AJGA JUNIOR AT CENTENNIAL
Centennial Golf Club
Medford, Ore. •
August 16 - 19
MEDFORD, Ore. --
results from the AJGA Junior at Centennial conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Centennial Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7164. Rating: 74.8. Slope: 133 Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6086. Rating: 74.5. Slope: 132
Cunningham Sets Competitive Course Record in Victory at AJGA Junior at Centennial
Ha wins first AJGA tournament at Centennial Golf Club
MEDFORD, Ore. — George Cunningham of Litchfield Park, Ariz., shot an 8-under-par 64, the lowest round ever recorded during competitive play at Centennial Golf Club, to win the AJGA Junior at Centennial. He earned a five-stroke victory with a tournament total of 17-under-par 199. In the Girls Division, Jennifer Ha of Calgary, Alberta, claimed a four-stroke victory in her AJGA debut.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at Centennial was a 54-hole stroke-play competition held at Centennial Golf Club in Medford, Oregon. The 130-player field featured 82 boys and 48 girls, representing 11 states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course from 7,164 yards while the Girls Division played from 6,086 yards.
Cunningham, who led by three shots before the second round, made an astounding eight birdies in the final round. He made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of his round, separating himself from the field. He credits his ability to focus and not get complacent to his success all week.
“I went into my round pretending that I was tied,” Cunningham said. “I tried to play the same way I had all week, and was excited when all of the birdies started to fall.”
Next, Cunningham will compete in the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
“I'm excited to see how I can compete next week,” Cunningham said. “Making it to match play is the main goal for me.”
Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., shot his second 66 of the tournament to claim second place at 12-under-par 204. Tye Gabriel of Portland, Ore., finished third at 9-under-par 207. John Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., and David Kim of Manhattan Beach, Calif., tied for fourth at 6-under-par 210.
Ha entered the final round with a three-stroke lead. Though she was admittedly nervous on the tee, Ha started strong, as she was 1-under-par through five holes. A double-bogey on No. 10 narrowed her lead to two strokes, but she rebounded down the stretch, finishing the last eight holes at 2-under-par.
“Until my last putt went in, I wasn't ever completely relieved,” Ha said. “I was really nervous and really excited all day. I was just trying to not get carried away with scores, focus on the next shot and stay positive.”
Jennifer Yang of Coquitlam, B.C., shot the low round of the day, a 4-under-par 68, to finish second at 3-under-par 213. Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., and Ciera Min of Hilo, Hawaii, tied for third at 2-under-par 214.
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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.