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BRAINTREE, Massachusetts – An exciting second round has concluded here at the 90th Massachusetts Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship Powered by KOHR Golf at Braintree Municipal Golf Course. The girls came in blazing today, the leaderboard has shifted and we have a new but familiar name at the top of the championship division, Madison Smith (Student Member/MIAA).
North Andover’s Callie Dias (Renaissance) secured the Silver Division with a final score of 80-82* (won first playoff hole)-162, while Billerica’s Reva MacHanavajhula (Youth on Course/Mass Golf) captured the Junior-Mite Division with a total of 35-36-71.
Smith shot a 69 in the round to bring her to 7-under for the day.
“I made a bit too many bogeys for today, but I made some putts,” Smith said. “I look forward to playing some more competitive golf and having some fun out there.”
Smith then gave her thoughts on the course currently.
“I like this course, it’s pretty nice for my game and I’m looking forward to playing it tomorrow.”
2 strokes behind Smith is Isabel Brozena (Indian Ridge Country Club). She shot a 70 in the round, bringing her to a total of 5-under so far.
A winner for the division will be announced tomorrow after the third and final round.
The fight for the silver division was a tight race today. Tori Adams (Walpole Country Club) battled her way up on the leaderboard, initiating a playoff round against Dias for the title. Adams just fell just short of the division title. She had the low score of the day for the division, shooting a 77.
When Dias sank her final putt in the playoff, she couldn’t help but beam with joy. Both girls walked off the green with smiles on their faces. Adams couldn’t help but be proud of her playing partner for the day.
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In the 9-hole Junior-Mite competition, defending champion Reva MacHanavajhula pulled through and won her third title out of her four years of competing. Coming in second overall in the round was Nathalie Redmond (Student Member/MIAA), shooting a final score of 38-42-80.
Reva was asked about her upcoming events, one of them being the Women’s Amateur Championship, and how she is preparing for it.
“I’ll be going from 2000 yards for 9 holes to 6000 yards for 18 holes, so I will definitely need to improve on my long game and my putting and chipping,” Reva mentioned. “That’ll definitely come in clutch for longer yardage.”
She’s also looking forward to competing in a more competitive field.
“I always loved the pressure. The more pressure means most of the time I’ll play well.”
Reva gave one last remark to the future competitors that will compete in her division.
“Definitely work hard, if you work hard, it’ll pay off,” the young champion stated. “Also work on your short game, because it helps,” she laughed.
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