Golf Plus | Philip Knowles leads local players at Boys' Junior Championship

July 10, 2014 

NOTEWORTHY

• Bradenton's Philip Knowles leads the area contingent in the 16-18 age division of the 60th Boys' Junior Championship being held at Belleair Country Club in Belleair. Knowles has a 2-under-par 140 total through two rounds.

The final round of the 54-hole tournament is scheduled for Thursday.

• Bradenton's Jessica Korda takes aim at the RICOH Women's British Open on Thursday with her first round beginning at 11:26 a.m. (local time) off the first tee. Korda missed the cut in two straight events, including the U.S. Women's Open, before a tie for 54th place last week. She won the Airbus LPGA Classic in late May.

Korda has made the cut in Women's British Open just once, a tie for 25th last year, since becoming a full-time LPGA Tour player in 2011.

• IMG Academy alum Cheng-Tsung Pan, who is ranked No. 47 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, tied for 10th place in the recent Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash. Pan finished with a 3-over-par 291 total, 11 shots behind the winning total of California's Mark Anguiano.

• The Florida State Junior Amateur Match Play event is coming to the area with the boys 13-15 and girls 13-18 age divisions competing July 23-26 at IMG Academy Golf Club.

During the same time, the boys 16-18 age division is set for The Oaks Club in Osprey.

Both fields will be trimmed after 36 holes of stroke play to determine match-play brackets.

The 80-player field at IMG Academy will feature 16 boys and eight girls vying for the championship in match play, while the 84-player field at The Oaks will begin match play with 32 golfers.

HOLES-IN-ONE

• On June 25 at IMG Academy, Mark Flanagan aced the 174-yard 8th hole with a 4-iron. Witnesses were Brendan Flanagan, Bud Hankey and October Hankey.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer

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