Bobby Wyatt Claims Two-Shot Victory
|Bobby Wyatt holds the trophy for the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.
Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., led after each of the first two rounds, then hung tough during 20 mph winds in the final round to win the title that narrowly avoided him in 2009. Entering the final round with a two-stroke margin over Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Wyatt and Spieth scored matching 74s to finish just as the day started.
At the 2009 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, Wyatt bogeyed the final hole to miss out on a playoff with Spieth and eventual champion Patrick Winther. This year, Wyatt gave himself some cushion on the closing hole. He came to the 18th with a two-stroke lead and safely hit the fairway and green, then two-putted for the title.
With winds gusting throughout the entire round, scores were up Monday. Whereas Wyatt opened the tournament with a 7-under-par 65, he closed with a 2-over-par 74 on a day when winds wreaked havoc and only two players shot scores under-par.
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Wyatt Hangs on while Spieth Rallies
|Wyatt still leads after the second round, but Spieth is just two shots behind.
Compared to the 7-under-par 65 he shot in the first round, Bobby Wyatt's even-par second round might seem a bit disappointing. However, only four players shot a better score, as Wyatt held on to his lead heading into the final round.
While Wyatt mixed together four birdies with four bogeys, Spieth, playing alongside him, fell way off the pace early on when he made a triple-bogey on the fourth hole. Soldiering on, by the end of the day, Spieth made six birdies to shoot a 1-under-par round 71, cutting Wyatt's lead from three shots to two.
Wyatt reached the 18th hole with only a one-stroke lead, but after knocking his 182-yard approach pin high with a 6-iron out of the rough, he drained his 12-foot birdie putt while Spieth two-putted for par. Just like that, Wyatt closed the day with some momentum and a little extra cushion.
For the third straight day, Wyatt and Spieth will play together, and will be joined by Cory Whitsett for the final round at Carlton Woods.
Wyatt and Whitsett should be playing plenty of golf together in the years to come, as they will become teammates at the University of Alabama in the fall. For now, their focus is on becoming the 2010 champion of the HP Championship at Carlton Woods.
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Wyatt's Birdie Binge
|With eight birdies on the day, Bobby Wyatt captured the first-round lead.
A bogey on the first hole of the day was the only speed bump for Bobby Wyatt during the first round of the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. From there, Wyatt pressed hard on the accelerator and was off to the races.
Wyatt birdied the next hole, then carded another at the fourth, before rallying for four more on holes 6 through 9. Wyatt followed up his front-nine 31 with a back-nine 34 to finish at 7-under-par 65.
Wyatt holds a 3-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth and Jeffrey Kang, who each shot 4-under-par 68. While the players at the top of the leaderboard carded excellent scores, no one should question the challenging nature of the Fazio Championship Course at Carlton Woods. Only nine players managed to shoot under par, and the field's stroke average was 75.7, making Wyatt's score all the more impressive.
In addition, the first round was played in temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s. The forecasted sun never materialized until the round neared completion. Fortunately, the projected second-round temperatures could reach into the 60s, a welcome respite from the unseasonably cold weather that has marked the week thus far.
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Invitational of the Year! Congratulations HP and Carlton Woods!
Each year, the AJGA honors its tournaments for their success in various areas of importance. The two top honors are Tournament of the Year (for non-Invitationals) and Invitational of the Year. The HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods was awarded the Invitational of the Year for overall success in Junior-Am fundraising, hospitality, media and volunteer support.
Tournament co-chairmen Chris Dernick and Brett Snortland of The Woodlands, along with John Dayan of HP and Carlos Zavala and Dallas Judkins of The Club at Carlton Woods, were on hand to receive the trophies.
In addition, the Junior-Am Award was presented in recognition of the fundraising efforts of the tournament committee. In 2009, no tournament raised more funds through a Junior-Am. Congratulations to all who made the 2009 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods a huge success. The 2010 edition is already raising the bar -- a great way to begin the year!
Live Tweeting from Carlton Woods
FootJoy Live Scoring is getting a new twist this year. Live Tweet updates will take place on the closing holes during the final round at each AJGA Invitational in 2010. As the competition comes down to its final moments, AJGA staff will be following the leaders and Tweeting the action as it occurs. The drama will unfurl via Twitter and fed into the FootJoy Live Scoring application at ajga.org. As always, the AJGA staff will provide blogs and video recaps each day, so even if you can't witness the action firsthand, the AJGA will bring the action to you.
Raising the Bar...
|In 2009, three players held the lead during the final round.
For the past 24 years, the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods has been a showcase for the world's best boy junior golfers. The competitive standards will be matched in 2010, as 78 players, representing 18 states and four foreign countries, will compete for the crown at The Club at Carlton Woods' Fazio Championship Course.
The longest-running, all-boys Invitational on the AJGA schedule, the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods features an impressive list of past champions, including college and professional stars such as Rickie Fowler, Morgan Hoffmann, Jim Furyk, David Duval and Tiger Woods.
This year's field includes 16 of the top 20 players in the Polo Golf Rankings, including five of the six players who finished in the top five at last year's event. Patrick Winther of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., will return to The Woodlands to defend his title. In 2009, Winther's tap-in birdie on the second playoff hole against Jordan Spieth of Dallas, propelled him to the winner's circle. The victory was one of four top-10 finishes on the year and helped him earn first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors.
Spieth will return to try to avenge his playoff loss from 2009. Currently No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Spieth finished in the top 10 of all eight tournaments in which he competed, including a win at the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur, en route to earning Rolex Junior Player of the Year honors.
Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., and Cheng-Tsung Pan of Bradenton, Fla., are both looking to improve upon their third-place finishes from a year ago. Wyatt capped off his Rolex Junior All-America season with a win at The Junior PLAYERS Championship, while Pan's third-place showing was one of five top 10s in national tournaments during the 2009 season.
Emiliano Grillo of Bradenton, Fla., finished fifth at this event last year and has been on a roll ever since. Currently No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Grillo won the 2009 PING Invitational, advanced to the quarterfinals at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, and then medaled at the Copa de las Americas to lead Team Argentina to a victory in the men's division.
The AJGA's most recent Invitational winner will make his first appearance at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., defeated Cory Whitsett in the match play finals at the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic, which has propelled him to the No. 3 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings. In all, he has seven career top 10s in national tournaments.
Each of these players help compose a talented field that includes 30 players who earned Rolex Junior All-America accolades in 2009. The HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods has proven to be an important stepping stone for the upcoming season, and 2010 promises to deliver similar results.
|Patrick Winther will return to The Woodlands, Texas, to defend his title.