BRYAN, Texas —Curtis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., carded 72-71 – 143 and will head into the final-round with a one-stroke lead in the Boys Division at the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions. His sister, Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., carded a 72-74 – 146 to take a one-shot lead heading into final-round play.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. The tournament field consists of 132 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 22 states and four foreign countries (Mexico, Canada, Thailand and Colombia). The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,072 yards and was cut to the low 42 and ties. The Girls Division is being played at 6,159 yards and was cut to the low 18 and ties.
Curtis Thompson, 16, returns this year with a fresh perspective and a stronger game after finishing 12th in last year’s event. He birdied on Nos. 2, 3, 15 and 18 for a strong finish today.
"On this course, it’s always a short iron shot in,” Curtis said. “I’m a lot stronger this year so I am able to hit those shots that I wasn’t able to last year.”
Going into the final round, Curtis said he is playing a game against himself.
“I always play to chase down the leader,” Thompson said. “I think of them as always being two strokes in front of me and tomorrow I will have the same mindset. I’ve just got to stay calm out there.”
Rounding out the Boys Division in second place is Brenden Redfern of Austin, Texas, carding a 36-hole score of 144. Curtis Reed of Castroville, Texas and Chris Worrell of Enid, Okla., both shot 2-over-par 146 for third. Rounding out the top five are Alex Carpenter of Little Rock, Ark. and Jordan Spieth of Dallas with 3-over-par 147.
In the Girls Division, Alexis Thompson, 14, is the defending champion after winning by five in 2008. Like her brother Curtis, she approached her game today conservatively to combat the inconsistent weather conditions.
“When there’s wind I play safe and just try to make pars,” Alexis said. “I don’t go for the tucked pins. Today I hit the greens where there was no trouble.”
Although pitching is one of Thompson’s strengths, her putting today carded her three birdies on Nos. 6, 13 and 15. She made a seven-foot putt on No. 13 and sunk a 15-footer on No. 15, giving her the edge in the Girls Division heading into tomorrow’s final-round.
Rounding out the Girls Division in second place is Marika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif., carding a two-round total of 3-over-par 147. Erynne Lee, of Silverdale, Wash., and Alexandra Stewart of Peoria, Ariz., are tied for third at 4-over-par 148.
On Easter Sunday, the brother-sister tandem are looking to share the top spot on the leaderboard. Curtis referenced that sharing the spotlight with his sister is a special feeling. Just this year, they shared the No. 1 spotlight at The Verizon Junior Heritage. Curtis said regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, he is glad to share this moment with his sister.
Final-round tee times for the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions will run from 8 – 9:40 a.m., off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M.