Area Golf Digest

Swords, Daniel stay near top of leaderboard

Annie Swords and Jordan Daniel aren’t letting this week’s on-again, off-again storm clouds rain on their attempts to contend for this week’s Georgia State Golf Association Girls Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Both high school standouts are among the top-15 on the leaderboard after two rounds of play, led by Swords’ 9-over following consecutive rounds of 76 and 77 on Monday and Tuesday.

The tournament’s two leaders — Bailey Tardy of Norcross and Rinko Mitsunaga of Roswell — are the only players under par heading into today’s final round.

Tardy has a two-stroke lead over Mitsunaga at 5-under after 36 holes. Two players are tied for third at 5-over while Swords and Madison Caldwell of Dawsonville are tied for fifth.

Swords captured low-medalist honors for The Heritage School at this year’s Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA state meet.

She opened round two with birdies on No. 11 and 12 and then made the turn after another on No. 18 to stay at 2-over for the tournament before hitting trouble on the front nine. Swords finished with three birdies and eight pars on Tuesday after staying even through most of round one.

A triple-bogey on No. 18 on Monday left her at 4-over after 18 holes.

Daniel, who attends Landmark Christian, is in contention for a top-10 finish while tied for 14th at 18-over following opening rounds of 82 and 80.

She also posted two birdies on the back-nine to start round two on Tuesday. After three consecutive bogeys to start the front nine, Daniel wrapped up Tuesday with six straight pars.

Ivy Shepherd of Peachtree City is in 23rd place heading into today’s final round.

Play also continued in the GSGA’s Junior Championship for boys at The Farm in Alpharetta, with Newnan High’s Carson Vaughn and Northgate High’s Maddux Lytle one stroke apart while making the cut after two rounds.

Vaughn opened the tournament with an impressive 71 on Monday to put himself in contention, before struggling a bit more on the back nine of round two to take a 6-over 150 after 36 holes into today while among six players tied for 16th place.

The Cougar standout put together six birdies in round one before opening Tuesday’s second 18 holes with eight straight pars only to run into trouble on the front nine. He remains just 1-over on par-5 holes for the tournament.

Lytle was a stroke behind Vaughn after posting consecutive rounds of 76. On Tuesday, the Viking standout battled back from two straight bogeys on No. 1 and No. 2 to post three birdies including two on a three-hole stretch before making the turn.

LOCALS COMPETE IN U.S. SENIOR OPEN QUALIFIER: Local pro Ted Meier led finishers from Coweta County in this week’s U.S. Senior Open qualifier at The Standard Club in a round that included a near two-hour weather delay that forced play to be completed on Tuesday morning.

Meier shot a 76 while competing for four qualifying positions and two alternates for the 34th annual tournament to be held July 11-14 at Omaha Country Club.

Craig Stephens, a pro from Dallas, and Jeff Belk, an amateur out of Marietta, shared low medalist honors with a 4-under 68. Also qualifying were Mike Hubert of Orlando, Fla, and amateur Jack Hall of Sea Island, both of whom finished with scores of 2-under 70.

Sharpsburg amateur Larry Hines also competed in the event. Local pro Wyatt Detmer of Newnan withdrew prior to competition.

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