E.A. Sports Today

Lecroy has best day

Donoho ninth-grader makes five birdies in his lowest round of West Coast trip

By East Alabama Sports Today

IRVINE, Cal. — Jacob Lecroy continued his trend of posting better rounds each day, enjoying the best day on his West Coast tournament tour yet with a 1-over-par 73 in the second round of the Veritas World Junior Championship.

Lecroy, a rising ninth-grader at Donoho, made five birdies at Tustin Ranch Golf Course Wednesday. He was at 4-over 148 for the tournament, tied for ninth, 14 shots behind leader Gun-il Moon of Encinitas, Cal., in the boys 14-15 division.

“It was an OK round, it could’ve been better,” he said. “I just feel like I’m learning the courses I’ve played better each day.”

He birdied two of his first five holes and was 2-under through 10 holes. He played his final six holes in 3-over, with bogeys on three of his last four holes.

“I’m excited about (the score), but it had the opportunity to be way better; I had a chance to play with the big group tomorrow,” he said. “I’m not necessarily counting myself out (but) I’m going to have to play incredible. I’m trying to finish in the top 5, the top 3.

“It’s all about keeping focus; that’s one of the hardest things in golf. I would lose focus on one of those (late) shots and it’d mess me up for the next one. I’ve got to focus more, keep my head in the game.”

The way his scores have dropped with each round of the trip, the logical progression for Thursday’s final competitive round on the trip is to take it under par. He is confident it can happen.

“I can definitely do it,” he said. “I’ve just got to go out there and perform.”

WOMEN’S STROKE PLAY: Jessica Howard of Alexandria, a rising sophomore at Montevallo, shot a second-round 80 and is fourth in the first flight of the Women’s State Stroke Play Championship at Shoal Creek. She is at 167 for 36 holes.

Defending champion Alison Hovatter of Meridianville shot 69 and leads overall by four shots.

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