LOCAL PLAYER CASTRO VICTORIOUS AT THE ALDILA JUNIOR OPEN
Shon goes wire-to-wire for the win at The Country Club of the South
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Franco Castro of Alpharetta, Ga., finished the final round with a 6-under-par 66 to take the home the tournament trophy with a total of 72-66 — 138. Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., shot a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to earn top honors in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 67-70 — 137.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Aldila Junior Open was a 36-hole stroke play event held at The Country Club of the South. The tournament field consisted of 78 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 21 states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,872 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,130 yards.
Carding seven birdies on the day, Castro stayed consistent in his method. Using his driver, then wedges, and one putt on the green Castro was able to keep the competition behind him. The front nine was better for Castro as he made the turn 4-under. Missing only three greens throughout the day, Castro got up and down two out of the three and saved par. He struggled with the back nine's harder hole locations, but managed to stay ahead.
“The No. 17 par-3 was difficult, I missed the green left,” said Castro. “ But I got up and down and birdied No. 18, I just didn't let it get to me.”
Tied for second with tournament totals of 142 were Jay Vandeventer of Bristol, Tenn., Jack Walsh of Lawrenceville, Ga., Tom Lovelady of Birmingham, Ala., and Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, Ga.
Course management and a more positive attitude have been the keys to Shon's game this spring. Deciding between an eight and nine iron on the No. 1 fairway, Shon was 130 yards out and the flagstick was at the front of the green. She chose her nine iron and holed out for eagle. Shon had a better start today than yesterday and she believes the weather was the deciding factor.
“The rain made it easier,” said Shon. “Yesterday the greens didn't receive the putts, today the rain made them stick.”
Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai of Bradenton, Fla., scored a tournament total of 143 to finish in second. Tied for third with tournament totals of 147 were Amy Meier of Rochester Hills, Mich., Shannon Aubert of Orlando, Fla., and Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C.
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 a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.
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For more information about the Aldila Junior Open please contact AJGA National Headquarters at 770-868-4200 or visit ajga.org.