AJGA HOUSTON JUNIOR
Sweetwater Country Club
Sugar Land, Texas • August 9 - 12

Media Score SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Final results from the AJGA Houston Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sweetwater Country Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7052. Rating: 73.5. Slope: 135
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6233. Rating: 76.7. Slope: 135

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Juan Benitez
2011
Puebla, Mexico 68-72-66--206
2 Roman Robledo
2011
Harlingen, Texas 75-68-70--213
3 Jeffrey Merrell
2011
Aledo, Texas 72-69-74--215
4 Andrew Rostek
2011
Sugar Land, Texas 74-67-75--216
5 Jeff Wibawa
2010
Encino, Calif. 70-74-73--217
T6 Will  Griffin
2011
Lufkin, Texas 74-70-74--218
6 Will Oliver
2011
Houston, Texas 72-73-73--218
6 Peter Thorseth
2014
Richmond, Texas 71-74-73--218
6 Andres  Rodas
2011
Guatemala, Guatemala 76-71-71--218
T10 Matthew Rushton
2013
(South Africa) Bluffton, S.C. 73-69-77--219
10 Edward Figueroa
2012
Naples, Fla. 71-73-75--219
10 Akash Mirchandani
2011
Prospect, Ky. 76-72-71--219
13 Sam DeStefano
2011
Bryan, Texas 74-71-75--220
T14 Connor Walters
2012
Salem, Va. 72-74-75--221
14 Scott Sweeney
2011
Lake Charles, La. 76-72-73--221
14 Chuck Spears
2012
Pineville, La. 74-73-74--221
T17 James Lee
2012
Albuquerque, N.M. 74-76-72--222
17 Adam Colwell
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 71-74-77--222
17 Jamison Youree
2011
Fort Worth, Texas 75-71-76--222
T20 Kevin Foley
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 77-71-75--223
20 Scott Newell
2011
Katy, Texas 80-71-72--223
20 Kalen Vos
2011
Weslaco, Texas 74-74-75--223
20 Chester Wang
2014
The Woodlands, Texas 72-76-75--223
T24 Blake Pugh
2011
Southlake, Texas 73-72-79--224
24 Tad Darland
2011
Henderson, Nev. 75-72-77--224
24 Bradley Fleming
2012
Houston, Texas 72-75-77--224
24 Andrew Winters
2012
Houston, Texas 75-76-73--224
T28 John Rafael
2013
Corpus Christi, Texas 73-80-72--225
28 Luke Sheehan
2012
Cypress, Texas 77-72-76--225
30 Bradley Phelps
2011
Colleyville, Texas 72-78-76--226
T31 Michael Hanigan
2011
Houston, Texas 79-75-73--227
31 Kyle Pilgrim
2011
colleyville, Texas 75-73-79--227
31 Zachary Zahn
2011
Houston, Texas 73-76-78--227
31 Scott Terrell
2011
Houston, Texas 72-81-74--227
T35 Corey Hayford
2011
Friendswood, Texas 78-73-77--228
35 Patrick Sanchez
2012
Mazatlan, Mexico 75-76-77--228
T37 Garrison Lackey
2011
Weslaco, Texas 79-74-76--229
37 Papito Gonzalez
2013
McAllen, Texas 74-78-77--229
37 Austin DeGrate
2014
Missouri City, Texas 77-73-79--229
37 Dylan Siebenaler
2013
Sugar Land, Texas 75-78-76--229
T41 Matthew Barth
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 79-71-80--230
41 Corey Bounds
2011
Plano, Texas 77-76-77--230
41 Zachary Cabra
2011
McKinney, Texas 77-74-79--230
T44 Eric Redeker
2011
Katy, Texas 77-77-77--231
44 Carlos Pena
2012
Mission, Texas 76-80-75--231
44 Edwin Hyslop
2012
Del Rio, Texas 73-78-80--231
44 Sam Fidone
2011
Lufkin, Texas 78-75-78--231
T48 Alejandro Romero
2012
Bogota, Colombia 80-73-79--232
48 Chapman Herwood
2011
Tyler, Texas 81-75-76--232
50 Guilermo Gomez
2011
San Luis Potosi, Mexico 75-80-78--233
T51 Trey Cassity
2010
Katy, Texas 75-78-81--234
51 Trey Kidd
2013
Honolulu, Hawaii 78-75-81--234
51 Matthew Isler
2011
Southlake, Texas 78-80-76--234
51 Preston Stanley
2011
Katy, Texas 80-78-76--234
55 Doug Shipman
2011
Spring, Texas 79-83-73--235
56 Cody Gonzalez
2011
League City, Texas 78-79-79--236
T57 Frederick Wedel
2012
Houston, Texas 78-80-81--239
57 Jonathan Beatty
2012
Montgomery, Texas 82-82-75--239
57 Jonathan Singleton
2011
Cypress, Texas 78-76-85--239
T60 Logan Boatner
2011
Humble, Texas 82-83-75--240
60 Cameron Bridges
2012
Prosper, Texas 80-80-80--240
T62 Nathaniel Khachaturian
2011
Champaign, Ill. 80-74-87--241
62 Richard Le
2012
Bellaire, Texas 82-78-81--241
64 Andrew Wright
2013
Mansfield, Texas 79-78-86--243
65 David Miles
2011
The Woodlands, Texas 83-76-86--245
66 Andrew Ertel
2012
The Woodlands, Texas 81-83-82--246
T67 Leonardo Kitahara
2013
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 85-78-84--247
67 Brandon Pederson
2011
Austin, Texas 82-80-85--247
67 Andrew Scamardo
2014
College Station, Texas 80-79-88--247
70 David Hills
2010
Bowral, Australia 82-83-83--248
71 Alexander Wagner
2011
Hastings, Minn. 79-84-88--251
72 Paul Campbell
2011
Austin, Texas 83-83-87--253
73 Corey Steinmann
2010
Sugar Land, Texas 79-91-84--254
74 Wesley Goodlett
2011
Austin, Texas 86-89-82--257
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Harold Buchanan
2012
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
85-84-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Courtney Ferguson
2011
Houston, Texas 74-75-73--222
2 Tezira Abe
2012
Angleton, Texas 76-75-72--223
3 Bethany Wu
2015
Diamond Bar, Calif. 74-73-78--225
T4 Samantha Marks
2012
Maitland, Fla. 76-75-77--228
4 Kayli Quinton
2012
Cypress, Texas 79-73-76--228
6 Abby Newton
2012
Katy, Texas 78-76-78--232
7 Ryanne Haddow
2010
Sugar Land, Texas 78-75-81--234
T8 Shannon Pak
2011
Kenner, La. 80-80-75--235
8 Christina Stringham
2011
Pasadena, Texas 79-80-76--235
T10 Katelyn McDougal
2010
Richmond, Texas 79-77-80--236
10 Raychelle Santos
2012
La Quinta, Calif. 82-78-76--236
12 Tianyi Wang
2013
Beijing, China 80-79-79--238
13 Caitlyn Cassity
2011
Katy, Texas 78-79-83--240
T14 Lakareber Abe
2014
Angleton, Texas 76-85-83--244
14 Amanda Kahn
2013
Carlsbad, Calif. 82-80-82--244
16 Taylor Moreno
2011
Austin, Texas 79-84-82--245
17 Katie Paxton
2010
Spring, Texas 88-77-83--248
18 Blaise Carabello
2012
Bellaire, Texas 77-88-86--251
19 Shikhi Cheruku
2010
Navasota, Texas 84-84-84--252
T20 Sandra Lee
2012
San Antonio, Texas 89-87-82--258
20 Ainslie Ellis
2011
San Antonio, Texas 80-91-87--258
T22 Katy Kile
2011
Montgomery, Texas 90-77-92--259
22 Taylor Coleman
2015
San Antonio, Texas 87-85-87--259
 

