REED WINS FIRST AJGA OPEN TOURNAMENT
Terry comes from five strokes back to take first
ABILENE, Texas — Curtis Reed of Castroville, Texas, shot a tournament total 4-under-par 216 to take first at the Bob Estes Abilene Junior. Kaylin Terry of Austin, Texas sits atop the leaderboard after coming from five strokes back and carding a tournament total of 4-over-par 220.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Bob Estes Abilene Junior was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Abilene Country Club. The tournament field consisted of 103 boys and 39 girls with a cut after the second round to 44 boys and 16 girls, ages 13 to 18, from 14 states, Mexico, Thailand and New Zealand. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,076 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,147 yards.
Reed came into the final round tied for second and ready for his first AJGA victory. He approached No. 9 at 1-under-par and 1-shot back. He hit a 3-wood from 260 yards out into the bunker 15 yards from the flagstick.
“I was thinking ‘the other guy is already on the green, I'll just try to get it close to put some pressure on him',” Reed said.
Using a lob wedge, he holed the bunker shot for eagle and made the turn tied for first.
Reed never three putted even though he is skeptical about his short game, devoting the four days before the tournament strictly to putting.
“I've always been a good ball striker,” Reed said. “It's been good all summer and it kept me in the game this week. It compensated for my putting.”
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division was John Antle of Graham, Texas, in second, Brandon Wilhide of Richmond, Texas in third, Michael Schoolcraft of Englewood, Colo., in fourth and tied for fifth were Taylor Moore of Edmond, Okla., Kyle Westmoreland of Katy, Texas, and Scott Sheffler of Dallas.
Terry was not thinking about winning this tournament when she teed off this morning five-strokes out of the lead, instead she was hoping for an AJGA Scotty Cameron putter cover for the low final round score. Finding herself in contention for the lead, she was hesitant to add scores, trying to stay focused and keep her mind off the obvious.
“I didn't add up my scores or theirs,” Terry said. “I didn't want to know where anyone was, I was so nervous and trying to keep my head in the game.”
Her final-round 71 was her best round this tournament, shooting 1-under-par on the front and even par on the back.
Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Casey Grice of College Station, Texas, in second and Gabriela Lopez of Mexico City in third.
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