HEDGE AND REEVES TIE FOR WIN AT GOLF WORLD/MEDICUS PRESEASON JUNIOR AT FURMAN
Neville claims victory by six strokes in the Girls Division at Furman University Golf Club
GREENVILLE, S.C. â€” Jake Hedge of Billings, Mont., and Crawford Reeves of Greenville, S.C., both finished with 2-over-par 146s to win the Boys Division at the Golf World/Medicus Preseason Junior at Furman. Jennifer Neville of Bradenton, Fla., held onto her first round lead to win by six strokes Sunday with a 12-over-par 156.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf World/Medicus Preseason Junior at Furman was a 36-hole stroke play event held at the Furman University Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 76 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 23 states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,825 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,012 yards.
Hedge, playing in his second career AJGA event, began the final round one stroke behind the leader. The 16-year-old carded three birdies for a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine finishing the day with a 1-over-par 73. He was pleased with his win despite not being able to practice often during the winter months at home in Montana.
â€śI tried to play my best and it feels good to win considering I haven't gotten to play much lately,â€ť Hedge said. â€śMy goal was to finish in the top ten and now this gives me a good boost going into the summer.â€ť
Reeves was the only player to record a score under par, carding a 1-under-par 71 in the final round. The 16-year-old made a 15-foot putt on the second hole for eagle, which got his momentum rolling. He also felt he had an advantage over most other players in the field. Reeves practices everyday on the tournament course with his high school teammates.
â€śKnowing the course helped a lot because I definitely knew where to hit the ball and where not to hit it,â€ť Reeves said. â€śOverall, I really enjoyed this tournament because I was playing with people from all over the country and I feel like I'm in a good position for the rest of the summer.â€ť
Andrew Gain of Bradenton, finished third in the Boys Division at 3-over-par 147. In fourth was Zach Edmondson of Morrisville, N.C.,with a total score of 4-over-par 148. Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division at 5-over-par 149 was Ben Fogler of Elgin, S.C.
In the Girls Division, Neville was able to keep her lead throughout the day to win the first AJGA event she's played in. The 16-year-old finished the day with an 8-over-par 80 and felt she struggled on the first nine holes but turned it around on her last nine with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes.
â€śOnce I stopped thinking about winning was when I started playing better,â€ť Neville said. â€śI'm excited to have won this tournament and I plan on playing in more AJGA events.â€ť
Finishing second in the Girls Division was Ashlan Ramsey of Augusta, Ga., with an 18-over-par 162. Courtney Rousse of Holly Springs, N.C., and Taylor Schmidt of Kincardine, Ontario, tied for third with total scores of 19-over-par 163.
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