PUTNUM RALLIES FOR THE WIN WITH 5-UNDER-PAR 67
Thirteen-year-old Frasier birdies No.18 to claim her first AJGA event
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Andrew Putnam of University Place, Wash., fired a 5-under-par 67 and overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the Boys Division title at the Pacific Northwest International Junior Presented by Jeff Troesch. Thirteen-year-old Danielle Frasier of Encinitas, Calif., birdied her last hole of the day to take the Girls Division title by one stroke.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch was played at the par-72 Trophy Lake Golf & Casting. Sixty-three boys and 20 girls ages 12-18 competed in the 54-hole event, from seven states and Canada, including 31 players from California and 29 from Washington.
Putnam had six birdies during his round to mount his comeback. He birdied Nos. 6, 7, and 8 to close with a two-under-par 34 on the front nine. Two consecutive birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 gave him a slight cushion heading into the clubhouse.
“I don't know,” Putnam said. “It seems like whenever I'm close to the lead, I just start making birdies.”
His 4-under-par 212 tournament total gives Putnam confidence heading into bigger events during the year.
“The thought of playing in the [majors],” Putnam said. “That's going to be crazy.”
Ronnald Monaco of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., finished in second with a 2-under-par 214 tournament total. FootJoy Boys Invitational Champion Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., posted a 215 total for third while T.J. Bordeaux also of Tacoma, Wash., came in fourth at 217. In fifth, Nick Ellis of East Wenatchee, Wash., finished at 218.
Frasier came to No. 18 tied for the lead with Danielle Kang of Oak Park, Calif., when Frasier was faced with a tough decision. After her drive found the fairway, Frasier wasn't sure if she should go for the green in two.
She went for it.
“Surprisingly, I was really calm,” Frasier said. “I got up to the ball, calmed myself down, and went for it.”
Frasier roped a 4-wood from 215 yards to the center of the green. She two-putted for birdie and the win. Frasier, who was down four strokes after eight holes, is now aware of her place in AJGA history.
“It's really exciting,” Frasier said. “There are big names who have won AJGA events… to win my first AJGA [tournament], this is just really big.”
Kang finished one-stroke behind Frasier in second with a 217 tournament total. Ashley Smith of Calgary, Alberta, finished third with a three-day total of 219.
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 counties.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
For more information on the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch, please contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.