July 21, 2012

Shim defeats Liu for U.S. Junior title

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After falling 5-down through the first 18 holes of the championship match at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Andy Shim of Duluth, Ga., began the second 18 by winning eight of the first 10 holes to take a 3-up lead on fellow AJGA player Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y. He went on to win 4 and 3 for his first victory of the 2012 season.

One year ago, Shim qualified for match play, but lost on the 23rd hole in the round of 64. On his way to the 2012 finals, he defeated stroke-play medalist Nicholas Echavarria and was able to overcome a five-hole deficit to 2010 champion Liu to secure his first USGA championship.

Currently No. 41 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Shim has three AJGA victories in his three-year career. His last win came at the 2011 Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic. Recently he recorded top-10 finishes at the FJ Invitational and the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

 
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Weekly Results
EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Open
Boys
Total
1
*Austin Hitt
210
2
Zhengkai Bai
210
3
Zachary Bariso
211
Girls
Total
1
Latanna Stone
219
2
Emma Albrecht
220
3
Lei Ye
222
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Goodman Rudolph
205
2
Ryan Hall
206
3
Brayden Garrison
207
Girls
Total
1
Olivia Cason
207
2
Amanda Doherty
208
3
Abigail Heck
212
Lockton Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Andy Spencer
202
2
Reese Ramsey
207
3
Brian Choe
209
Girls
Total
1
Pajaree Anannarukarn
208
T
2
Mia Ayer
220
T
2
Alexa Tsay
220
The Yang Foundation Junior at Wood Ranch
Boys
Total
1
Sean Yi
209
2
Brandon Brame
210
3
Seldon Doyle
212
Girls
Total
1
Kailie Vongsaga
215
2
Brittany Park
216
3
Ziyi Wang
217
AJGA Philadelphia Junior presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Christian Cavaliere
216
2
Brent Ito
218
3
Alex Zhu
219
Girls
Total
1
Holly McCann
220
T
2
Brynn Walker
221
T
2
Jackie Rogowicz
221
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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