Roseville’s Eddings in contention at Optimist International golf event

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Corey Eddings of Roseville lost the lead but remained in contention Friday at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Eddings, who attends Oakmont High School, shared the lead in the boys 16-18 division after one round at 3-under-par 69, but a 1-over 73 in the second round left him at 2-under 142 and allowed Corey Pereira of Cameron Park to move to the top of the leader board in the field of 173.

Pereira had six birdies in carding a 4-under 68 for a 5-under 139 total. Eddings is tied for fifth in the 72-hole tournament.

Brandon Baumgarten of Granite Bay shot a 76 and fell from a three-way tie for third into a tie for 15th at 2-over 146. Baumgarten took a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 third hole but rebounded to play the back nine in 1-under 36.

Virgie Velazquez of Roseville was tied for 69th out of 119 players in the girls 15-18 division. Velazquez shot rounds of 83 and 85 for a 24-over 168 total. She had three birdies in a five-hole stretch in the first round but played her last four holes in 6 over in the second round.

Marcella Pranovia of Santa Ana shot a 1-over 73 in the second round and retained the lead at 2-under 142.

Granite Bay’s Mendenhall leads at Pinehurst

Drake Mendenhall of Granite Bay shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead in the Boys 13 division of the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship.

Mendenhall had 14 pars and four birdies on the 6,188-yard No. 6 course at Pinehurst Resort and Pine Needles Golf Club in Pinehurst and Southern Pines, N.C. The 54-hole event concludes Saturday.

Mendenhall birdied two of his first three holes and went out in 3-under 33, according to a news release from U.S. Kids Golf.