Chris Mogg shot even-par 70 to maintain a share atop the leaderboard through two rounds Wednesday of the American College Development Services and Ryan Moore Golf Championship at the RMG Club at Oakbrook Golf Course in Lakewood.
The soon-to-be senior at Skyline High School finished the day tied at 2-under 138 with Andrew Chin of Honolulu, who posted a 4-under 66 on Wednesday, in the American Junior Golf Association event, which attracted college coaches from Boise State, Columbia, Oregon State, Gonzaga, Washington State, Colorado and Iowa among others.
The top of a leaderboard is pretty commonplace for the Mogg family.
Mogg is the nephew of renowned golf instructor Brian Mogg, a Lakes graduate and former Ohio State All-American who started the Brian Mogg Golf Academy at Chambers Bay. He also has academies in Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Canada, South Korea Thailand.
But Chris Mogg didn’t start playing golf until his freshman year. Before that, he was a baseball player.
“Two years ago he couldn’t break 90,” said his father, Gary Mogg, who graduated from Lakes in 1981 but now lives in Sammamish.
Morgan Goldstein of Las Vegas led on the girls side for the second straight day. She shot 2-over 72 for a two-round total of 2-over 142 — one stroke better than Skyline’s Ashley Fitzgibbons and three better than Bibilani Lui of Cupertino, California.
Bellarmine Prep graduate Olivia Benzin is still in it but will have to overcome a six-stroke deficit to make a serious run for the title – unlike in this year’s 4A state tournament, when she led after every round on the way to the state crown.
Chris Mogg was cruising, hitting 5-under after sinking his third birdie putt of the round Wednesday. But then he had back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13, followed by another on 16 before recovering with a birdie on 17.
“This is my first AJGA event, so it’s good to be able to play here and to do good is also awesome,” said Chris Mogg, who recently committed to Gonzaga University. His brother, also named Brian Mogg, is entering his sophomore year for the Washington State men’s golf team.
It was his brother who persuaded him to try out for the Skyline golf team, Chris Mogg said. He went to a playoff for the 4A state title but lost to Issaquah’s Zack Overstreet, who is also competing in the Ryan Moore event — named for the PGA Tour pro from Puyallup.
Also on the boys side, Bainbridge’s Sam Warkentin, a UW commit, was three strokes back at 1-over 141, Bellarmine Prep’s Joe Highsmith was at 5-over 145 and Thomas Jefferson’s Sean Yi was at 6-over 146.
The field includes players ages 14-18 from as far away as Australia and Shanghai, and from Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana among other states.