DAVIS TAKES FIRST AJGA TITLE AT FRENCH CREEK GOLF CLUB
Watts wins Girls Division in sudden-death playoff
ELVERSON, Pa.— At the end of the final round of the CorseMax/Philidelphia Runner Junior Thursday, Amory Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C., reclaimed his first-round lead with a 7-under-par 64 to win the Boys Division by two strokes. Andrea Watts of Lone Tree, Colo., also took her first AJGA title in the Girls Division after a sudden-death playoff with Lindsey Solberg of Verona, Wis.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior was a 54-hole stroke-play competition featuring 95 boys and girls from 21 states at French Creek Golf Club. The Boys Division played to a par-71 6,538 yards, while the Girls Division played to a par-70 5,248 yards.
The CorseMax/Philidelphia Runner Junior title was the first AJGA win for Davis, who lost by one stroke at the Bridgestone Junior Classic in April.
“It feels good to shoot a number to win, instead of everyone falling around me,” Davis said. “I had to make birdies to win.”
Davis, whose previous low-round score was 67, capitalized on hitting many fairways and greens in regulation to card eight birdies on the day.
“You have to be dedicated to your shots,” Davis said. “Usually I'm not, but today I was committed to my line.”
Jake An of Centreville, Va., claimed second with a tournament total of 208, Jeffrey Chen of Walnut, Calif., finished third at 210, Neal McCarty of Sierra Vista, Ariz., came in fourth at 211, and Sean Brannan of Hollidaysburg, Pa., and Chris Rockwell of Owings Mill, Md., tied for fifth at 212.
In the Girls Division, Watts played a steady round, carding 16 pars on the day.
“My goal was to make pars,” Watts said. “I was able to get up and down when I needed to, and I was very consistent today.”
Watts was four strokes behind Solberg going into No. 13, yet continued to remain steady, making par on her last five holes.
“Today I was modest and didn't try for birdies,” she said. “I was driving the ball well and gave myself many par putts.”
Solberg, concluding the one-hole sudden-death playoff, finished second with a 69-71-76—216 tournament total. Katie Conway of Wading River, N.Y., and Won Joo Choi of Temecula, Calif., tied for third at 220.
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