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Kim Leads HP Boys Through 36 Holes

on 18 February 2013.

Sitting tied for seventh after Saturday's first round, Peter Kim of Metuchen, N.J., carded six birdies Sunday on his way to a 5-under-par 67 and sole possession of the lead at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.

 

Kim has a one-shot lead over Scott Scheffler of Dallas and Brad Dalke of McKinney, who both sit at 3-under-par 141. Kim, a 2012 second-team Rolex Junior All-American, will head into Monday's final round looking for his first AJGA win since the 2011 Lessing's AJGA Classic.

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, 7,311-yard Fazio Championship Course at The Club at Carlton Woods. The 72-player field features players from 22 states, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. The field includes 17 of the top 20 boys in the Polo Golf Rankings and 34 Rolex Junior All-Americans.

 

At the start of his second round, Kim was unsure how the round would go. But after a front-nine that included three birdies, Kim said he was able to turn it on and go from there.

 

“Honestly I had no idea because on the range I wasn't hitting it so great and I wasn't putting well. I was kind of nervous,” Kim said. “I birdied 10, 11, and 12, and saved some pars. I just kept going with the flow. I just felt really satisfied with my round today.”

 

A high school senior, Kim, who is attending West Point in the fall, is in the midst of his last season of junior golf.

 

“I never really expected to put myself in this position,” Kim said. “My Dad and I made this motto that I'm here to enjoy the tournament because it's my last year. I'm here to enjoy the weather, enjoy the golf course, enjoy the golf, and you can't really expect to have more fun than what I'm having right now.”

 

Scheffler, the leader heading after round one, was happy that he was able to finish with a 1-over-par 73 despite some struggles on the course.

 

“It was in the back of my mind, but I didn't really think about it until the end,” said Scheffler of the 2012 tournament where his first-round 66 gave way to a second-round 77. “I missed a lot of putts, but I made a few to keep my round kind of settled.”

Dalke's second-round 71 was full of ups and downs, consisting of seven birdies and two double bogeys.

 

“I put those in the back of my mind to get ready for tomorrow,” said Dalke when asked about the doubles on Nos. 5 and 18. “I did all of that [two double bogeys] today, but I'm still only one stroke back.”

 

In fourth place is Gordon Neale of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., with an even par-144. Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., sits in fifth at 1-over-par 145. 

The final round begins Monday at 8 a.m.