O’Connell grabs victory in sudden-death playoff
The AJGA Richmond Junior was a 54-stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The tournament featured 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 18 states,
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In the Boys Division, O’Connell’s 2-over-par round included two birdies and four bogeys and was good enough to force the playoff.
“I didn’t drive the ball as well today as I have this week,” O’Connell said. “I really just had to hang in there all day today because Timothy (Courtney) was playing well.”
Both O’Connell and Courtney recorded a par on No. 18 to force the playoff. During the playoff, O’Connell’s drive went into the left-side bunker while Courtney’s was in the middle of the fairway. Courtney left his approach shot short of the green, which left room for O’Connell to strike his bunker shot to within eight feet of the flagstick. After Courtney’s chip put him five feet from the cup, O’Connell missed his eight-footer for birdie. Courtney then missed his five foot putt for par while O’Connell drained his short putt to seal the victory.
“It feels great to win—I never expected it,” O’Connell remarked. “I haven’t had the best summer, but I just kept on working on my game and it paid off. I now get to go to Polo (Polo Golf Junior Championship) in November and I can’t wait for that.”
In third place behind O’Connell and Courtney was Belden, who carded a final-round 74, brining his tournament total to 212. Rounding out the top-5 was Kyle Davis of
Also on Thursday, Alexander Retsch-Bogart of
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