SINDELAR COMES FROM BEHIND WITH A FINAL-ROUND 72 TO WIN BOYS DIVISION
Carr pulls away to win Girls Division
MENDON, N.Y. â€” Jamison Sindelar of Horseheads, N.Y., shot a 1-over-par 72 Sunday at the Medicus Preseason Junior at Rochester presented by Wegmans LPGA and Xerox Classic to grab a come-from-behind victory with a tournament total of 7-over-par 149. In the Girls Division, first-round leader Darlea Carr, of Pinehurst, N.C., fired her second consecutive round of 7-over-par 78 to medalist honors with a tournament total of 14-over-par 156.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Rochester presented by Wegmans LPGA and Xerox Classic was a 36-hole stroke play event held at The Country Club of Mendon. The 84-player field featured players from 17 states and Canada. The course played at 6,541 yards for the Boys Division and 5,838 yards for the Girls Division.
After a first-round 77, Sindelar was three strokes behind the leader going into the final round. Sindelar focused on sticking to his own game rather than worrying about his standing.
â€śI pretty much just hit the ball in the fairway most of the day,â€ť Sindelar said.
Sindelar had just two birdies in two days, but said he played the game well and it just fell into place. One of those birdies came on the tournament's closing hole to seal the win.
â€śIt was really fun to birdie the last hole,â€ť Sindelar said.
Sindelar said after the way he played this weekend, he is hopeful that he will win more AJGA tournaments in the future.
David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., and Yaroslav Merkulov of Penfield, N.Y., each carded tournament total 151s to tie for second. Rick Travis of Dublin, Ohio and Kramer Hickok of Plano, Texas tied for fourth with tournament totals of 152.
In the Girls Division, Carr said she was glad to see all of her hard work pay off. After a double bogey on No. 2 she had to make up some strokes to contest the lead.
â€śMy birdie on No. 10 helped me a lot on the back nine,â€ť Carr said.
With another birdie on No.15, where her approach shot came within inches of the hole, Carr felt confident coming down the stretch.
Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., carded a tournament total of 158 for second place while Ashley Mooney of Port St. Lucie Fla., finished third with a tournament total of 165.
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