Beck, Liu unseat Thompsons at Junior Heritage
When the dust cleared Sunday at the Junior Heritage, the winner’s circle was Thompson-less. Jim Liu won the boys’ division by one shot while Laetitia Beck had a two-shot cushion in the girls’ division. Both were at 4-over 147 for the tournament.
Scores went up Sunday even though play moved from the Sea Pines Resort Ocean Course to the shorter, par-71 Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Siblings Curtis (17) and Alexis (14) Thompson both were attempting a title defense, and despite leaving themselves in contention after Round 1, neither was successful. Curtis matched his first-round 75 Sunday, leaving him in a four-way tie for seventh and three shots back of Liu. Alexis, tied for first after the windy first round, fell to a 5-over 76 Sunday and finished second at 6-over 149.
Liu, ranked No. 10 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings (No. 1 in the class of 2013), followed his first-round 1-over 73 with a 3-over 74. The 14-year-old finished third at the Ping Invitational in October, and also won six events on the International Junior Golf Tour during the 2009-10 season.
Andrew Knox, who played in the Nationwide Tour’s Rex Hospital Open in June, was one shot back at 5-over 148. Four players were tied for third at 6 over, including Blake Morris, Justin Thomas, first-round leader Cody Proveaux and Stephen Behr.
Beck, who has committed to Duke for next fall, stayed steady Sunday after a first-round 73. Beck also won the Doral/Publix Junior Classic Dec. 23 and is Golfweek’s No. 8-ranked player.
Sierra Sims, who made a hole-in-one in Round 1, fell to a 76 Sunday and finished third. Portland Rosen, McKenzie Talbert and Juliet Vongphoumy were T-4 at 10-over 153.