PENNSYLVANIA LOCALS CROWNED KING AND QUEEN IN NEW CASTLE
Orlando wins by two-strokes, Rohanna gets first win at AJGA Junior at New Castle
NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Pennsylvania High School State Champions Gregor Orlando of Erie, Pa. and Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa., claimed the victories at the AJGA Junior at New Castle Thursday.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at New Castle was a 54-hole stroke play event held at New Castle Country Club. The tournament field consisted of 98 players, 75 boys and 23 girls from 20 states, Canada and Thailand. The Boys Division was played at 6,577 yards and the started until No. 11, where he scored his first birdie of the day. His birdies continued on Nos. 13, 15, and 18. Shooting a 2-under-par 70 for the final round, Orlando carded a tournament total of 6-under-par 210.
“I credit my win to my approach shots,” Orlando said. “They got me close to the hole so I didn't have any 20-foot putts. That made this round a lot easier.”
Traveling only an hour and a half from home, Orlando is proud to seal his win so close to home.
“It's awesome to have won here,” Orlando said. “New Castle is the only tournament close to my home; usually, I have about a six-hour drive.”
Joining Orlando in the top five was Andrew Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., at 4-under-par 212. In third at 2-under-par 214 was Andrew Knox of Cary, N.C. Tied for fourth at 1-over-par 217 were Brandon Rukin of Pepper Pike, Ohio, and Brian Langley of Blacksburg, Va.
In the Girls Division, coming into the final round tied for the lead, Rohanna was able to ward off her competitors. She credits her tournament low 4-over-par 220 to her work on the greens.
“My putting was better today,” Rohanna said. “I didn't hit the greens, but I was able to keep a low score with the putts. I only had 28 putts today.”
Winning her first AJGA tournament, Rohanna is thrilled to have had the opportunity to win at New Castle Country Club.
“I live only about an hour and a half away from here,” Rohanna said. “It feels awesome to finally have my first win, and to have it here is even better.”
One-stroke behind Rohanna in second at 5-over-par 221 was Susana Benavides of Bradenton, Fla. Rounding out the Girls Division at 8-over-par 224 was Amy Meier of Rochester Hills, Mich.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
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 AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information about the AJGA Junior at New Castle, contact AJGA National Headquarters (770) 868-4200.
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