Junior boys notes: Arnett adds 2nd win in 8 days
There are not too many junior golfers who have had the kind of June that Benjamin Arnett has had.
Well, aside from maybe Beau Hossler and Andy Zhang.
But there’s still no doubt that it’s been a special past couple weeks for Arnett.
The Houston native won the BilliardFactory.com Junior Championship June 21 and then followed that up with a victory at the HP Byron Nelson Junior June 26.
Arnett shot 2-over 218 at The Woodlands CC to win last week’s AJGA event. He closed with rounds of 75-74, but an opening-round 69 gave him enough of a cushion to pull out the win.
He did the opposite in Fort Worth, closing with a 6-under 65 to take the Texas Legends Junior Tour event.
Arnett was four strokes off the lead going into the final round and with a little encouragement from his father, he turned in a solid performance – one that included an eagle-birdie finish on Nos. 17 and 18.
“My dad told me a 5-under-par round was out there today,” Arnett said. “But after that eagle on No. 17 got me to 5 under, I told him I wanted to go lower.”
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BUBBALICIOUS: Noah Edmondson closed the Bubba Conlee National Junior June 18-21 at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Bartlett, Tenn., with a 4-under 66 to win the 32-year event by five strokes over runner-up Fred Allen Meyer.
Edmondson (6-under 204) and Meyer (1-under 209) were the only two players of the 126-person field to finish the three-round tournament under par.
Edmondson’s first round included a couple eagles and a pair of birdies. He added five more birdies in the second round before totaling six birdies and an eagle in the final round.
The final-round eagle came on the par-5 15th hole and followed a two-hole stretch where Edmondson went bogey-double bogey.
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VICTORY LEAP: Derek Castillo claimed his first AJGA title last week, winning the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior June 19-21 at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
To celebrate, the 14-year-old incoming high school freshman took the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond.
“It's something special to be a part of history here,” Castillo said in an AJGA release.
Castillo made a splash early with an opening-round 4-under 68. He added rounds of 71-72 to close the tournament at 5-under 211 – a stroke ahead of Li Wang, Jonah Teceira and Christopher Tuulik.
During his final round, he made a 45-foot birdie putt on the seventh hole.
“That pretty much just helped me throughout my round for the rest of the day,” Castillo said.
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SITE CHANGE: The HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship started June 25 and for the first time in the tournament’s 13-year history, the two-day event did not take place at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. Instead, the tournament was moved to Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth after Lakewood suffered severe hail damage.
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WINNERS: Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., shot 7-under 279 to win the Western Junior at the CC of Florida by four strokes. Wood also earns an exemption into the Western Amateur, to be played later this summer at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. . . . Ryan Orr of Belleair, Fla., bounced back from a first-round, 3-over 75, shooting 68 to edge runner-up James Leadbetter by one stroke and win the weather-shortened AJGA Florida Junior at Weston Hills CC. . . . Tennessee-Martin signee Ben Reeves of Knoxville, Tenn., birdied No. 18 in a playoff to oust Ben Wolcott and win the AJGA Music City Junior at Richland CC in Nashville. Reeves and Wolcott each shot 5-under 67 in the final round to finish at 4-under and qualify for the playoff. . . . Evan DeRoche of Key West, Fla., finished at 1-under 215 to take the AJGA Cleveland Junior at Red Tail GC in Avon, Ohio, by two strokes. . . . Making his first AJGA appearance, Jake Carter of Aiken, S.C., shot 1-over 217 to bring home the Junior All-Star at Eagle Ridge title. . . . Cole Glass beat Jared Bettcher in a playoff to win the SJGT Fallen Oak Junior in Biloxi, Miss. . . . Jack Holmgren claimed the PGA Junior Series event at Kokopelli GC in Marion, Ill., shooting 6-over 219 and winning by three strokes. . . . Andy Shim finished at 11-under 205 to win the Georgia Junior while Rachel Dai took home the Georgia Girls Championship with an even-par 216.
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A LOOK AHEAD: This week’s lineup is highlighted by the Rolex Tournament of Champions June 25-29 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga. The event is a 72-hole stroke play format with a cut after 54 holes. Some notables in the field include Zachary Olsen, Tae Wan Lee, Motin Yeung and Hank Lebioda.
Information from the AJGA and Texas Legends Junior Tour was used in this report