Brad Dalke takes lead at AJGA Ping Invitational
Brad Dalke put himself in position to win his third AJGA invitational title on Sunday.
Dalke, a 16-year-old Oklahoma commit from Hobart, Okla., fired a 2-under 70 in the second round of the AJGA Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. At 1 under overall, he leads second-place Andy Zhang of Reunion, Fla., by a shot.
In the girls division, Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Nicole Morales of Lake Mary, Fla., and Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas, all carded even-par 72s to share the lead at 1 over.
Dalke totaled eight birdies, six bogeys and four pars in his second round. His best finish in two previous starts in this event came in 2011, when he finished seventh.
“Birdies are tough to come by out here, and whenever you make one and then bogey, it hurts a lot,” Dalke said. “It’s not my first time out here so I know the game plan and how to keep myself calm even if I start off bad.”
Lee made par on her first 12 holes before making two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine. Morales, Golfweek's top-ranked junior, is making her first appearance in this event while Papp was a first alternate this week before earning a spot in the field two days prior to the practice round.
“It was a grind, but I’m happy with the way I played," Morales said. "I’ve heard this course is the toughest on the schedule and its definitely living up to its reputation.”
Justin Kim of Fullerton, Calif., the boys-division leader after one round, is now tied for third with Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., and Matthew Perrine of Austin, Texas, after a second-round 75. First-round girls-division leader Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif., shot 76 to fall back to solo fifth at 4 over.