Teens Go Low at World Championship
The U.S. team won a rousing 5 and 4 victory over the International team in Sunday’s Teen World Cup.
The match play event, contested on Pinehurst No. 2, capped the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship hosted last week by the Pinehurst area.
In the highly competitive Boys 13 division, played along with the other boys’ events on Pinehurst No. 2, Tyler Moore, of Escondido, Calif., shot 68-70-69—207 to edge Paul San, of Malaysia, by a single stroke.
San shot 69-73-66—208, while Tristen Strydom, of South Africa, and Collin Morikawa, of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., finished tied for third at 210.
Over at Pine Needles, where the girls’ divisions were contested, Yasmin Sari, of Germany, dominated the show, shooting 73-73-70—216 to win the Girls 14 division by a whopping seven strokes over Tatum Jackson, of Birmingham, Ala.
Jackson shot 75-75-73—223 to finish second, and Kelli Murphy, of Elgin, S.C., was one of four players tied at 224.
Benjamin Griffin, of Chapel Hill, shot 72-70-71—213 to win the Boys 14 division by a stroke over Jordan Wrisdale, of the United Kingdom, who shot 78-68-68—214.
In the Boys 15-18 division, Branden Collins, of Tallahassee, Fla., shot 70-75-66—211 to win by three strokes over two players tied at 214.
Hendrika Labsch, of Germany, shot 75-73-72—220 to win the Girls 15-18 division by six strokes.
Janet Mao, of John’s Creek, Ga., won the Girls 13 division by shooting 75-75-73—223. Valentina Giraldo, of Colombia, finished a stroke back at 75-73-76—224.
The U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, for players ages 5-12, will be contested this week on nine area courses, with play beginning Thursday morning and wrapping up Saturday. The Kids World Cup will be contested on Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2.
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