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Peter Thorseth of the United Kingdom fired an even-par 72 to win his first AJGA title, posting a four-shot victory at the 54-hole Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions in Bryan, Texas.
Karen Chung fired a final-round, 4-under 68 to win the girls division, her fifth career AJGA title.
Played at the par-72 Traditions Club at Texas A&M, Thorseth finished the tournament at 6 under overall, beating a field of 90 boys.
Thorseth's start to the final round was a bit shaky with a double bogey at the par-3 second hole, but his short game kept him atop the leaderboard.
“Each time I dropped a shot, I was able to bounce back with some birdies, which was huge,” said Thorseth, who birdied four holes Sunday.
Thorseth has played in AJGA events for four years and his family plans to move back to Houston in the summer.
“I've come close a few times. It feels good to finally take it to the next level, especially at such a great event,” said Thorseth, a high school junior. “It feels good that I've finally proven to myself that I could ...
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Krystal Quihuis of Tucson, Ariz., won the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic in a three-hole sudden-death playoff against Ester Lee of Norwalk, Calif.
Quihuis started the day one shot off the lead, but finished as the clubhouse leader by two shots. Lee eagled No. 18 to force a playoff.
Lee was unable to two-putt for par on the second playoff hole. Therefore Quihuis made a par-putt on the third playoff hole for the victory.
Quihuis shot rounds of 69-70-69 to finish at 5 under.
In the boys division, Danny Ochoa of San Diego finished with a bogey-free 5-under 66 with an eagle on No. 18 in the final round to win by three for his first AJGA title. He has committed to USC.
Chris Petefinsh, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Finished in second at 5-under 208.
Information from the AJGA was used in this report
George Cunningham was at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course as a spectator for the PGA Tour's Tampa Bay Championship. He watched as Kevin Streelman won his first PGA Tour event.
Just two weeks later, Cunningham is a champion at Innisbrook after winning the AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior, his first AJGA victory since 2010, on March 31.
“It's a weird feeling that the professionals were just here,” Cunningham said. “For me to shoot the scores I just did, it lets me know that I am almost there and ready to go. It's a really cool feeling to feel that way.”
Cunningham carded a final-round, 1-under 70 to finish at 1-over 214, two shots ahead of Jorge Garcia and Ben Griffin. Zach Bauchou and Jordan Miller were tied for fourth, four shots back while Danny Walker and 2012 U.S. Open participant Andy Zhang tied for sixth, five shots back of Cunningham.
Brogan McKinnon won the girls title for his first AJGA victory. She shot 76-71 in the first two rounds before carding a final-round 66 to win by two shots of Cindy Feng, Nelly Korda and Jisoo Keel.
Martin Jaramillo birdied five of his last 10 holes en route to a three-shot victory over Gerardo Garza at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga.
Jaramillo, who turns 14 on April 9, carded rounds of 70-72-70.
"When you're leading, there's obviously a lot of pressure and expectations,” Jaramillo said. “The win shows me everything I put in with practice is paying.”
Lauren Stephenson made four of her 13 birdies in the final round and recorded rounds of 70-72-75 to beat Mai Dechathipat by a shot. It was the last Junior All-Star of her career.
“My first year the goal was just to make the cut,” Stephenson said. “It means a lot to me that I accomplished my goal. It gives me a lot of confidence going into my next events to know that I can compare with the best in the world.”
Last week I came back from playing in the Kathy Whitworth Invitational in Dallas. I stayed with a great host family and we had a lot of fun. I was disappointed in my play the first round with a 75. I went into the tournament with a plan of playing shot by shot and not worrying if I hit a couple bad shots or even a bad hole. But, I got too result focused and was too hard on myself when I made a mistake early in the tournament. Once I realized the mental mistakes I made, I felt like I played better in the last round with a 71 and ended up placing third. I also enjoyed the off course events if the tournament. At one of the dinners, we got to listen to some stories Kathy Whitworth shared with us about her LPGA career and some of her golf experiences. She was so nice and friendly to us, always making sure we were having a good time. She even came out in the freezing cold the first morning to watch all the girls tee off which spoke volumes about her involvement and interest in the tournament ...
Yvonne Zheng has earned a spot in the Symetra Tour’s next Florida stop, the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay, to be played April 26-28 in Sarasota, Fla.
Zheng, a 17-year-old UCLA signee who lives in Bradenton, Fla., earned the spot in a points race that stretched across 13 IMG Junior Golf Tour events. This is the second year the Symetra Tour has offered the exemption to a junior player, but last year only six events counted as qualifiers.
Zheng also vied for last year’s spot. She led in points entering the final qualifying event, played at The Golf Club of North Hampton in Fernandina Beach, Fla., only to be overtaken by Natalia Perez of Bolivia.
This year, Zheng held a 20-point lead on 2013 classmate Camila Serrano of Colombia. Zheng’s second-place finish March 19 at the IMG Junior Golf Tour event at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand, Fla., secured her spot at Sara Bay.
“I am just really excited about (Guardian Retirement Championship at) Sara Bay, so I’m going to practice a lot for it,” Zheng said. “Tee shots were important out there, so I was focused on putting myself in the fairway.”
Nine spots in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA’s first major, already have been reserved for amateurs. One more will be filled by April 2.
The Southern California Golf Association is again hosting a qualifier for the top junior girls in SoCal, but this year the format will be slightly different. The Legends Junior Challenge will feature a field of 30 girls divided into 10 threesomes. A past Kraft champion will play in each group instead of an LPGA legend, as in last year’s event.
The junior player with the lowest 18-hole score on the Palmer Course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., will earn a spot in the tournament proper, to be played April 4-7 on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. For the team aspect of the event, each team will count the two lowest scores on each hole. The captain of the winning team will receive money to be donated to a charity of her choice.
