VANDEVENTER LANDS FIRST AJGA WIN IN FINAL EVENT
Breed goes wire-to-wire for first AJGA victory
BRISTOL, Va. Jay Vandeventer of Bristol, Tenn., continued his assault on The Virginian Golf Club with his third sub-par round of the tournament for a 10-shot win. In the Girls Division, Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., carded a 1-over-par 73 to cruise to a six-shot victory.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Championship at the Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources was a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Virginian Golf Club. The tournament field featured 99 boys and 32 girls, ages 13-18, from 21 states, Canada and China. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,002 yards, while the Girls Division played the layout at 6,155 yards. After the second round, the field was cut to the low 57 boys and 18 girls.
Playing in his final AJGA competitive round before attending the University of Tennessee in the fall, Vandeventer carded seven birdies, including four on his inward nine. He recorded 20 birdies in the tournament and after steady rain fell over the second and third rounds, Vandeventer was the only player in the field to finish under par.
Even though this is my home course, in these conditions, it is very tough and you still have to play golf, Vandeventer said. I knew anything around par and I'd be good. I just wanted to stay calm and stay relaxed. I feel like I've gained a lot of confidence, especially playing in the rain.
Alex Hoffman of Myersville, Md., finished in second with a 1-over-par 217 tournament total. David Snyder of Somerset, Ky., was third with a 2-over-par 218 total. Max Markley of Lookout Mountain, Ga., was fourth after carding a 3-over-par 219 total. Logan Hance of White Pine, Tenn., Jordan Jennings of Jefferson City, Tenn., Lucas Armstrong of Church Hill, Tenn., Jesse Maislin of Montreal, Quebec, and David Gazzolo of Riverside, Calif., all finished in fifth at 5-over-par 221.
In the Girls Division, Breed recorded two birdies and three bogeys in her round en route to her first AJGA win. Breed and the other girls in contention started their round when the morning rain was at its hardest. After bogeys on three of the last four holes on the front nine, Breed steadied for eight pars and a birdie on the back nine. Her 1-over-par 73 in the final round left her at a 3-over-par 219 tournament total.
It's a relief, Breed said. I've been in the mix in almost every single AJGA event I've played. I was pretty shaky at No. 1, but I knew with the weather that scores weren't going to be very low.
Courtney Ellenbogen of Blacksburg, Va., finished in second after a third consecutive 75 for a 9-over-par 225 tournament total. Briana Mao of Folsom, Calif., was third with a 12-over-par 228 tournament total.
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