Ree Captures First Win at AJGA Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch
Luo claims one-stroke victory in the Girls Division
VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. Lawrence Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif., battled his way to the top of the Boys Division on Thursday at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch, finishing at 4-under-par 212 for the tournament. Minjia Luo of San Diego, Calif., won the Girls Division at 2-over-par 218.
The Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch is one of 10 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Marshallia Ranch Golf Course. The 68-player field featured 53 boys and 15 girls from seven states, Argentina, Brazil and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,712 yards and the Girls Division played at 5,732 yards.
Ree trailed by two strokes after the second round, but was able to get off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1 to open the final round. He continued to play consistently on the back nine, making birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. This is Ree's fifth AJGA tournament this summer and first AJGA win.
My mindset going into today was just trying to make par, Ree said. I wanted to focus on my game and not concentrate on what anyone else was doing. Winning this tournament has really made my summer worthwhile.
Tae Wan Lee of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., finished in second place at 3-under-par 213. Lawrence Tu of Irvine, Calif., finished in third at 2-under-par 214. Brock Drogosch of Westlake Village, Calif., and Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., finished tied for fourth place at even-par 216.
In the Girls Division, Luo got off to a quick start, birding Nos. 1 and 4 on the front nine, and was able to string together five pars in a row on the back nine to finish with a one-stroke lead and a tournament total of 2-over-par 218. This is Luo's last AJGA Junior All-Star event.
I made a few mistakes today but was able to really make some good shots after the turn, Luo said. I'm excited to win my last tournament of the summer and I'm ready to play in more AJGA open events next year.
Jocelyn Chia of La Crescenta, Calif., finished in second place at 3-over-par 219. Stephanie Liu of Fernandina Beach, Fla., finished in third place at 10-over-par 226.
GARY GILCHRIST GOLF ACADEMY, a full-time signature golf instruction program with campuses located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., and in Arroyo Grande, Calif., began as an Official Partner of the AJGA in 2009. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and the naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series, which provides juniors ages 12-15 access to national competitive golf opportunities.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
For more information about the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch, please contact National Headquarters at 770-868-4200.