CARTER CLAIMS MEDALIST HONORS AT ASHWORTH JUNIOR AT CHATEAU ELAN
Second straight 73 helps Alabaman come from behind
BRASELTON, Ga. — Wes Carter of Hoover, Ala., conquered a golf course that had gotten the best of him in the past, firing a steady 73-73—146 to win medalist honors Sunday at the Ashworth Junior at Chateau Elan.
The Ashworth Junior at Chateau Elan, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Chateau Elan Resort's 6,759-yard Chateau Course, tested 96 junior golfers over 36 holes of stroke play.
The AJGA's Ashworth Junior Series is designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event in the current or previous calendar year.
In previous years, the 17-year-old Carter had attempted five AJGA qualifiers on the Chateau Course, with a low score of 4-over-par 75. But after a 2-over-par 73 in Saturday's opening round, Carter found himself just three shots off the lead and tied for third place.
“I've been striking the ball well and putting well,” Carter said. “It's just been tough to put it together in one round of golf.”
After doing just that on Saturday, Carter was not ready to stop at one round. By shooting a second consecutive 73 in the final round, Carter put together a pair of solid rounds to overcome the three-stroke deficit and finish on top of the field.
Sunday's 73 was extra satisfying because Carter kept his composure while in contention.
“This is the first time I've played well being close to the lead,” Carter said. “I've learned from not playing well while being near the lead in my last few tournaments. I just took it one shot at a time and it worked out.”
It took Carter only two holes to pull even with first-round leader Randall Allen of Atlanta. After trading the lead throughout the front nine, Carter and Allen stayed even with each other on the back side until Allen fell two shots off the pace when his tee shot trickled out of bounds on No. 17. The two-shot penalty made the difference, as Allen finished two strokes behind Carter.
With his newfound confidence in his ability to tame the Chateau Course, Carter will return for yet another qualifier this Thursday in an attempt to qualify for the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan over Easter Weekend.
His reward for being medalist Sunday at the Ashworth Junior at Chateau Elan is two exemptions for future AJGA tournaments. Carter Newman of Evans, Ga., fired a 73-75—148 to tie for second place with Allen (70-78—148).
Tied for fourth were T.J. Mitchell of Albany, Ga., and Seth McWhorter of Athens, Ga., at 150.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information regarding the Ashworth Junior at Chateau Elan, call the AJGA's National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
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