Pinecrest Golfer Captures AJGA Title
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Barrett, of Pinehurst, entered the final round of the three-day AJGA Richmond Junior on Thursday sporting a four-stroke lead. But bogeys on his final two holes led to an even-par 72, tying him with Vincent Nadeau of Edmond, Okla., at an 11-under 205, and forcing the playoff. Barrett had led the 74-player field from the beginning of the event, shooting a 65 Tuesday and a 68 Wednesday.
He rebounded from the disappointing finish to birdie both playoff holes.
The first playoff hole was a study in contrast, as Nadeau skipped his drive three times across water before landing safely on dry ground. His approach shot landed short of the green, then he chipped in for birdie. Barrett reached the green in two, facing a 25-foot birdie putt to keep the playoff going.
"My 25-foot putt on the first playoff hole was the best shot of my life, by far," Barrett was quoted as saying in an AJGA press release.
On the second playoff hole, Nadeau got up and down from a greenside bunker, while Barrett again hit the green in two. But this time, his second shot covered the flagstick, ending up 8 feet away. He rolled in the birdie putt to claim the title.
Barrett is a member of the golf team at Pinecrest High School.
The AJGA is the largest organization of its kind, with approximately 5,000 junior golfers, ages 12 through 18, from 50 states and 30 foreign countries, according to the press release.
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