Weekly junior golf round-up

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Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier                                                                                                              The Greenbrier –  Meadows Course (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. –  Brendan Connolly of Castle Rock, Colo., carded a final-round 70 to finish at 2-under-par 211 and claim his first AJGA victory at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier. Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., fired a 3-over-par 74 to finish on top in the Girls Division at 9-over-par 222. 

Connolly, who trailed Stanhope Johnson Jr. of Greensboro, N.C., by seven strokes after the first round, worked hard on his putting after his first day and went on to play the final 36 holes in 7-under-par.

“I had 37 putts in the first round so I went to the practice putting green for about an hour after my round and left feeling a lot better,” said Connolly, who ascended to No. 37 in the Polo Golf Rankings with the win. “I hit the ball really well all week, but getting the putting turned around the last two days was the key for me.”

In the Girls Division, Martindale carded four final-round birdies, including three on the back nine, to edge Samantha Marks of Maitland, Fla., by one stroke.

“I didn't really have my best game this week, but I didn't really hit any terrible shots either,” said Martindale, who has won an AJGA event each year since 2007. “I hit a lot of fairways and greens and grinded it out and then rolled in a few birdies and it was good enough for the win. 


AJGA Girls Championship                                                                                                                                     
Furman Golf Club (Greenville, South Carolina)

GREENVILLE, S.C. –  Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., posted a 4-under-par total and went wire-to-wire to defend her title at the AJGA Girls Championship. Chung’s final-round 71 was the day’s lowest round and helped her to a six-shot victory over Shannon Aubert of Championsgate, Fla.

Nursing a two-shot lead over Aubert as the final group made the turn, Chung carded a bogey-free back nine that included an eagle on No. 13 and a birdie on No. 14.

“The front nine was pretty tough to get through, but I knew I had to grind on the back nine to get ahead,” said Chung, who is No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings. “The birdie at No. 14 was a surprise but helped stay me ahead.”

Aubert, who finished tied for third in 2009, carded a final-round 75 to finish at 2-over-par and take second-place honors. McKenzie Talbert of Edgefield, S.C., finished third at 4-over-par, while Gemma Dryburgh of Bradenton, Fla., Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu, and Rachel Dai of Suwanee, Ga., finished tied for fourth at 7-over-par.