July 12, 2010

My Scotty Cameron Moment

Two boys and three girls recorded the low final-round score at the Charles Howell III Junior Championship. The winners stop at the scoreboard to pose with their Scotty Cameron putter cover.
Each week, the AJGA honors one boy and one girl at every AJGA tournament who shoot the low final-round score. Below we hear from players at recent events as they recount the defining moment of their round.

Charles Howell III Junior Championship

“My driver gave me good position and my irons were able to get me close to the hole,” said Alex Ehlert of Raleigh, N.C., after a 2-under-par 70.  “It means a lot to win the lowest final round, especially in a tournament with a field like this one.”

“My putter was really working for me on the back nine,” said Jonathan DiIanni of Kernersville, N.C.  “I was able to be in the fairways. It’s great to win a Scotty Cameron putter cover because I always wanted one.”

“I was so excited, I started crying when I finished,” said Girls Division champion, Taylor Ramsey of Bradenton, Fla. “I really needed this win, it has been a long time coming. I have a lot more confidence.”

“I started really well today and got ahead early,” said Ashlan Ramsey, after a 1-over-par 73 and runner-up finish. “I didn’t hit my irons very well today and Taylor capitalized on that with making birdies. I had a good couple of holes early. I hit birdie on No. 2 and then hit within an inch to make birdie on No. 3.”

“I played really consistently the whole week,” said Alexandra Milan of Lutz, Fla. “It means a lot to me to win the Scotty Cameron putter cover because this was a tough field.”

Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands

"The highlight of my round was when I birdied No. 18. I hit a drive down the fairway, 190 yards from the pin,” said Sean Friel of Rochester Hills, Mich., after firing a 5-under-par 67 to finish in second place.  “I hit my 6-iron to about seven feet from the hole and made the putt for birdie. It feels great, this is my lowest round ever."

"The highlight of my round was winning the playoff,” said Christina Foster of Concord, Ontario, whose final-round 1-under-par 71 helped her capture the Girls Division title. “I hit a great second shot about five feet from the hole and made birdie to win."

Lessing's AJGA Classic

“I hit my approach shots really close and had four birdies in a row,” said Brian Tohir of New Canaan, Conn., after a second-place finish.  “Sixty-eight is my second-lowest tournament round, so I’m happy, especially with the scores being so high this week.”

“I wanted to go low but I didn’t expect to do as well as I did,” said Jonathan Ortiz  of Winter Garden, Fla., after a low round 3-under-par 68. “I hit a great shot on 18 to get me back to 3-under. I shot 3-under on the front nine and kind of lost it through the back nine but made a birdie on No. 18 with a nice little flop shot in there to three feet.”

“It’s great to get the low round,” said Ryan Triller of Street, Md.  “I’ve seen a lot of people who have [Scotty Cameron award putter covers] and it would be cool to have one just to say you did that.”

"I'm really excited because I remember last summer when I started playing AJGA and my first event,” said Courtney Hooton of Del Mar, Calif., who carded a 2-under-par 69 to claim a four-shot victory. “When I came in fourth, I remember seeing the winner's picture on the internet and said, 'I just want my picture there.' So I'm really excited about it. It means a lot to win."

AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks

“I made a 15-footer for par on No. 13,” said Spencer Sheets of Centennial, Colo., after firing a final-round 6-under-par 65. “That was really it for me.”

“I made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 and that really got me rolling,” said Alexandra Sborov of Pleasanton, Calif., of her even-par 71.

Sean O'Hair Junior All-Star Championship

"I had an eagle on No. 2 after a poorly hit 3-wood, but it ended up about four feet from the hole,” said Brandon Pierce of Covington, La., whose 8-under-par 64 gave him his first AJGA win.  “After I missed the same distance putt on No. 1 for birdie, I regained my confidence after that putt. Obviously the double-eagle on No. 9 didn't hurt either."

“I birdied No. 17 after I hit a bad tee shot and then hit an iron into the green and got it close and made birdie,” said Hee Wook Choi of San Diego, Calif., capturing her first win with a 1-over-par 73.  “My putting was good today and the playoff was fun also."

"I had a birdie on No. 17 that really helped me throughout the round,” said Anna Sophia Bohmer of Cali, Colombia. “I only had one birdie, but I played consistent all day."

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