MILLER, LENDL MAKE CLUTCH PUTTS TO WIN RINGGOLD TELEPHONE COMPANY JUNIOR CLASSIC
Lendl defeats Kim by millimeters
RINGGOLD, Ga. — William Miller of Venetia, Pa., and Marika Lendl of Bradenton, Fla., claimed their first AJGA wins Thursday at the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic. Miller's 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole delivered a one-shot victory, while Lendl held onto her lead in the Girls Division by sinking a clutch 5-footer for par on her final hole.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic was a 54-hole tournament held at WindStone Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 75 boys and 23 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states. Included in the field were seven Rolex Junior All-Americans, including the defending champion of the Girls Division, Candace Schepperle.
Miller, age 16, closed with a 2-under-par 68 for his third straight round under par and a tournament total of 201. With back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 Thursday, Miller went from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory.
“Pretty much everything was good today, and the course was great,” Miller said.
Second place went to the leader of the first two rounds, Wes Roach of Knoxville, Tenn., who closed with an even-par 70, giving him a tournament total of 202. Claiming third place was David Yujin Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., who shot 71 for a three-day total of 207. In fourth place was Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., at 208, while Spencer Cole of Greer, S.C., finished fifth at 209.
The Girls Division was a battle to the end, where Joy Kim of Duluth, Ga., left her 25-foot birdie putt hanging on the edge of the cup. Lendl followed with a 5-foot par putt to claim the one-shot victory.
After starting the final round two strokes back of Kim, the 16-year-old Rolex Junior All-American Lendl found her putting stroke.
“I made more putts today,” Lendl said. “Those putts made all the difference.”
Kim was runner-up in the Girls Division, turning in a 4-over-par 74 to give her a tournament total of 211. Tied for third were Jaclyn Sweeney of Bradenton, Fla., and Schepperle of Hoover, Ala., who turned in tournament totals of 215.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 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 support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
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