MCCORMICK WINS BY FIVE STROKES IN FIRST AJGA EVENT
Aubert and Feng share title in Girls Division at The Country Club of Mendon
MENDON, N.Y. — Ryan McCormick of Middletown, N.J., finished the Medicus Preseason Junior at Rochester presented by Wegmans LPGA and Xerox Classic with a tournament total of 4-over-par 146 to win Sunday. In the Girls Division, Shannon Aubert of Augusta, Ga., and Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., both carded a tournament total of 11-over-par 157 to finish atop the leaderboard by two strokes.
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 tournament field consisted of 84 boys and 16 girls, ages 12 to 18, from 17 states, Mexico and Canada. The Boys Division played the course as a par-71 at 6,623 yards, while the Girls Division layout was played as a par-73 at 6,081 yards.
McCormick, the leader after the first round by four strokes, came into Sunday's final round with the attitude to go out and play like any other day. The 16-year-old acknowledged his short game for holding the round together when he needed to make pars. McCormick parred six of his first nine holes and experienced the best moment of his round after making the turn.
“Coming off a bogey on hole nine, I knew that No. 10 was a hole that I could get a stroke back on,” McCormick said. “I hit a good drive and got it over the green in two shots. Then I had a good up-and-down just like the ones I like to practice in my backyard. After that I was able to keep it together for the rest of the round.”
Andrew Graham of Lagrangeville, N.Y., Matt Teesdale of Maple Glen, Pa., and Joseph Colosi of Rush, N.Y., finished in second with two-day totals of 9-over-par 151. In fifth with a total of 10-over-par 152 were Kyle Johnson of Endicott, N.Y., and Brad Altenhoff of Burlington, Ontario.
Aubert started the final round in sixth place and carded two consecutive birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 to finish with a final round total of 4-over-par 77. The 12-year-old credits her putting as the difference between her first and final round.
“I felt like I played well today and the main difference between yesterday and today was no three putts,” Aubert said. “I practiced putting for about an hour and a half yesterday afternoon and I really felt more confident on the greens today.”
The 12-year-old Feng saved par on her last five holes to bring in a final round total of 6-over-par 79. After hitting her tee shot on No. 11 onto the fairway, she found the green and made a 20-foot putt for birdie to tie for the win in the first AJGA event of her career.
“I really cherish this win,” Feng said. “This is a once in a lifetime tournament and it tells me where I stand. I'm competing with really good girl golfers and it gives me confidence for the future.”
Rounding out the Girls Division in third were Juliet Vongphoumy of Providence, R.I., and Amanda Steinhagen of Oak Hill, Va., with a tournament total of 13-over-par 159.
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