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Dalke, Wagner lead Junior PGA

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) - Brad Dalke retained the lead Wednesday in the Junior PGA Championship and Samantha Wagner topped the girls' leaderboard for the second straight round.

The 15-year-old Dalke, from Hobart, Okla., had an even-par 71 to reach 6-under 136 at Trump National Golf Club - Washington, D.C. The 16-year-old Wagner, from Windermere, Fla., also shot 71 to finish at 4-under 138.

A rising high school sophomore, Dalke's up-and-down round included four birdies and four bogeys.

``It was a real grind out there all day and I actually started off real slow,'' said Dalke, who opened his round with four pars before bogeying No. 5.

He quickly rebounded with birdies on No. 7, 10 and 11.

``The middle of the round is really when I started to get things going,'' Dalke said. ``I got under par and felt good about my game.''

He bogeyed Nos. 12, 14 and 15, birdied the par-4 16th, and saved par from a greenside bunker on 18.

``I made a few bad swings after a good birdie run,'' Dalke said. ``But the birdie at 16 and a save at 18 helped a lot. The 18th hole was really a summary of my round. I hit the ball in the rough off the tee, hit the approach in the bunker, but got up and down after making a 15-footer. It was a good even-par round.''

He had a one-stroke lead over Jacob Solomon of Dublin, Calif. Solomon had a 69. Sam Stevens of Wichita, Kan., and Dawson Armstrong of Brentwood, Tenn., followed at 4 under. Armstrong had a 67, and Stevens shot 72s.

Wagner holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the difficult par-4 18th.

``I really wanted to make that putt on 18,'' Wagner said. ``I knew I needed to make it to stay at or near the lead, so that was a nice way to end. ... I struggled a lot today. I gave myself a bunch of birdie chances that either rolled over the edge or lipped out,'' said Wagner. ``That's kind of how my day went.''

Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, shot a 69 to cut Wagner's lead to a stroke.

``I really like this golf course. It suits my game well,'' Gillman said. ``It's a difficult golf course, which I feel like I excel on.''

Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., and Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass., were tied for third at 2 under. Carlson had a 69, and Khang shot 70.

The Associated Press News Service

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