NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR
Bellefonte Country Club
Ashland, Ky. •
June 22 - 25
ASHLAND, Ky. --
results from the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Bellefonte Country Club.
Boys Par: 35-35--70. Yardage: 6022. Rating: 68.7. Slope: 124 Girls Par: 35-35--70. Yardage: 5617. Rating: 71.8. Slope: 127
Martin Earns First AJGA Win at Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior
Talley Notches Girls Division Victory at Bellefonte Country Club
ASHLAND, Ky. — Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., carded a tournament total of 7-under-par 203 to take home the champion's trophy at the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., finished the tournament with a 1-over-par 211 to claim a wire-to-wire victory.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, Ky. The field featured 108 boys and 36 girls, ages 12-18, from 19 states Canada, Colombia and Thailand. The par-70 course is playing at 6,022 yards in the Boys Division and 5,617 yards in the Girls Division.
Martin, the first-round-leader, started the tournament with a 5-under-par 65. After a second-round 1-over-par 71, Martin began the final round with a four-stroke deficit. With four birdies on the back nine, he was able to close the gap. This win is the 13-year-old Martin's first AJGA victory.
“Being the youngest guy out there gave me a little less pressure since no one had any expectations for me,” Martin said. “I put a little pressure on myself to go out there and do my best. Since I was a kid I've been thinking about winning one of these and it feels great.”
Following Martin in second place was second-round leader Paul Sansom of Russellville, Ky., with a 6-under-par 204. Alex Carpenter of Westerville, Ohio, finished third with a 4-under-par 206. Tied for fourth was Jake McBride of Hartville, Ohio, and Todd McDaniel of Manchester, Ky., with 1-under-par 209.
In the Girls Division, Talley claimed top honors after carding two birdies to one bogey en route to her first AJGA win of 2010. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American, who won three events in 2009, contributes this victory to her putting.
“This tournament means a lot to me with it being in my home state and my third year playing in the event.” Talley said. “It's special to me to finally get a win here.”
In second place was Emily Wright of Mason, Ohio, with a 9-over-par 219. Following Wright was Allison Harper of Columbus, Ohio, with a 17-over-par 227.
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development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.