WANG HANGS ON FOR WIN AT RANDALL PARKER SHOOTOUT AT WILD QUAIL
Onesi charges to take Boys Division title by 3 strokes to win first AJGA title
WYOMING, Del. â€” Catherina Wang of Orlando, Fla., carded an even-par 72 in the final round to hold on for the win at the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild Quail. Wang, who led throughout the event, was able to withhold a final-round charge by Sarah Brown of Stewartsville, N.J., who fired a 67 on day three. In the Boys Division, Eric Onesi of Bear, Del., shot a Boys Division low 67 to come back for the victory.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randall Parker Shootout at Wild Quail was held at the Wild Quail Golf & Country Club in Wyoming, Del. The 54-hole event featured 103 junior golfers from 16 states, including seven from the state of Delaware.
Wang, a 2004 Rolex Junior All-American, carded rounds of 68-72-72â€”212 en route to her fourth tournament victory of her career. With three birdies on the day, Wang was able to make par on the afternoon.
â€śIt was nice to start earlier in the day, and I felt good all around,â€ť Wang said.
Wang, who finished the day with 12 pars, credited her birdie on No. 10 to keep her in the hunt for the title.
â€śThe birdie on No. 10 really helped me today,â€ť Wang said. â€śIt is always nice to start the back-nine on a positive note.â€ť
Finishing behind Wang in second was Julie Kim of Bayside, N.Y., who finished the tournament with rounds of 75-68-75â€”218. Thirteen-year-old Brown carded a Girls Division tournament-low 67 to finish with a tournament total 219 for third place honors.
In the Boys Division, Onesi surged to the top spot after his round of 67 to earn his first career AJGA victory.
â€śEverything started from the first hole,â€ť Onesi said. â€śI just kept telling myself that birdies will come and pars are just as good.â€ť
And the birdies did come as Onesi carded seven on the day, including three during the home stretch of Nos. 15, 16 and 18. According to Onesi the key to the day was putting.
â€śToday every putt was an inch short or 6-inches past, so I was around the hole all day,â€ť Onesi said. â€śI was making putts all day, it felt great.â€ť
Max Wyndorf of Chadds Ford, Pa. and Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., finished tied for second with a 4-under-par 212 tournament total. Alone in fourth place was Joshua Jenkins of Ellicott City, Md., with a tournament total 213. Tied for fifth place at 2-under-par 214 were Samuel Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., Chris Mullhaupt of Bradenton, Fla., and Dan Rexon of Haddonfield N.J.
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