Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, N.C. • August 10 - 13

Park prevails in the end to win at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Battling against rain the entire morning, Zach Edmondson of Morrisville, N.C., fell in and out of the lead but birdied the first playoff hole to win at 10-under-par 203. Ri Hyang Park of Bluffton, S.C., handled the weather with ease and won the Girls Division by two strokes at 3-over-par 216.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf Pride Junior Classic was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The field featured 75 boys and 23 girls, ages 12-18, from 19 states and China. The par-71 course was played at 6,918 yards in the Boys Division and 6,090 yards in the Girls Division.

The final boys pairing included Edmonson, Grayson Murray of Raleigh, N.C., and Michael McGowan of Southern Pines, N.C. Heading into their final hole, Murray held the lead by one over McGowan and two over Edmondson. A bogey by Murray, a par by McGowan and a birdie by Edmondson forced the three into a playoff. Edmondson hit his approach shot to within 15 feet and then converted his putt for a birdie and a win.

“On the playoff hole I had the same exact yardage as I did earlier today and knew the right club,” Edmondson said. “I didn't make too many birdies but made them when I needed to. The playoff was nerve-wracking but I enjoyed playing with those guys.”

McGowan and Murray finished tied for second in the Boys Division at 10-under-par 203. One stroke behind at 9-under-par 209 was Joey Garber of Petoskey, Mich., and Larry Han of Raleigh, N.C., who finished in a tie for fourth.

Park started her day tied for first and showed great short game skills to come out on top with a final-round 2-over-par 73.

“I didn't hit great approach shots but my putting was good and I made a lot of up and downs,” Park said. ‘It was hard to keep my grips and myself dry but it felt good making all of those birdies this week.”

Closing out the Girls Division in a tie for second was first-round leader Allison Emrey of Charlotte, N.C., and Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., at 5-over-par 218.

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