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Defending champ increases lead at Tennessee Girls’ Junior Amateur; South's Carter, D-B's van der Biest in top 10

From staff reports • Jul 11, 2018 at 11:46 PM

MURFREESBORO — Ashley Gilliam did nothing to hurt her chances of defending her Tennessee Girls’ Junior Amateur title on Wednesday.

In fact, she improved them.

The Manchester native and rising senior at Tullahoma High School fired a 68 at Old Fort Golf Club to move to 9-under par for the championship, leaving her six strokes up on Clarksville’s McKinley Cunningham entering the final round.

Thursday tee times begin at 7:30 a.m., with Gilliam, Cunningham and Kara Carter, from Kingsport, set to go off at 10 a.m.

Gilliam, the 2017 Tennessee Girls’ Junior champion, has played 36 holes of bogey-free golf, including her opening round of 5-under, 67. She made two birdies on each side Wednesday.

Cunningham, who will be a junior at Clarksville High School, has also turned in back-to-back rounds of under par, going 71-70 to sit at 3-under for the tournament.

Carter, a sophomore at Sullivan South High School, followed up her opening-round 74 with a 69 and is 1-under.

Angelina Chan (Franklin) enters the final round in fourth place at 3-over, while Kendall Maynard (Clarksville) and Shelly Jang (Franklin) are tied for fifth at 5-over.

Jennaly Nolan (Knoxville) tied for the lowest round of the day on Wednesday as she rebounded from an opening-round 82 to card a 68. Maynard also had a solid turnaround as she went 80-69.

55TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE GIRLS’ JUNIOR AMATEUR

OLD FORT GOLF CLUB

MURFREESBORO

Through second round, final round on Thursday

1. Ashley Gilliam 67-68-135

2. McKinley Cunningham 71-70-141

3. Kara Carter 74-69-143

4. Angelina Chan 74-73-147

5. Kendall Maynard 80-69-149

5. Shelly Jang 77-71-149

7. Isabella van der Biest 76-74-150

7. Jennaly Nolan 82-68-150

9. Hannah Nall 74-77-151

10. Lindsey Hollis 76-76-152

10. Rheagan Hall 79-73-152

12. Lily Bloodworth 76-78-154

13. Cameron Waltman 78-77-155

13. Tzunami Polito 78-77-155

15. Ainsley Simms 81-75-156

16. Gracie Johns 80-82-162

16. Sadie Pan 80-82-162

18. Kallie Robertson 80-83-163

19. Alayna Perryman 80-84-164

20. Ellie Bloodworth 80-88-168

20. Rachel Chan 84-84-168

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