NeSmith wins Azalea Invitational

Matt NeSmith of North Augusta, S.C., took home the champion’s trophy at the Azalea Invitational, held March 29 – April 1 at The Country Club of Charleston. After a 1-overpar 72 in the first round, NeSmith fired three rounds of 66 for a 14-under-par tournament total.

NeSmith, the No. 3 ranked boy in the Polo Golf Rankings, joins an impressive list of past champions with the win, including two-time winner and AJGA alum Webb Simpson.

NeSmith has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of South Carolina. The South Carolina native came out on top at the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic in 2011, and then followed with a win at the Jones Cup Junior Invitational. In 2011, he had four top-three finishes in national junior golf competition.

Other AJGA members with top-10 finishes at the Azalea Invitational included Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., who finished in second with an 11-under-par tournament total. Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo., finished in sixth at 8-under-par.

 
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Weekly Results
Bishops Gate Golf Academy Preseason Junior at Ocala
Boys
Total
T
1
Calle Hagstrom
141
T
1
Benjamin Hjort
141
3
Louis-Francois Charpentier
142
Girls
Total
1
Christina (Siqing) Lu
150
2
Rina Jung
155
T
3
Natalie Petersen
156
T
3
Christen Simons
156
Preseason Junior at North Hampton presented by the City of Jacksonville
Boys
Total
1
Logan Membrino
143
T
2
Cecil Wegener
149
T
2
Connor Futrell
149
Girls
Total
1
Alexa Rivas
152
2
Claire Fitzgerald
153
3
Kristin Whitehead
158
Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship
Boys
Total
1
*Brandon Smith
142
2
Riley Casey
142
3
Thomas Lewis
144
Girls
Total
1
Courtney Dow
142
T
2
Xinying Wang
145
T
2
Hailey Jones
145
T
2
Bailey Tardy
145
Preseason Junior at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Ryan Grauman
145
2
Seldon Doyle
148
3
Zackary Kaneshiro
151
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Ko
145
2
Linyu Dong
150
3
Carol Cheng
151
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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