CHALKLEY CHALKS UP FIRST AJGA VICTORY AT AJGA JUNIOR AT KINGSMILL RESORT & SPA
Suzie Lee wins playoff in Girls Division at Kingsmill Resort & Spa - River Course
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Bryce Chalkley, 16, of Richmond, Va., carded a round of even-par 71 Thursday to take the victory in the Boys Division at the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa. After four playoff holes, Suzie Lee, 17, of East Northport, N.Y., took home the title in the Girls Division, finishing her final round at 1-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Kingsmill Resort & Spa — River Course in Williamsburg, Va. The field featured 96 boys and 35 girls, ages 12-18, from 25 states, Canada and China. The par-71 course was played at 6,826 yards for the Boys Division and 5,797 yards for the Girls Division.
Chalkley utilized his irons to the best of his ability, particularly on the front nine. Chalkley started his round by carding a front-nine 3-under-par 33, which included birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 7. Trying to finish strong, Chalkley felt he played his best hole on the par-5 507-yard No.15. After hitting a driver and 3-wood, Chalkley made his only birdie on the back nine. The birdie came at the perfect time for Chalkley, who had made bogey on the previous two holes and used the birdie to relax going into the last three holes and finish the tournament at 7-under-par 206.
“I was just trying to rush to get to 18 as soon a possible,” Chalkley said. “I should have slowed down and I would have played better. Overall I am pleased with my day and excited for my first AJGA win.”
Peter Eiler of Holland, Pa., carded a boys low final round to finish in second at 4-under-par 209. In third was Brandon Dalinka of Newtown, Pa., who finished at 2-under-par 211. Ji Soo Park of Centreville, Va., took fourth, finishing at 1-under-par 212. Rounding out the Boys Division in fifth was Tanner Kesterson of Plano, Texas, at 1-over-par 214.
Lee and Kaitlyn Rohrback of Crofton, Md., finished their 54 holes tied at even-par 213, to advance to a sudden-death playoff. It took Lee four playoff holes to defeat Rohrback and to win her second tournament of the year. Lee felt going up against her good friend made her more relaxed going into the playoff. Lee wanted to have the same mentality going into the playoff that she did to start the day. After both Lee and Rohrback made par on Nos. 10, 11 and 12, Lee was able to birdie No. 13 to take the victory.
“Going into the playoff I wanted to have the same mindset that I did going into today,” Lee said. “It was fun to go head-to-head against Kaitlyn. We have played against each other since last year and that is what helped me stay clam.”
Lee started her round on fire making birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 7 to make the turn at 2-under-par 34. On the back nine, Lee felt her play was not up to standard, making two bogies and only one birdie to finish at 1-over-par 36. Lee is happy to win and knows that she has to keep working hard and set up her game going into next season.
“I didn't feel like I had any ‘wow' moments out there today,” Lee said. “I wanted to shoot even today and just play it safe. I wanted to get out even and not have any three putts.
Finishing in a tie for third in the Girls Divison were Harin Lee of Bayside, N.Y., and Lauren Coughlin of Chesapeake, Va., carding tournament totals of 6-over-par 219.
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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.
For more information about the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa please AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.