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Forest Oaks Country Club
Greensboro, N.C. • June 11 - 15

Sanders finishes one stroke back for second place at Forest Oaks Country Club

GREENSBORO, N.C. Three-time Rolex Junior All-American Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., charged ahead in the final round of the FootJoy Boys Invitational to finish at 9-under-par 279 for the win. David Sanders of Mt. Laurel, N.J., was tied with Uihlein for several holes up to No. 18, where Sanders carded bogey to finish second at 8-under-par 280. A total of six players each held the lead at some point during the final round.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the sixth-annual FootJoy Boys Invitational was a 72-hole stroke play event held at Forest Oaks Country Club. The 99-player field featured players from 24 states and seven countries. The course played at 7,280 yards. Past champions of this event include Seung-Su Han, Brian Harman, Daniel Woltman and Andrew Yun.

Uihlein, the 2005 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, finished second at this event in 2006. He began the day in second place, despite taking a 10 on No. 9 during his first round. By the time Uihlein made the turn, his putting had put him at an even-par 36.

“I didn’t make any mistakes in the last three rounds, and I got up and down a lot,” Uihlein said. “My putting was real clutch when I needed it.”

On the back nine, the 17-year-old birdied Nos. 13 and 15 to move up to first place. He then saved par on No. 18 after a tee shot into the rough, directly behind a lengthy plot of fescue grass.

“It feels good to finally win [an Invitational] once, but I had to make a 10 to do it,” Uihlein continued. “So if that’s what it takes, I might as well make a 10 every time. I’ve come close so many times. I figured that if I just stuck at it, then breaks would just start going my way.”

Sanders finished one shot off the lead after hitting his approach shot on No. 18 into the greenside bunker. When his bunker shot landed on the collar of the green, Sanders missed a chip in for par and bogeyed the hole to ultimately finish second.

Shunsuke Sonoda of Tokyo, Japan, Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., and Cory Whitsett of Houston tied for third at 7-under-par 281.

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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

For more information about the FootJoy Boys Invitational, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.