'Ace' Martin Wins Kids Golf Title
Joshua "Ace" Martin didn't have to travel far to claim a world championship.
Martin, an 11-year-old resident of Pinehurst, claimed the title in the boys' 11 age division of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship that concluded Saturday. Martin used an ace in his Friday round to go into Saturday's final round holding on to the top spot. Playing at Talamore, Martin followed up a pair of 66s with a final round 70 to claim a one-stroke win over China's Chen Zi Hao.
The U.S. Kids Golf World Championships concluded Saturday in all age divisions on nine Sandhills area courses.
The United States team made it a three-peat Sunday, as it defeated the International team 11 1/2 to 5 1/2 on Pinehurst No. 2 to win the World Cup.
It was the third year the World Cup, a Ryder Cup style match play competition, has been in existence. Each squad is made up of the top 10 finishers in the 12-year-old boys and the top six finishing 12-year old girls in that age division for the three-day U.S. Kids Golf World Championships that concluded on Saturday.
Winners for the U.S team were Austin Inman, Ben Doyle, Eimi Koga, Richard Hattori, Frank Garber, Lyberty Anderson, Frank Szucs, Zachary Bauchou, Ashlan Ramsey and Robby Shelton.
International winners were Diego Felipe, Khemkhon Limbhasut, Chayanid Prapassarangkul, Gionava Maymon and Shannon Aubert.
Connor Blake of the U.S. and Daniel Jaramillo of the Internationals halved the final match of the day.
Other members of the victorious U.S. team included Colton Estevez, Kyle Sterbinsky, Sophia Schubert, Lauren Gros and Nicole Morales.
After play was completed, the U.S. team was presented with the Word Cup. Each player received a miniature model of the trophy awarded to the winning team and a golf bag to commemorate their participation in the event.
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