Exciting finishes at Junior Orange Bowl in Florida

At left, Ariya Jutanugarn shows off her trophy after winning the Junior Orange Bowl International title on Dec. 30, 2010 at the Biltmore Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla. At right, Max Rottluff is all smiles after beating American Curtis Thompson in a one-hole playoff to win the boys title.

Germany's Max Rottluff outlasted American Curtis Thompson on the first hole of a playoff to win the 47th Junior Orange Bowl International boys title, while Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn cruised to a 4-shot girls victory over Slovenia's Ursa Orehek at the Biltmore Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla.

Jutanugarn proved why she is atop Golfweek's rankings, finishing with a solid and methodical even-par round of 70.

“It was a good round, and I’m very pleased with the way I played,” said Jutanugarn, a 15-year-old from Bangkok. “I wanted to do this for my country, for Asia, but even more important, for me. Last year, I had a chance to win and did not take it. I’ve been thinking about winning this event a lot during the year, and I’m so happy I was able to fulfill my wish.”

The boys championship was a tighter affair.

Rottluff led for most of the day, but a series of missed birdie opportunities put Thompson back in contention. The American, playing in his hometown, failed to take advantage, also missing birdie chances. Thompson did make a long par save on No. 17 to send the tournament into a playoff.

In the playoff, Thompson three-putted the first extra hole, giving the 17-year-old Rottluff the title.

“I’m very happy,” said Rottluff, the Orange Bowl's first German champion. “I’ve lost two playoffs this year, so to win this one is very sweet. I had a lot of chances and I treated each as if it might be the winning putt, but none dropped. Still, it all worked out, and it has been a great week. I have one more year’s eligibility, so I’m hoping I’ll be back to defend the title.”

Argentina’s Jorge Fernandez Valdes shot a tournament-best 65 on the final day to tie for sixth.

LEADERBOARD

Boys

280 – Max Rottluff, Germany; Curtis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. Rottluff won with par at 1st extra hole

283 – Julien Brun, France

286 - Gudmundur Kristjansson, Iceland; Emanuele Sesia, Italy

287 – Adam Strom, Sweden; Jorge Fernandez Valdes, Argentina; Pierre Tilement, France; Gary Stal, France

Girls

286 - Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand

290 – Ursa Orehek, Slovenia

291- Celine Boutier, France

292 - Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y.

296 – Su-Yeon Kim, South Korea, Margaux Vanmol, Belgium

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