LAS VEGAS— At the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship presented by Meadow Gold Dairy, consecutive birdies gave Ryan Sheffer of Tucson, Ariz the lead he needed to finish the tournament with a 10-under-par 203 and take the championship title. Sarah Salvo of Glendale, Calif., won by one stroke with a 10-over-par 223 to claim her first victory at an American Junior Golf Association open tournament.
Conducted by the AJGA, The Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship presented by Meadow Gold Dairy was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Angel Park Golf Club — Mountain Course. The 84-player event featured 63 boys and 21 girls, 48 of them from California and 14 from Arizona. The boys tees played from 6,680 yards and the girls played from 5,902 yards.
Sheffer's shot out of the bunker to three feet on No. 17 earned him his third birdie and first lead of the day. The two-shot cushion allowed him to relax and concentrate on his tee shot off No. 18, where he carded his fourth birdie for the round.
“I aimed at the bunker and hit a decent second shot,” Sheffer said of the par-5 on No. 17. “After I finished No. 17 I felt pretty good about my chances of winning.”
Tied for second place in the tournament was Michael Gideon of Lancaster, Calif., Tyler Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., and Nicholas Losole III of Scottsdale, Ariz. with 7-under-par 206. Kevin Collignon of Las Vegas, Nev. rounded out the Boys Division with 6-under-par 207.
It was a head-to-head competition in the Girls Division between Salvo and Lindy LaBauve of Scottsdale, Ariz., but it was Salvo who claimed the championship by one stroke after saving par on Nos. 17 and 18.
“I knew that I needed the putt on No. 17 to stay alive,” Salvo said. “It was going to come down to the last hole, so I kept telling myself that I've done this before.”
Tied for second place in the Girls Division were LaBauve and Robyn Kim of Cypress, Calif., at 11-over-par 224.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information about the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship presented by Meadow Gold Dairy, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.