Hole-in-One Caps Benitez's Wire-to-Wire Victory at Sweetwater Country Club's Pecan Course
Ferguson comes back to claim second-straight AJGA Championship at AJGA Houston Junior

SUGAR LAND, Texas — While temperatures cooled off, Juan Benitez of Puebla, Mexico, was only heating up. Benitez finished off the AJGA Houston Junior with a 6-under-par 66 in the final round, bringing his tournament total to 10-under-par 206. In the Girls Division, Courtney Ferguson of Houston claimed her second AJGA Championship of the summer, coming back from one-stroke down to finish the tournament at 6-over-par 222.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Houston Junior was a 54-hole stroke play event, held at Sweetwater Country Club's Pecan Course in Sugar Land, Texas. The 98-player field featured 75 boys and 23 girls from 11 states, as well as Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Guatemala, Colombia, China and Australia. The boys played the course at 7,052 yards, and the girls played the course at 6,233 yards.

Leading by just one stroke coming into the final round, Benitez felt the pressure to maintain the lead, but somehow regained his composure to finish the round with no bogeys.

“Headed into the back nine I was really feeling the pressure,” Benitez said. “I was only one shot ahead of my competitors, but I controlled my nerves and just kept making shots.”

A hole-in-one on No. 16 highlighted a great day of play. The 193-yard hole marked Benitez's second ever hole-in-one, but it was this shot that helped Benitez secure the win by 7 strokes.

“This hole-in-one felt better because it was longer than my last one,” Benitez said. “It was a really nice way to cap off one of my last tournaments of the summer.”

Roman Robledo of Harlingen, Texas, finished second with a tournament total 3-under-par 213, followed by Jeffrey Merrell of Aledo, Texas, who shot a 1-under-par 215. Hometown native Andrew Rostek finished in fourth with an even-par 216. Rounding out the leaderboard in fifth place was Jeff Wibawa of Encino, Calif., with a 1-over-par 217.

With one tournament win already under her belt, Ferguson, who has verbally committed to Oklahoma State University, felt like she still had more to prove. She started the round out with two consecutive birdies, and then finished the final hole with a bogey, but it was still enough to help her snatch the lead by one-stroke.

“It is a lot different when you have to fight hard and come back to win. It felt good to hold my own, though, and show that my first win wasn't a fluke,” Ferguson said. “Winning two AJGA tournaments in a row is incredible.”

After shooting a low final round score of even-par 72, Tezira Abe of Angleton, Texas, shot up to second place with a tournament total of 7-over-par 223. Rounding out the Girls Division leaderboard in third place was Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., with a tournament total 9-over-par 225.

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