Mendez, Galdiano take top honors at Jr. Worlds
Jose Mendez of Costa Rica won the Callaway Junior World Championship on Friday by finishing 72 holes at Torrey Pines’ South Course at 5-under 283. Mendez, who will be a freshman at Minnesota this fall, opened with 4-under 68, then cruised through the rest of the week with rounds of 71-71-73.
Mendez finished two shots ahead of Lucas Herbert of Australia and three shots ahead of Austen Truslow of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Defending champion Rico Hoey, the USC signee from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was part of a three-way tie for fourth at 1-over 289. Hoey gave up ground with a third-round 79.
In the top girls division, Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii, shot 9-under 279 to win by seven shots. Galdiano, 15, made headlines two years ago when she played the U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor as a 13-year-old.
Loui Daniella Uy of The Philippines was second at 2-under 286, and Amy Matsuoka of Newport Beach, Calif., was another shot back in third.