Junior Boys Notes: 4 juniors notch 1st wins
Four juniors introduced themselves to the AJGA win column last week by claiming their first career victories.
Joshua Seiple of Castle Rock, Colo., ousted Cristian DiMarco, son of PGA pro Chris DiMarco, in a one-hole playoff to win the Aspen Junior Golf Classic
Brendon Jelley shot 3-under 213 to capture the AJGA Junior at Steelwood Country Club June 5-7 in Loxley, Ala.
Blake Barens took the Ping Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten June 5-7 in Tempe, Ariz.
And Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch, Miss., carded an even-par 70 in the final round to take the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star June 5-7 at WindStone Golf Club in Ringgold, Ga.
Seiple, who finished the tournament at 5-over 218, made par on the first playoff hole after closing his tournament with three birdies and an eagle in the final round. He nearly hit his second shot into the water before getting up-and-down and making a 3-footer to seal the victory.
“I was nervous,” Seiple said. “I thought I hit it [my second shot] in the water, but I actually hit it underneath a tree.”
Jelley, from Tulsa, Okla., carded a 4-under 68 in the final round, making seven birdies. His previous best finish was a T-3 at the Payne Stewart Junior in August 2011.
“I have been close a few times, so it feels good to finally break through and win. Hopefully it’s the first of many.”
Barens of Villa Park, Calif., edged Cody McManus by a stroke, finishing at 3-under 207.
“It's a great stepping stone to get the first one under my belt,” Barens said.
Thornberry entered the final round one shot off the lead before finishing at 4-under 206.
“It means a lot to get my first win,” said Thornberry, who has logged just one other AJGA tournament – a 15th-place finish at the Harvey Penick Junior All-Star in August 2011. “Hopefully I can win more.”