GREENSBORO, N.C. – Australian Karl Vilips, the No. 1 player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, claimed sole possession of the lead after a second-round 2-under-par 68. Vilips leads by one stroke heading into Thursday’s third round at Sedgefield Country Club’s Pete Dye Course, totaling a 5-under-par 135.
“I was a lot more aggressive today than yesterday,” said Vilips. “I went for No. 3, No. 15, and I really had a lot of opportunities again. I just was unable to really capitalize on my opportunities on the greens.”
The Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T enters its 17th year in Greensboro, North Carolina, with 72 of the top boys in the country. Seventy-eight alumni of the Invitational have gone on to compete on the PGA TOUR, including Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, along with past champions Justin Thomas and Brian Harman.
Vilips, out of Wesley Chapel, Florida, is bidding to win his fifth AJGA tournament and third Invitational. The Stanford commit previously finished third over Memorial Day Weekend at the Thunderbird International Junior.
Orlando’s Eugene Hong and Austin Greaser of Vandalia, Ohio, are tied for second one stroke back at 4-under-par 136. Hong, a University of Florida signee and a previous winner at the Wyndham Invitational, had the low round of the day with a 5-under-par 65. Greaser’s three back-nine birdies offset two opening bogeys for a late surge.
Trey Davis of Plumas Lake, California, is in solo fourth after 36 holes at 3-under-par 137. Drew Doyle of Louisville, Kentucky, and Trey Bosco of Austin, Texas, sit tied for fifth at 2-under-par 138.
Third-round tee times will run from 7 a.m. ET to 10:50 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 14.
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About the AJGA
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, the American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 6,900 members from 50 states and 60 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.