15-Year-Old Shoots 62 to Lead Boyne Tournament of Champions

Henry DoHenry Do, a 15-year-old sophomore is making history at the 19th Boyne Tournament of Champions. The diminutive golfer tied the tournament record with a 10-under-par 62 in the second round of the 54-hole event.

Do (pronounced DOE) has a two-stroke lead over LPGA Tour player Allison Fouch of Grand Rapids and a three-stoke lead over Canadian Tour player Andy Matthews.

“After I got to 4-under I kind of got nervous and just wanted to hit fairways and greens and two-putt,” Do said. “But my ball striking was great today and I don’t think I did anything wrong.” He finished his round 9-under-par over the final 10 holes.

Do is 5-foot-4 and weighs 128 pounds. His average drive is in the 275-yard category.  Most players are intimidated by the greens at Boyne Mountain’s Alpine Course. But Do took a putting lesson last week from Nationwide Tour Money Leader Matt Harmon and said, “I think I have the greens down.”

Almost lost in the Do frenzy was the play of LPGA Tour player Allison Fouch who matched her first-round 68 finishing two back at 136. She will play with Do and Matthews in the final group. “I’ve never played competitive golf with men,” she said. “I know it will be a different set of nerves but I won’t be nervous.”

First-round leader Matthews followed his first-round 65 with an even-par 72 for a 7-under 137.

“My putter wasn’t cooperating today. It had its moments, I did make four birdies but a lipped out enough for four bogeys. These greens are the course equalizer here. If you get the ball above the hole you have to putt defensively and that’s not good for making birdies.”

The Tournament of Champions is a unique event pitting men, women, juniors and seniors together on Boyne Mountain’s Alpine course. The men play from the back tees at 6,938 yards, the senior men and high schoolers play from 6,562 yards and the women play from 5,898 yards.

Stephen Kircher, Boyne Resort’s President of Eastern Operations and founder of the event along with former Michigan PGA CEO, Ken Devine said “This is a picture perfect final round scenario - a junior, a woman and LPGA Tour Player and experienced professional male is just what was imagined when we started this tournament and showcases how golf is a sport for all ages and both genders.”

Do is the low junior, Fouch the low woman, Matthews the low man and Do’s coach, Dave Kendall of the Kendall Golf Academy is the low senior at 141.
“I’ve been coaching him since he was seven years old.” Kendall said. “I’ve been bragging about him for years and people thought I was exaggerating. Now they know he is something special.”

The tournament started with 111 players and was reduced to the top 70 and ties after today’s second round. The purse is $55,000 and the winner’s share is $10,000. Live scoring is available at www.michigan.pga.com and www.golfstat.com.

 

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