Pompey Wins First AJGA Title at Rochester Open Championship
Hooton achieves victory at Ravenwood Golf Club
VICTOR, N.Y. — David Pompey of Clarks Summit, Pa., maintained control of the Boys Division to win his first AJGA event, carding a tournament total of 2-under-par 214. In the Girls Division, Courtney Hooton of Del Mar, Calif., retained her second-round lead and earned the victory, tallying a tournament total 1-under-par 215.
The Rochester Open Championship was a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y. The tournament field consisted of 95 players from 15 states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,976 yards and the Girls Division was played at 6,123 yards.
Pompey finished the tournament with a solid final round, starting his momentum with an eagle on No. 6.
“I played well today,” Pompey said. “I was bogey-free until No. 16, and had a great front nine. I finished sloppy, but I'm happy with a great 15 holes on the day. It feels very good to win.”
Austin Connelly of Las Colinas, Texas, carded a tournament total of even-par 216 to finish in second place. Tied for third with scores of 3-over-par 219 were Addison Coll of Arlington, Va., and Cody Cox of Milford, Pa. Rounding out the top five for the Boys Division were Matt Gerber of Kitchener, Ontario, Billy Gaffney of Williamsville, N.Y., and James Dornes of Lancaster, Pa.
In the Girls Division, Hooton bounced back from a tough front nine to card two birdies on the back.
“I wasn't hitting the ball that well today, and I was having to save a lot and recover everything,” Hooton said. “I was telling myself I could do it, especially after yesterday when I had six birdies. I turned it around on No. 11 when I made a birdie, and my putting got progressively better. It was really important for me to win this tournament, especially because it is my last AJGA event of the summer.”
Hooton won the 2010 Lessing's AJGA Classic, which was held in New York.
“I won my tournament in New York last year, so it was great to come back and do it again. It is a big deal to me and my family.”
Talia Campbell of Dallas, finished the tournament at 1-over-par 217 to earn second place. Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division was Andrea Wong of San Francisco, carding a 5-over-par 221.
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