Torres, Kelly claim Junior Orange Bowl titles
Puerto Rico’s Maria Torres and England’s Patrick Kelley won the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship on Dec. 30 at The Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Fla.
Torres edged American Nicole Morales by one-shot on the 72nd hole of the tournament. Torres had a four-stroke lead at the 14th hole, but Morales didn’t go away quietly. She sunk a 40-foot putt to save par at No. 15, then she made a birdie at No. 16, where Torres three-putted. They were tied heading into No. 18. Morales made bogey and Torres tapped in for par to claim the title.
Kelley won the title by going wire-to-wire and winning by a 13-shot margin. He started the final round with a seven-shot lead and was never threatened. He struggled with illness throughout the week. Kelley’s 19-under 263 total was the second-lowest winning score in the 49 years of the championship.
Information from the Junior Orange Bowl was used in this report