HERITAGE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Berkeley Hall Club
Bluffton, S.C. •
June 15 - 18
FROM BEHIND TO CAPTURE HERITAGE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Stephens holds off
charge for first AJGA win at Berkeley Hall
BLUFFTON, S.C. – Wesley McClain of Diboll,
Texas fired a final-round 3-under-par 69 to
erase a two-shot deficit and capture a one-shot victory at the Heritage Junior
Championship. In the Girls Division, Haley Stephens of Greer, S.C., held off an
early charge from her pursuers and carded a 3-under-par 69 en route to a five-shot
Conducted by the
American Junior Golf Association, the Heritage Junior Championship was a 54-hole
stroke play event being held at the Berkeley Hall – South Course. The
tournament field consisted of 58 boys and 21 girls, ages 14 to 18 from 14
The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 7,056 yards, while the Girls
Division played the course at 6,226 yards.
jumped to the top of the leaderboard on the front nine, carding four birdies in
his first six holes on his way to an opening-nine 32. After a bogey on No. 17,
McClain held a one-shot lead going into the final hole. His approach shot to 10
feet allowed him to two-putt his way to his first AJGA win with a 5-under-par
“I’m stoked and
surprised, it’s been a long time coming,” McClain said. “I knew I had to shoot
under par. I thought even par, I’d get lapped. I came out and made a few putts
early and just really got my round going.”
Pete Kellermann of
finished in second place with a 4-under-par 212 total. Thomas Bradshaw of Columbia,
S.C., fired a final-round 69 for a 213
total for a third-place finish. Zachery Sobel of Clearwater
Beach, Fla., and Christian
Hawley of Kernersville, N.C.,
finished in a tie for fourth at 2-under-par 214.
In the Girls
Division, Stephens started on the back nine and quickly saw her four-shot lead
reduced to quick
birdies from second-place finisher Collins Bradshaw. However, Stephens, who will
attend the University of Texas
in the fall, carded four birdies against only one bogey on her last 14 holes to
card a 3-under-par 69 for a 54-hole total of 7-under-par 209.
“I wanted to maintain what I did throughout
the first two days,” Stephens said. “I started playing a little more aggressively
to get a few strokes back. My game plan kind of changed throughout, it was
conservative then it kind of moved toward a little more aggressive route.”
Columbia, S.C., finished in second after a 2-under-par 70 and 2-under-par 214
total. Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga.,
rounded out the top three with a 2-over-par 218 total.
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.
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 50 states and more
than 30 foreign countries.
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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 350 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.
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Championship, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
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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.