Junior Golf round-up

By Ajga StaffJuly 24, 2010, 12:46 am

Midwest Junior Players Championship

Kaira Martin of Paradise Valley, Ariz., carded a 2-over-par 218 total and successfully defended her Girls Division title at the Midwest Junior Players Championship Friday. Corey Konieczki of Rockford, Ill., fired a final-round 70 and overcame a one-shot deficit to win the Boys Division by two strokes at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein, Ill.

Ranked No. 49 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Martin now has four career AJGA victories. She closed the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 71, which helped her to a five-shot victory over Kathy Sterling of Mokena, Ill.

In the Boys Division, Konieczki was the only player to card three rounds of par or better. He captured his first AJGA victory with a 5-under-par total, which was two shots better than KK Limbhasut of Loma Linda, Calif.



Aaron’s / Bob Estes Abilene Junior

Austen Fuller of Edmond, Okla., had scores of all types in his final round, as he completed a steady climb up the leaderboard to secure his first AJGA victory. Alicia Malagon of Tampico, Mexico, continued her dominance to finish at 9-under-par 207, eight strokes clear of the rest of the Girls Division.

Fuller’s final round featured two bogeys, a birdie, an eagle and a double-eagle, which added up to a 4-under-par 68, vaulting him from a tie for ninth to first. Fuller was tied for 18th after a first-round 73, but two solid rounds earned him a title at 3-under-par 213.

Malagon earned her first AJGA victory after several years of success. She had two previous second-place finishes, but left no room for doubt in Abilene. An opening birdie in her final round set the tone, as she cruised to a 2-under-par 70.


Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst

Three rounds in the 60s were good enough for Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., who came away with a one-stroke victory at the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst. To earn his second AJGA title, Hossler had to overcome Chenxiao Duan’s second-round 61, which tied the AJGA 18-hole scoring record.

In the Girls Division, Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., came from behind to force a playoff with second-round leader Kristina Nhim of Buena Park, Calif. Lee prevailed, earning her first career AJGA victory. Lee’s victory came with the aid of eight birdies en route to a final-round 68. Her final birdie of the day, a chip-in on No. 17, put her in position for a playoff, which she won on the first extra hole.


Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out

Juliet Vongphoumy of Providence, R.I., proved to be a dominant force at the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out, winning the Girls Division by 15 strokes. Michael Johnson of Birmingham, Ala., led wire-to-wire to earn his first AJGA victory at The Golf Club of Cape Cod.

Vongphoumy also led wire-to-wire, recording 14 birdies en route to her second AJGA victory of 2010. She also won the 2010 Nemacolin Junior Classic.

Michael Johnson struggled early in his final round, watching his six-stroke lead dwindle to two after only two holes. Johnson steadied himself, however, and finished two strokes ahead of Andrew Gai of Westport, Conn.


Hilton Head Junior All-Star

A pair of first-time champions prevailed at the Hilton Head Junior All-Star. Rigel Fernandes of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, came from behind to earn a one-stroke victory over Zach Botts of Jonesborough, Tenn., at Berkeley Hall Club’s South Course. In the Girls Division, Reona Hirai of Summerville, S.C., led wire-to-wire to win in her first AJGA tournament.

Fernandes stood on the 17th tee tied for the lead with Botts. A chip-in from the greenside bunker gave him an eagle, just enough to pull one ahead of Botts, who birdied the par 5. Matching pars on No. 18 secured Fernandes’ victory at even-par 216.

Hirai opened the final round with a five-stroke lead. Four front-nine bogeys narrowed her lead to three, but she parred out to finish at 2-over-par 218, five strokes clear of Alexandra White of Honolulu.


Junior All-Star at The Rail

Aliea Clark of Carlsbad, Calif., overcame an eight-stroke deficit to win the Girls Division at the Junior All-Star at the Rail. Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill., put together three consecutive rounds of 68 to finish the tournament at 12-under-par 204, one stroke clear of the competition in the Boys Division.

Clark made only one bogey and three birdies in her final round, which earned her a spot in a playoff with second-round leader Katie Sharp of Kendallville, Ind. Clark’s par bested Sharp’s bogey in the playoff, earning Clark her first AJGA victory.

Ghim lit up The Rail Golf Course, carding 17 birdies in the three rounds. A strong challenge came from Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., who led Ghim by one stroke as they played No. 18. A 20-foot birdie putt gave Ghim the win, as Wood failed to get up-and-down after missing the green with his approach shot.


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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.