Harris, Komoto break away to win Webb Simpson Junior Championship
Juniors break ties in final round at Tanglewood Park - Championship Course
CLEMMONS, N.C. — Dylan Harris of Southern Pines, N.C., scored a 1-under-par 69 in the final round to win the Webb Simpson Junior Championship with a 4-under-par 206 tournament total. Kacie Komoto of Honolulu finished with a 9-over-par 219 to win in the Girls Division.
The Webb Simpson Junior Championship was a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Tanglewood Park's Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C. The event featured 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 20 states and six countries. The Boys Division played the par-70 course at 6,778 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,983 yards.
Harris was a leader during all three rounds in his final AJGA event before he attends UNC Wilmington in the fall. He was 2-under-par through the front nine, but nerves almost got the better of him coming down the back nine.
“That was the most nervous I've felt in quite a while,” Harris said. “It started on No. 17 when I still had a two-stroke lead. On No. 18 I thought I hit a great shot from 140 yards with my pitching wedge, but it went over the green. Maybe that was a little adrenaline, but I'm glad to win.”
In second place finishing one stroke behind Harris was Tanner Owen of High Point, N.C., with a 3-under-par 207. In a three-way tie for third were Will Seger of Jasper, Ind., Jason Chen of Brea, Calif., and Ethan Wagner of Port Orange, Fla., who each finished at 1-under-par 209.
Komoto was one of four girls tied for the lead after the second round. She shot a 1-over-par 71 in the final round to win her first championship in her second AJGA event.
“I started off with just trying to make pars,” Komoto said. “It's a tough course and I knew the scores weren't going to be that low. I was a little bit nervous because I wasn't too sure what the group in front of me was shooting. Everyone always tells me that if you're nervous then that means you care. It's a good thing that I cared about the turnout.”
In second place was Jordan Ferreira of University Place, Wash., with an 11-over-par 221. Tied in third place were Andrea Unson of Murrieta, Calif., and Shannon Aubert of Reunion, Fla., at 12-over-par 222.
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