Junior Golf round-up


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.