July 26, 2010

My Scotty Cameron Moment

Juliet Vongphoumy, Girls Division champion of the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out, accepts her Scotty Cameron putter cover from Tournament Director Kelli Holloway.

Each week, the AJGA honors one boy and one girl at every AJGA tournament who shoot the low final-round score. Below we hear from players at recent events as they recount the defining moment of their round.

Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out 

“I struck the ball very well,” said Nate Yankovich of Blacklick, Ohio. “I couldn’t get anything to really fall on the greens, but still a low round, can’t really complain.”

“It feels great,” said Ryan Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif., who finished in third with a final-round 2-over-par 74. “This is what I came out for today because I knew I couldn’t really come out with a win. I figured why not go for a low round and get a Scotty Cameron head cover.”


“I saw a lot of the course today, a lot more than I did the first two days,” said Girls Division champion Juliet Vongphoumy of Providence, R.I. “But I didn’t let the pressure get to me and it was good to get the win.”


Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst 

"The highlight of my round was my stretch from holes 9 to 13,” said Shotaro Ban of San Jose, Calif., after a 5-under-par 65.  “I jump started it on No. 9 with a 25-foot putt to get me going and was able to birdie all the way until No. 13. I was also able to make a big downhill putt on No. 18 for birdie. I'm really excited about my round because it gives me more confidence to know that I can score low and get back into my groove since I've been struggling this year so far."


"The highlight of my round was my chip in on No. 17,” said Girls Division champion, Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif. “It was my best tournament moment ever and really made my summer."

"I had a really solid round and made the important putts and made every shot count,” said Marika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif., of her final-round 3-under-par 68. “It was my goal to shoot 68 and I did it."


Junior All-Star at The Rail

“I made a lot of birdie putts when I needed to and I made a lot of great shots today,” said Davis Riley, of Hattiesburg, Miss., after posting a 5-under-par 67 to finish in third place. “My putter was really big for me today.”

“I made a 25-foot putt for par on No. 18 and that made my week because I hadn't made any long putts all week,” said Aliea Clark of Carlsbad, Calif., who carded a 2-under-par 70. Clark claimed the title via a sudden-death playoff that was forced by her par putt on No. 18.


“On No. 4, I made a birdie with a good approach shot and a long putt,” said Tatiana PinedaI of Bogota, Colombia. “I followed that up with a birdie on No. 5 with another good approach shot.”

“I birdied No. 11, but I had a bogey on No. 12 right after that,” said Stephanie Lau of Fullerton, Calif. “Then I was able to bounce back with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15.”

Hilton Head Junior All-Star


“I knew that I needed to get up and down for birdie on No. 17 because Zach had hit the green in two and wasn’t going to three-putt,” said Boys Division champion Rigel Fernandes of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “I hit it too hard and was praying that it would hit the cup and it did and went in.”

“My putting was the key for me today,” said Lauren Gros of Gainesville, Fla., of her final-round 1-over-par 73. “I made a lot of 10-foot birdie putts and ended up with five birdies on the round.”

Aaron's / Bob Estes Abilene Junior

"It is really exciting to shoot the low round and I'm glad I played well,” said Austen Fuller of Edmond, Okla., who captured his first AJGA victory. “I've been working hard on my 100-yard shots."

“It feels really good to shoot the low round,” said Anne Cheng of Torrance, Calif., after posting a 3-under-par 69 for a runner-up finish. “It is like all my hard work and practice has paid off. That [Scotty Cameron] headcover is going to look nice in my bag.”

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