NUGENT COMES FROM FOUR SHOTS BACK TO WIN
RAND GRAPHICS - WILDCAT GOLF WICHITA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Guthrie completes wire-to-wire win with nine-stroke victory
WICHITA, Kan. â€” Katy Nugent of Wichita, Kan., won her first AJGA event Friday on her home course with a 1-under-par final-round charge to win by three strokes with a three-round total of 227. Luke Guthrie of Quincy, Ill., completed a first-to-final round sweep and won the Rand Graphics â€” Wildcat Golf Wichita Junior Championship with a nine-shot victory at a 1-under-par tournament total of 215.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rand Graphics â€” Wildcat Golf Wichita Junior Championship was a 54-hole, stroke play event held at Crestview Country Club â€” North Course. The 84-player field featured juniors from 17 states and Canada. The course was played at 6,915 yards for the Boys Division and 6,010 yards for the Girls Division.
Nugent, unable to compete in the tournament last year due to a broken foot, stayed in contention throughout the blustery first two rounds and came out firing in the much calmer final round with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. She stayed steady on the back and was able to card one of only two rounds under par in the tournament for the girls en route to her victory.
â€śIt is an honor to get to play in this tournament, let alone win it,â€ť Nugent said. â€śMy short game came up huge for me today.â€ť
Second-round leader Hannah Yun of Bradenton, Fla., finished second, three strokes back at 230. Becca Huffer of Denver, Colo., who shot the other under-par round, placed third, four strokes back with a tournament total of 231.
In the Boys Division, Guthrie, as he had done all week, continued to dominate the field. He shot a 2-under-par 70 to run away with the title. Though this was only his second AGJA tournament, as last year's Illinois State Champion, Guthrie knows how to compete in the big tournaments. He looks to carry that momentum into other tournaments with his newly attained Fully Exempt Status.
â€śIt helped to have a big lead,â€ť Guthrie said. â€śI knew I was playing solid and just stayed with it. I feel good about my game and will continue to work on a few things to tighten it up.â€ť
Geoffrey Shaw of Edmond Okla., last year's runner up, finished second with a tournament total of 224. Last year's champion, William Kropp, also of Edmond Okla., finished tied for third with Andrew Sajevic of Fremont, Neb., and Stephen Carney of Tulsa, Okla with tournament totals of 226.
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