Alison Lee, Golfweek's top-ranked junior girl, won last year’s event, named the Kraft Legacy Junior. Lee was one of the nine amateurs to receive sponsor exemptions earlier this spring.
Among the notables in the 30-player field are ...
Jackie Van Meter won the Golfweek Junior Tour event at Old Fort Golf Club at Murfreesboro, Tenn., on March 24. Van Meter shot 77-74 to win by 10 shots over Emily Alexander. Her first-round 77 tied the best score of Round 1 and her second-round 74 was the low round of the tournament.
Registration is open for Golfweek’s West Coast Junior Invitational. The tournament will be played May 17-19 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. Keep track of the field here.
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- David Snyder, McAllen, Texas
- Seiya Liu, Bradenton, Fla.
- Rafael Barnoya, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
- Ryan Carpenter, Aiken, S.C.
- Timothy De Silva, Palos Verdes, Calif.
- Varun Chopra, Champaign, Ill.
- Devan Schulert, Kingsville, Ontario
- Patrick McDonald, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Brandon Tsujimoto, Pomona, Calif.
- Ari Gulugian, Irvine, Calif.
- Connor Nam, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Anthony Cecere, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
- Jeffrey Miller, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Peter Koo, Chandler, Ariz.
- Chris Korte, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
- Jordan Oliver, Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Jorge Villar, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
- Santiago Lopez, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
- Luis Enriquez, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
- Aaron Whalen, Ephrata, Wash.
- Aaron Strockis, San Diego, Calif.
- Sam Dickey, Las Vegas
- John Edwards, Paducah, Ky.
- Tiger Lee, Hong Kong, China
- Camilo Mexsen, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
- Maxwell Miller, College Station, Texas
- Jake Guess, Mesa, Ariz.
- Josh Delo, Mesa, Ariz.
- Aleksandar Mikalacki, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- C.J. Coleman, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
- James Frahm, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
- Austin ...
Hannah Wood of Centennial, Colo., won the Kathy Whitworth Invitational on March 12 at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Wood shot rounds of 70-74 to come from behind and win by one shot for Samantha Wagner. Wood’s first round 2-under 70 tied for the second lowest score of the tournament.
A pair of juniors swept the Championship Division titles March 10 at the San Francisco City Championship at Harding Park Golf Course.
William Brueckner defeated Isaiah Salinda, 3 and 1, to win the men’s title while Casie Cathrea rolled to a 10-and-8 victory over Jayshree Sarathy.
Brueckner, a 16-year-old from Walnut Creek, Calif., advanced to the final match by upsetting third-seeded Alex Franklin, 5 and 4. He was 2 down in his match against Salinda after the first 18 holes and then lost the first afternoon hole before winning three straight holes to return the match to all square.
“My dad and I always joke that I have to give a few back before I get going,” Brueckner said.
He would eventually put away the match thanks to a combination of dry conditions and support in the gallery from his family and friends, some of them making the trip from Olympic Club, Brueckner’s home course.
“My length showed up when I needed it, when the course was more dry,” Brueckner said. “Also my buddies from Olympic Club came over. I love playing in front of an audience.”
Brueckner won the 2011 Junior All-Star at River Ridge, but he ...
When Hannah Wood stepped up to the first tee for the final round of the Kathy Whitworth Invitational on March 12, she surveyed the headcovers her opponents were carrying and felt a little outmatched.
Wood, a 17-year-old from Centennial, Colo., has only just begun the the college selection process. Samantha Wagner, the first-round leader, had her Florida Gators allegiances prominently displayed. Bailey Tardy already has committed to Georgia. But by the end of the day, Wood was the one holding the trophy.
Wood credits this week’s success to her short game. She didn’t three-putt in Round 1, and did so just twice in the second round.
“I’m from Colorado, we don’t have Bermudagrass,” Wood said. “The Bermuda and the Ryegrass was kind of hard to read, because you’re down grain, into the grain. I really wanted to focus on how to read the greens, and handle just the speed. I kind of focused on that and it paid off.”
After a first-round 2-under 70 at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, the high school junior returned a 2-over 74. She trailed Wagner by two at the beginning of the first round, but Wagner ...
Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, N.C., won the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour’s N.C. University Classic on Sunday. She shot rounds of 74-70 to win by one shot over defending champion Jessica Porvasnik. Migliaccio’s 2-under 70 was the low round of the tournament. She will graduate in 2017.
I've had a crazy last few weeks between practicing, going to see my sister, Taylor, at Clemson University and trying to keep up with my schoolwork. Time has really flown by. . .
At Clemson, I went to a baseball game in the snow, which is very unusual for Clemson. We froze, but had a blast! It was good to see some of my future teammates, too, Jessica Hoang, Lauren Salazar, Riley Lovorn and Lauren Stephenson. I can't wait to be at Clemson full-time!
Last weekend I took a trip to Sea Island to get a lesson from my coach, Todd Anderson. He worked with me a lot on my wedges and short game. I also went out on the course with him and he helped me with course management and hitting different shots for different situations.
Aside from working on my game, I got to spend some time with Todd's son, Tucker, who was in a horrible car accident in September. He suffered a brain injury, several fractured vertebrae and a broken orbital socket. Even through this entire trauma, Tucker is doing great. He helped me with some drills that Todd gave me to do and ...
Luiza Altmann of Brazil won the FCWT at Saddlebrook Resort on March 3. She shot rounds of 76-73 to win the title by one over Dylan Kim and capture her first FCWT title. The 14-year-old led the field with 23 pars and co-led with five birdies.
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