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Algya Maintains Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Junior Championship Lead
DALLAS – Trevor Algya of Highland Village maintained his lead at 4-under in the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Jr. Championship. He finished his second round at Lakewood Country Club with a 1-over 72, ending the day with a one-stroke lead.
Algya started his day smoothly with a 2-under front nine, thanks to birdies on the par-4 1st hole and par-5 9th hole. On his back nine, Algya produced four bogeys that set him back a couple of shots, but not enough to take him out of the lead.
“I didn’t execute some shots that I should have,” said Algya of his back nine struggles. “My putter wasn’t working as well today as it was yesterday.”
Algya still remains positive heading into Thursday’s final round.
“Solid tee shots and landing spots on greens is my mindset throughout the whole tournament, especially for tomorrow,” Algya says of his game plan for the final round of the championship.
As Algya sits alone in first, there are 5 players tied for 2nd. Henry Guan, Andrew Petruzzelli, Ben Delarosa, Preston Stout, and Kevin Mu all sit at 3-under par total.
Defending champion, Preston Stout of Richardson, carded a 1-over par 72 today in the second round.
Stout was steady throughout his day by going 3-under through 14 holes. He then proceeded to go 4-over in his last four holes.
“I am not too happy about that,” says Stout about his finishing holes. “But that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Stout made an electric eagle by driving the green on the par-4 16th hole.
“The hole was downwind so I ripped my driver to 20-feet,” the Oklahoma State commit recounts. “I was able to just one-putt for eagle, so that was nice.”
Lakewood Country Club’s very own member Andrew Petruzzelli was on fire today as he carded the round of the day with a 5-under 66.
Petruzzelli finished his front nine one-under par and was able to finish his back nine strong.
“I just stayed patient all day,” Petruzzelli said. “The ball kept dropping in.”
Petruzzelli indeed had the ball dropping as he made 7 birdies total in the second round.
“I was wedging it close and pretty much made everything,” he says.
The TCU commit knows this course well as he has been a member at Lakewood for a while.
“I have been here my whole life,” Petruzzelli said. “I’m out here every day and glad to be a member here.”
Sitting alone in 7th is Waco’s Brayden Bare at 2-under par. Bare carded an even-par 71 today in the second round.
A trio of players are tied for 8th at 1-under par. Nicholas Logis, Jake Maggert, and Brooks Simmons are all just three shots back of the lead.
The field was cut to the low 30 players and tee times will begin Thursday morning at 8:00 am. For more information on the Veritex Bank Byron Nelson Jr. Championship, click here.