MURPHY, WHITE CAPTURE FIRST AJGA CROWNS AT THE MEMORIAL JUNIOR
Murphy holds off charge for win
DELAWARE, Ohio- After leading through the first two rounds, Tanner Murphy of Columbus, Ohio, fired a 2-under-par 69 to take home the trophy for the first time in his AJGA career with a tournament total of 205 at the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card. Allie White of Lancaster, Ohio, led wire-to-wire and also clinched her first AJGA title at 3-over-par 216.
The Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 78 boys and 20 girls — ages 12 to 18 — from 18 states. Dornoch Golf Club hosted the second-year event for the first time.
Sinking a 25-foot putt for birdie on No. 1, Murphy started the day off solid and continued his hot streak throughout the day, carding a total of five birdies.
“I was hitting my driver good all day,” 16-year-old Murphy said, who finished at 68-68-69—205. “I made a lot of big putts. On No. 17, I was only two strokes ahead, and I sunk a 6-foot downhill putt for par. That was big—I knew I could win then.”
Murphy hit 11 fairways, 12 greens in regulation and used only 29 putts to seal the deal for his first tournament title.
“It's awesome,” Murphy said. “It's unreal. I never thought I'd win an AJGA tournament.”
Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., finished a close second at 7-under-par 70-67-69—206, 1-shot behind Murphy. Doug Stadler of Wexford, Pa., placed third at 70-73-68—211, while Darrin Cripe of Cromwell, Ind., carded 74-67-71—212 to take fourth. Three players tied for fifth at even-par 213: Jonathan Bowers of Upper Arlington, Ohio, at 72-71-70—213, Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio, at 71-69-73—213, and Clayton Parkhill of Champaign, Ill., at 71-72-70—213,
White claimed her first AJGA victory in the Girls Division, carding a 1-over-par 72 to seal her place atop the leaderboard at 71-73-72—216.
“It feels great to win,” White said. “This is the biggest tournament I have ever won, and probably the best I've ever played.”
Calming her final-round jitters, White was able to deliver four birdies and a string of pars, which she attributes to her driving.
“On the front-nine, I hit my irons really well, but missed some putts,” said White. “On the back-nine, I didn't hit many greens, but I was putting well. The driver worked well all week. That's a surprise!”
Alexandra Lederhausen of Hinsdale, Ill., carded one of the three final low-round scores at 1-over-par 72 to tie for second at 74-73-72—219. Laura Nochta of Cortland, Ohio, remained consistent all week, carding identical 73s every round for a tournament total of 219 to tie for second with Lederhausen.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(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.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
For more information on the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card, please contact AJGA Headquarters at (770) 868-4200, or visit ajga.org.