Khan notches first AJGA victory at Harvey Penick Junior All-Star
Coleman wins third career AJGA Championship at Grey Rock Golf Club
AUSTIN, Texas - Osama Khan of St. James, Barbados, who sat in fourth place going into the final round, carded a final round 2-under-par 70 to win the Boys Division Championship. In the Girls Division, Taylor Coleman of San Antonio, Texas, won her third career AJGA Championship by carding a 3-over-par 75, to finish the tournament at 7-over-par 223.
The Harvey Penick Junior All-Star is one of ten events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Montverde Academy All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy All-Star Series events. The tournament field includes 55 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-15, from 13 states, Canada, Barbados and Mexico. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,607 yards, while the Girls Division played at 5,854 yards.
Khan's final round included three birdies, and a goal of what he says was “getting back to basics.”
“I just stuck back to the basics of hitting fairways and greens — giving myself opportunities for birdies. I did that early, getting two straight birdies; I hit some good approach shots and made the putts. It was just a matter of how mentally tough I was and fortunately, I was and got the win,” Khan said.
Khan's tournament total of 1-under-par 215, lead him to his first AJGA championship, a victory that he says will continue to boost his golf game in the future.
“This is a big boost for me, I know I can win with the top US players under 15,” Khan said.
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division was a four-way tie for second place. Shintaro Ban of San Jose, Calif., Jack Little of Montgomery, Texas, Tharusyan Pillay of San Jose, Calif., and Carter Patterson of The Woodlands, Texas, who all tied with a tournament total of 1-over-par 217.
In the Girls Division, Coleman, who recorded her first AJGA victory last year at this event, used strong iron play and committed to a focused game plan in order to regain the lead, and ultimately capture the championship.
“I was just focusing on hitting one shot at a time, and not getting too carried away with my score,” Coleman said of her game plan heading into the final round.
Coleman who is headed to England to play in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy in September says that her experience in AJGA events will really help her confidence as she heads to International play.
“It boosts my confidence because I know I've won three AJGA events, and I can do well in England now,” said Coleman.
Tied for second place was Cheyenne Knight of The Woodlands, Texas, and Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, who both finished at 13-over-par 229.
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