Do Defends at Randy Wise Junior Open
Campbell capitalizes at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Henry Do of Ypsilanti, Mich., jumped ahead in the final round and snatched a playoff victory to defend his title as the Boys Division champion of the Randy Wise Junior Open with a total of 1-over-par 217. Do carded a birdie in the playoff to beat out Michael Nagy of Manistique, Mich. The Boys Division has been decided by a sudden-death playoff in six of the last seven years. In the Girls Division, Talia Campbell won her second Randy Wise Junior Open with an even-par 216.
The Randy Wise Junior Open was a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. The tournament field boasted 71 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 13 states, Indonesia, Venezuela, South Korea, China and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,122 yards and the Girls Division played at 6,024 yards.
Do played consistently and carded four birdies on the day, including one to win the playoff against Nagy.
“I just tried to play it safe,” Do said. “My goal was to shoot even-par, hit every green and fairway, and just let things fall as they may. I made a couple of putts here and there, and it paid off. On No. 12, I made a 10-footer for birdie. I had an opening there, and I was able to get a lead and I never looked back.”
With the victory, Do became the second repeat winner of the Boys Division in the event's 27-year history. Phil Mickelson won the event in 1987 and 1988.
“It feels great to repeat here, I never dreamed it would be possible,” Do said. “Playing at a course that the pros play at, playing against a strong field, it just feels great to win.”
Finishing the tournament in the runner-up position, Nagy tallied a 1-over-par 217. In third place was Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon, Mich., at 3-over-par 219. In fourth, Max Kollin of Farmington Hills, Mich., finished with a tournament total of 4-over-par 220. Rounding out the top five were Joo-Young Lee of Hilliard, Ohio, and Bailey Truesdell of Grand Blanc, Mich., tied with a score of 5-over-par 221.
In the Girls Division, Campbell used four birdies in the final round to earn her second Randy Wise Junior Open victory. She previously won the event in 2009 at Flint Elks Lodge 222.
“My round was pretty consistent,” Campbell said. “My putting was working well for me today. I made some good mid-range birdie putts, and that definitely helped keep the momentum going my way.”
Campbell has had a strong year, producing four top 10 finishes so far, including second place at the Rochester Open Championship. Having earned her first AJGA win at the Randy Wise Junior Open, it has a special meaning to her.
“I'm thrilled that I could win here again,” Campbell said. “It is such a special tournament to me, and an honor to win at Warwick Hills, since it has such a rich history of success. I got my first AJGA win here and I'm happy to have another one.”
With the win, Campbell became the fourth player in the Girls Division to win multiple times at this event. The most recent was Paula Creamer, who won in 2001 and 2002.
Finishing in second for the Girls Division was Elisabeth Bernabe of Anaheim Hills, Calif., at 5-over-par 221 for the tournament. Rounding out the top three was Muni Lily He of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., carding a 13-over-par 229.
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