Lloyd Stays Steady to Claim Crown at the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational
Sims goes wire-to-wire to earn first win at Mission Inn Resort & Club
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Alex Lloyd of Virginia Beach, Va., carded three birdies en route to a two-stroke victory at the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational. Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, increased her lead over the Girls Division by three strokes, claiming her first victory in demanding fashion by a margin of seven shots.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Mission Inn Resort & Club. The field featured 54 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-15, from 22 states, Canada, Colombia and Mexico. The par-72 El Campeon course was played at 6,718 yards for the Boys Division and 5,837 yards for the Girls Division.
Lloyd went into the final round coming off a solid 67 in round two. He started the day with a birdie on No. 1 but faced trouble on No. 6.
“After I made double bogey on No. 6, I said to myself ‘I'm going to make birdies, so don't get worked up.' I knew where I was in the tournament,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd went on to play steady through the back nine, taking a three-stroke lead going into No. 18. He finished the tournament at 3-under-par 213, claiming his first AJGA win in the process.
Jack Maguire of St. Petersburg, Fla., came in second with a 1-under-par 215, finishing the day with a birdie putt on No. 18. J.D. Tomlinson of Gainesville, Fla., carded the low final-round with a 3-under-par 69, securing a third place finish at even-par 216. Ki Taek Lee of La Quinta, Calif., and Connor Black of Katy, Texas, both finished tied for fourth at 1-over-par 217.
In the Girls Division, Sims' two-day lead provided confidence to propel her through the final 18 holes. She carded a birdie on the par-3, No. 2 early in her round, helping her to record a 3-over-par 219 for the tournament.
“I was really calm all day; I never got nervous,” Sims said. “The birdie on the second hole was important because it took a bit of pressure off myself.”
Marijosse Navarro of San Antonio, and Silvia Garces of Cali, Colombia, both finished tied for second with totals of 10-over-par 226.
For more information about the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
About Montverde Academy
Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is a leading college preparatory, coeducational independent school serving grades PK3 through 12. The boarding program serves grades 7 through 12 and Post Graduate. Heading into its Centennial Celebration, Montverde Academy has a lot to celebrate, not the least of which is a global reputation for having one of the most compelling combinations of college prep-school education, enrichment and athletics.
Situated on a pristine 125-acre campus 20 miles from Orlando, Montverde Academy keeps getting better with age and features 100 percent college acceptance results. For instance, the Academy's world-class academic standards and state-of-the-art programming, highlighted by extensive Advanced Placement and Honors Courses, offers the new college-level Chen Family International Language Laboratory. Meanwhile, Montverde Academy's acclaimed athletics, led by a nationally ranked basketball program, now partners with the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.
Elsewhere, Montverde Academy's first-class facilities, featuring a World Championship Equestrian Center that specializes in Walking Horse/Hunter Jumper training, will be adding a new gem with the multi-million dollar, multi-sport athletic complex now under construction. For further information, please visit Montverde Academy's website at montverde.org.
About the AJGA
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 50 states and more than 30 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 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.