Thompson siblings sweep Laredo titles
Monday, April 13, 2009
Curtis and Alexis Thompson (pictured) made it a double-double once again.
Two months after the siblings swept the boys' and girls' titles at the Verizon Junior Heritage, Curtis and Alexis did the same at the AJGA's Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions April 12. It was the only time a pair of siblings has won the Laredo Energy Junior in the same year.
Curtis shot a final-round 70 for a 3-under 213 total and four-shot win over Brenden Redfern. Jordan Spieth, defending champion and the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, finished in a tie for fifth at 6-over 222.
Alexis, also the defending champion and top-ranked player in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, shot a course-record, final-round 6-under 66 to cruise to a seven-shot win over Erynne Lee.
Alexis is coming off a tie for 21st at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she tied for low amateur honors in the LPGA's first major of 2009. Thompson is also the reigning U.S. Girls' Junior champion.
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Shun Yat Hak won his first AJGA title at the Mizuno Junior at Innisbrook April 12. Hak shot a final-round 73 to hold on for a one-shot win over Michael Hebert and Davis Lee.
Victoria Tanco, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, won her third AJGA title with a final-round 67 and a four-shot win over Yueer Cindy Feng. Tanco was the AJGA's Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2008.
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James Back topped Ben Itterman in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff to win the Heather Farr Classic April 12. Itterman drove right on the second playoff hole and was forced to take an unplayable while Back found the middle and made birdie on the par 5.
Jenny Shin, the 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior champion, began the day six shots behind the leader, but a 3-under 68 gave her a one-shot win over Kyung Kim and Kimberly Kim, the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur champion. Shin was just one of two players to break 70 in the final round.