Golf Bag: AJGA Winners
Anthony Alex, of Wayne, N.J., shot 7-under-par 72-66-71—209 to win the Golf Pride Junior Classic Boys’ Division of the American Junior Golf Association event held on Forest Creek Golf Club’s North Course.
Allison Emrey, of Charlotte, shot 73-70-70—213 to win the Girls’ Division.
The event featured 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and seven countries.
Alex began and ended his final round with birdies, but his birdie on the 10th hole proved to be a turning point.
“For memorable shots, I’d have to say the sand shot on No. 10,” Alex said. “I hit it up there fairly close and made the birdie putt. This win gives me a boatload of confidence because I’ll know I did it. When I get in that position next time the nerves won’t be as bad.”
Tied for second with a 2-under-par 214 were Dru Love, of Sea Island, Ga., Taylor Zoller, of North Charleston, S.C., and Theo Humphrey, of Greenwich, Conn. William Rainey, of Charlotte, and Connor Walters, of Salem, Va., tied for fifth at 1-under-par 215.
Dylan Harris, of Southern Pines, shot 227.
Emrey and Jessica Hoang, of North Augusta, S.C., were tied with two holes left to play after Emrey triple bogeyed No. 16. However, with a birdie on No. 18, Emrey was able to close out Hoang by four strokes. Having tied for second in the 2009 Golf Pride Junior Classic and placing third in 2010, the win meant a lot to the Wake Forest signee.
“I’ve wanted to win this tournament for four years,” Emrey said. “It feels very special with this being my last chance.”
Dunlap at Pebble: John Dunlap, of Hamlet, a member of The First Tee of The Sandhills, is playing Pebble Beach Golf Links this weekend at the Nature Valley First Tee Open. Dunlap is paired alongside Champions Tour professional Bobby Clampett.
This is an official Champions Tour tournament that pairs 78 junior golfers with 78 professionals. It is being played at Pebble Beach and Del Monte Golf Course and televised nationally on the Golf Channel.
TW-First Tee: Josh Stockwell, of Aberdeen, is off to a blazing start in the Tin Whistle-First Tee Junior Tour, which held its 2011 debut event at Foxfire Golf & Country Club last week.
Stockwell shot 75-74—149 to win the Boys’ Blue Tee Championship Flight by seven strokes over runner-up John Dunlap, of Hamlet, who shot 84-72—156. Corey Whitten, of Bennett, was third at 165.
John Rea, of Pinehurst, won the Boys’ White Tee Flight with 83-72—155. Bryan D’Ostroph, of Whispering Pines, and Jeremy Keyes, of Cary, tied for second with 161. Austin Scarboro, of Pinebluff, finished third with 166.
Bryan Boulanger, of Southern Pines, shot 86-93—179 to win the Boys’ Yellow Tee Flight. Jared Robinson and Chris Kelly, of Pinehurst, were second and third respectively.
Carolina Rea, of Pinehurst, shot 84-80—164 to win the Girls’ Championship Flight. Savannah Thompson, of West End, was second with 87-82—169. Rebecca Anderson, of Southern Pines, was third with 180.
Noa Bullough, of Vass, posted nine-hole scores of 43-41 for a total of 84 to win the 11-Under Red Tee Flight. Dakota Locklear, of Pembroke, finished a shot back at 85, while Kajun Hunt, of Maxton, was third with 98.
Ethan Waters, of Carthage, won the 11-Under Orange Tee Flight with 47-85. Carson Burney, of Southern Pines, was second with 89, while Nicholas Boulanger, of Southern Pines, shot 94.
The Tin Whistle-First Tee Junior Tour is open to boys and girls ages 8-18 who have not graduated high school. Future events are scheduled for July 12-13 at Pinehurst Resort’s No. 6 Course; July 27-28 at Mid Pines, Aug. 2-3 at the Country Club of Whispering Pines; and Aug. 15-16 at Pinewild Country Club.
For information or to register for events, visit the website at www.twftjrtour. com.
Women’s Am: Five women tied for medalist honors in the U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier held at Sapona Country Club in Lexington.
Samantha Wagner, Sarah Bae, Jessica Hollandsworth, Courtney Boe and Calle Nielson all shot 71, while Taelor Rubin claimed the sixth berth, defeating Chelsey Couch in a playoff.
Amanda D’Ostroph, of Whispering Pines, shot 77, while Katja Dammann, of Germany and Pinehurst, shot 80.
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