Noah Goodwin nabs elusive first AJGA invitational victory, at CB&I/Simplify Boys

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Noah Goodwin nabs elusive first AJGA invitational victory, at CB&I/Simplify Boys

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Noah Goodwin nabs elusive first AJGA invitational victory, at CB&I/Simplify Boys

Noah Goodwin has accomplished a lot as a junior golfer. He’s the top-ranked player in all three major junior rankings. He won the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year award last year. He competed on a winning Junior Ryder Cup team last fall.

However, Goodwin entered this year with a handful of goals still to accomplish. One of them: win an AJGA invitational.

Yes, Goodwin had contended in many of the AJGA’s premier events – he was twice a runner-up in them last year – but he had never won one. On Sunday, though, that changed.

Goodwin shot 5-under 67 in the final round of the AJGA CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship to finish with a tournament-record 14-under 202 and win by a shot over Ben Wong at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Fazio Course in The Woodlands, Texas.

The SMU commit, who was coming off a disappointing showing at the Jones Cup, had experienced close calls before in invitationals. At the Thunderbird International Junior, he finished a shot behind winner Norman Xiong after hitting a nearly perfect bunker shot on his final hole only to see the ball roll off the green and into the water. Goodwin bogeyed the hole and lost the tournament, tying for second. Then last fall at the Ping Invitational, Goodwin shot 63 in the second round, but a closing 74 left him in second.

This time, though, Goodwin would not be denied. He made just four bogeys in 54 holes, and after trailing Wong by three shots after 36 holes, he made five birdies and an eagle Sunday to complete the comeback win.

“I came close a lot last year, I put myself in a lot of good chances, I was just never really able to get it done,” Goodwin said. “So to come back from being a couple of shots down at the beginning of the day and to be able to close out, it really means a lot.”

Michael Sanders finished solo third at 12 under.

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