AJGA ARKANSAS JUNIOR AT BLESSINGS
Fayetteville, Ark. • July 28 - 31
YANG GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE TO CLAIM GIRLS DIVISION TITLE BY 16 STROKES
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Julie Yang of Phoenix, finished 16 strokes ahead of the nearest competitor in the Girls Division at 2-under-par 214. Jesse Droemer of Sealy, Texas, posted three birdies on the back nine to help him win the AJGA Arkansas Junior at Blessings by 12 strokes.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Arkansas Junior at Blessings was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Blessings Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 95 players, 72 boys and 23 girls, from 15 states. The Boys Division was played the par-72 course at 6,832 yards and the Girls Division was played at 5,812 yards.
Winning is nothing new for 13-year-old Yang who recently won two other AJGA open events earlier this year. Carding a 72-72-70—214, Yang was the only player in the Girls Division to finish under-par.
“I went out there and hoped to shoot even-par,” Yang said. “This is better than I expected.”
Yang has worked hard on her putting, and with no three-putts during the tournament, she credits her work on the greens to her success.
“Normally, I wouldn't say I'm a good putter,” she said. “I practiced my putting, and tried to figure out why I wasn't doing as well as I should. Finally, I realized it was because I kept telling myself I wasn't good. I came in confident that I was a good putter, and I think it shows."
Emma Lavy of Fayetteville, Ark., finished second at 14-over-par 230. Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division at 16-over-par 232 was Sarah Beth Davis of Victoria, Texas.
Droemer used birdies on Nos. 11, 16, and 17, to help him win the Boys Division by 12 strokes. He credits his victory to his short game.
“My irons helped me today, I wasn't missing greens,” Droemer said. “On No. 14, I had a bad drive, which put me in a tough chip-shot position, but I was able to almost hole-out. That helped with my confidence.”
Going into the final round as the leader, Droemer was able to keep his lead and win his first AJGA tournament title.
“It feels great to have won today,” Droemer said. “I am speechless, not only to have won, but to be the only boy under par. It is a great feeling.”
C.J. Kim of Chandler, Ariz., finished second carding a 9-over-par 225. In third at 10-over-par 226 was Colton Staggs of Tulsa, Okla. A three-way tie for fourth at 11-over-par 227 was Matthew Lamb of South Bend, Ind., Sean Romero of Texarkana, Ark., and Seth Sullivant of Mountain Home, Ark.
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