Junior Boys

Penge changes drivers for final round at Sage Valley

Marco Penge of England during a junior-am round at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.
Marco Penge of England during a junior-am round at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. ( Photo Courtesy of Junior Invitational at Sage Valley )

Saturday, April 26, 2014

It's not often a golfer switches equipment in the middle of a big tournament.

Saturday at the Junior Invitational, Marco Penge was the exception.

The 15-year-old from England stepped onto the first tee box before his final-round tee time at Sage Valley Golf Club with a new driver in hand and looking for an answer to his struggles in the first two rounds.

"I put (the new driver) in my bag this morning and left my old one back in the room," said Penge, who shot 73-77 to enter Saturday's final round at 6 over.

"The shaft was too light in the other driver and I was spraying it all over. Hopefully, I hit it a little straighter today."

Penge's first tee shot, however, found the trees left. But Penge scrambled for bogey and climbed back to even par after a birdie at the par-5 fourth hole.