Meadow runs away with IJGT title
ORLANDO, Fla. — Stephanie Meadow shot a final-round 2-under 69 on the New course at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., to win the IJGT Tournament of Champions Monday. The 17-year-old from Antrim, Ireland, began the day with a five-shot lead and cruised to an eight-shot victory with six birdies on her card.
Meadow, who began her round on No. 10, turned in 1-under 35 and closed with three birdies and a lone bogey to shoot 2-under 34 on the back nine. She finished at 4-under 212. Meadow, who played the New Course in the first round and the North/South course in the second round, felt that her second round was a stiffer challenge.
“I think the North/South course is harder as a course so I think the 69 on the North/South was probably a better score,” she said. “The New Course was very open, and I didn’t hit it as good as what I did yesterday, so I think the 69 on the second day was definitely my biggest.”
Despite three three-putts in Monday’s round, Meadow, ranked 38th in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, said she maintained her focus throughout the final round.
“I just kept going,” said Meadow.
Irene Jung took second in the 30-player field with a score of 220.
Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubon claimed the boys’ title with a wire-to-wire victory over Orlando native Motin Yeung.
Cazaubon, who double-bogeyed No. 9, pesevered on the back nine to come away with the victory. Yeung missed a 20-foot par putt on the final hole to lose by a shot.
“I’m very happy – I think it was a very important tournament, and it was my last junior tournament,” Cazaubon said. “I’m very happy to finish like this.”
Charlie Kern stole the show in the boys’ 13-15 age division. Kern made 11 birdies without a bogey en route to a blistering 11-under 61. Kern, 15, went on to win his division by two shots with a 9-under 207 total.