LIM LANDS TITLE AT RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB
Diaz-Yi takes home win in the Girls Division
OXNARD, Calif. — Thomas Lim of Moorpark, Calif., finished first at the Junior All-Star presented by CBIZ MHM on Thursday after posting 3-over-par 75 to finish with a three-day total of 4-under-par 212. Lauren Diaz-Yi of Thousand Oaks, Calif., held onto her second-round lead to win the at River Ridge Golf Club. She shot 2-over-par 74 to bring her to a three-day total of 5-over-par 221.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star Presented by CBIZ MHM was a 54-hole stroke play event held at River Ridge Golf Club on the Victoria Lakes Course. The tournament field featured 75 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-15, from 11 states, Argentina, Mexico, Canada and Thailand. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,831 yards, while the Girls Division played at 5,909 yards.
The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 11 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15 and presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into Open tournaments. The series concludes with the Montverde Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Lim started the round off slow with a bogey on No. 1 and a double bogey on No. 2, which put him in a tie with Andrew Levitt of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Lim kept his cool and rebounded on No. 3 with a birdie, where he regained the lead.
“I was more nervous today going into the round,” Lim said. “The wait on No. 3 got me time to step back and calm down a bit and that’s when I started to play my game.”
Coming in second after posting a 2-under-par 70, the low final-round for the Boys Division, was Jonathan Sanders of Chatsworth, Calif., who finished with a 2-under-par 214. Levitt finished third after posting a three-day total of 1-over-par 217. Troix Tonkham of Arleta, Calif., Xander Schauffele of San Diego and Brandon Roberts of Clayton, Calif., tied for fourth after each finished with three-day totals of 6-over-par 222.
In the Girls Division, Diaz-Yi played a nearly flawless front nine recording two birdies against one bogey to finish at 1-under-par 35. She struggled a bit on the back nine, but managed to keep her head in the game, finishing three strokes ahead of Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif.
“I wanted to play safe on No. 18 because I knew that Bethany was right there with me.” Diaz-Yi said. “I tried not to think about the score and just have a positive attitude.”
Wu came in second after posting a three-day total of 8-over-par 224. Rounding out the top-3 was Katherine Guo of Arcadia, Calif., who finished with a three-day total of 15-over-par 231.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 Junior All-Star presented by CBIZ MHM, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.