Big movers set to strike in final round of Fort Worth Junior Tournament

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The sun was shining and the breeze was calm and refreshing Tuesday at Ridglea Country Club, which hosted the second round of the Fort Worth Junior Girls Tournament.

However, the course was also longer and tighter than the rain-soaked Glen Garden course the girls faced the day prior.

The stark contrast between the conditions surrounding the first two rounds made Tuesday the equivalent to a Saturday “moving day” on the pro tour.

“I think this course separated the people who were actually playing really well and the people that weren’t playing as well,” Southlake’s Adriana Morillo said. “Yesterday’s course was a lot easier and it really brought a lot of people into the game. Today, it was pretty tight and a lot of hazard and it was playing pretty soft so you weren’t getting much roll, so I think it’s definitely harder than yesterday.”

Tuesday’s big mover was Jacey Patton of Fort Worth Temple Christian, who began the round in a tie for 16th with an 81. On Tuesday, Patton’s approach game kicked into high gear, leading to a 4-over 76, which puts her in fifth place.

Patton’s second-round score was bested by the two-day tournament leader Erica Lautensack of Arlington High, who followed a Round 1 2-under 70 with a 3-over 75.

Moving up on the second day has become Patton’s modus operandi in the Fort Worth Junior Tournament. Last year, she rallied from a first-round 81 to finish fourth in the championship flight. She put up a second-round 79 last year at River Crest, the host of Wednesday’s final round.

Patton said she loves Wednesday’s course because it allows her to utilize her long-approach game that worked for her Tuesday.

“When we play shorter distances, my short game isn’t very good,” she said. “The longer distances I’m better at because I don’t have to use my short game as much.”

Ahead of Patton after two rounds are Kim Kyong of Crowley and Alex Schies of Arlington Oakridge.

Kyong was one of the most consistent players through both days, following a first-round 76 with a second-round 78 to move her into third place. She will join Lautensack and Jessie White in the leaders’ threesome Wednesday.

Schies gained just one stroke from her first-round score, posting a 78 Tuesday, to take sole possession of fourth place.

Schies was on par with several of her competitors, saying that the golfers must stay in the fairway Wednesday to have a chance at the title.

That being said, they all echoed the thoughts of Patton on winning the tournament.

“It would be a career highlight,” she said.

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