to make another putt.’”

Nolan Henke-Patty Berg Junior Masters results

Girls 13-18

Hallianne Hobson 76 69 145

Emily Black 72 75 147

Sydney Shrader 73 74 147

Kim Egozi 74 77 151

Anna-Marie Kuenzle 72 82 154

Boys 16-18 

Sam Hershoff 74 73 147

Jake Haas 78 75 153

Jordan Farmer 76 79 155

Bobby Hurst 77 78 155

Adam Beatty 78 78 156

Boys 13-15

James Tureskis 75 74 149

Chad Tracy 78 77 155

Tyler Humphrey 81 74 155

Joey Burke 76 84 160

Josh Mesmer 81 79 160

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