KREMBEL STAYS SOLID TO EARN MEDALIST HONORS
Exciting finish produces two medalists in the Girls Division
OPELIKA, Ala. — Hailing from Shalimar,
Fla., Matthew Krembel shot a final-round 74 to lead him to a two-shot
victory over first-round co-leader Jeffrey Osborne of Dallas. The Girls
Division was too close to crown one winner, as Jessy Tang of Orlando,
Fla., and Mitsuki Katahira of Hilton Head Island, S.C., shared medalist
honors with two-day tournament totals of 149.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus
Preseason Junior at RTJ Grand National was held at RTJ Grand National
Golf Course in Opelika, Ala. Part of the Medicus Preseason/Postseason
Junior Series, the tournament was a 36-hole stroke play event and
consisted of 48 boys and 36 girls, ages 12-18, from 21 states and
Canada. The par-72 golf course played at 6,869 yards for the boys and
5,817 yards for the girls.
Aided by a great save from the fairway bunker on No. 18,
Krembel found himself atop the leaderboard. Krembel birdied the par-3,
Nos. 3 and 15 to fuel his performance throughout the final round.
“When I hit that shot out of the bunker on No. 18, I thought I
was only up by one,” said Krembel. “It turned out that I was up by
Osborne's final round mix of birdies and bogeys eventually
took him out of contention. His 5-over-par 77 brought his tournament
total to 7-over-par 151.
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division were Chris
Burke of Jacksonville, Fla., and Bryce McCarthy of Fort Worth, Texas,
tied for third with tournament totals of 154. Shay Womack, Jr. of
Marietta, Ga., finished alone in fifth with a 156.
Katahira and Tang battled to the finish to share medalist
honors. The roller coaster day made for an exciting final round as the
two traded shots all day. Both girls finished the event with 5-over-par
“As a whole, I'm glad I came,” said Katahira. “I plan to visit
my home in Japan during the summer and play more when I come back.”
Tang was just as excited about her first AJGA experience.
“This is my first AJGA tournament,” said Tang. “It's exciting.
I've never won before, especially not a prestigious tournament like
Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Hannah Weathersby of Belvidere, Tenn., with a tournament total of 151.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
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men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through
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