HEATHER FARR CLASSIC
Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz. • April 13 - 16
 

FRANCIS GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT HEATHER FARR CLASSIC FOR FIRST AJGA VICTORY
Harigae overcomes deficit to claim first title at Longbow Golf Club

MESA, Ariz. — Two first-team Rolex Junior All-Americans captured their first American Junior Golf Association victories Sunday at the Heather Farr Classic in Mesa, Ariz. Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., fired a final-round 66 to finish at 12-under-par for the tournament. In the Girls Division, Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., caught fire during the middle portion of her final round, carding a 1-under-par 70 to finish the tournament at 4-under-par, enough for a one-shot win.

Conducted by the AJGA, the Heather Farr Classic was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. An Easter Weekend tradition, the Heather Farr Classic was staged in the Phoenix-area for the eighth consecutive year. One-hundred thirty-two junior golfers (ages 12-18) from 17 states, Canada and Mexico competed in the tournament. The field included 25 Rolex Junior All-Americans and boasts past champions such as Paula Creamer, Amanda Blumenherst and Hunter Mahan.

After recording eight top-five finishes in his AJGA career, Francis was able to earn his first victory just miles from his hometown of Scottsdale. Although Francis won by six shots, it appeared for a while that a challenger was coming out of the pack.

Roberto Galletti, Jr., of Clayton, Calif., was tied for 14th place after the second round, but an 8-under-par 63 that included six birdies and an eagle catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard, and Francis took notice.

“On No. 14 I heard that (Galletti, Jr.) shot 63,” Francis said. “I was 10-under-par at the time and I knew that if I kept playing how I was, I would be fine.”

Francis did just that on the back-nine, notching two birdies and an eagle on the par-4 17th hole in the midst of a back-nine 31, enough to comfortably claim the victory.

“It feels awesome to win this tournament,” Francis said. “I was 14 when I first played at the Heather Farr Classic, and that's when I really realized that I could play at this level.”

Galletti, Jr., finished in second at 6-under-par for the tournament. Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., came in third with a 2-under-par 211, while David Hahn of Henderson, Nev., finished fourth at 1-under-par 212. Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, the 2005 Heather Farr Classic champion, finished in a tie for fifth with Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., at even-par 213.

In the Girls Division, Harigae started out slow Sunday, bogeying her first two holes and falling three shots off the pace set by second-round leader Esther Choe of Scottsdale, Ariz. However, the 16-year-old battled back, making birdies on five out of eight holes in the middle of her round to jump to the top of the leaderboard.

“I had a really bad start, but I finally made a birdie on No. 6,” Harigae said. “From there I just tried to play conservative.”

As Harigae was charging to the top, Choe bogeyed four out of six holes in the middle of her round, falling out of contention. Meanwhile, Kristen Schelling of Mesa, Ariz., took advantage of consistent play to challenge Harigae on the back-nine.

After making birdie on No. 16, Schelling found herself within one shot of Harigae. On No. 17, Harigae sank a 12-foot par putt to hold onto the lead going to last hole. Schelling missed a 30-foot birdie putt by mere inches, allowing Harigae to two-putt her way to her first AJGA victory.

“I knew a had to make the par putt on No. 17 or there was going to be a playoff,” Harigae said. “It feels so good to finally get my first win.”

Schelling finished at 3-under par for the tournament to finish second. Choe recorded a final-round 76 to finish in third place at 1-over-par for the tournament.

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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

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 support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiles more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.

For more information on the Heather Farr Classic, please contact national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
Sponsors
Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
 
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Center:
Member ID:
Password:
 
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
 
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
 
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Andy Zhang
Reunion, FL
2. Sam Burns
Shreveport, LA
3. Jorge Garcia
Miami, FL
4. Austin Connelly
Irving, TX
5. KK Limbhasut
Loma Linda, CA
Girls
1. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, CA
2. Bethany Wu
Diamond Bar, CA
3. Megan Khang
Rockland, MA
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, TX
5. Amy Lee
Brea, CA
Complete Rankings
Foundation

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
   
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant

ACE

The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala - Marion Sports Commission
Boys
Total
1
Austin Hitt
141
T
2
Tyler Strafaci
142
T
2
Luis Gerardo Garza
142
Girls
Total
1
Emma Albrecht
144
2
Taylor Tomlinson
147
T
3
Gabriela Coello
148
T
3
Amy Zhang
148
T
3
Kaeli Jones
148
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
67
T
2
Zach Norris
68
T
2
J. J. Gresco
68
Girls
Total
1
Sophia Schubert
66
2
Angella Then
71
3
Abigail Heck
72
AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper
Boys
Total
T
1
Jacob Bergeron
68
T
1
Braden Thornberry
68
T
3
Drew Jones
70
T
3
Logan Watkins
70
Girls
Total
T
1
Mia Ayer
74
T
1
Sydney Youngblood
74
T
1
Kie Purdom
74
Lockton / Samsung Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Conner Koberg
69
2
Andrew Beckler
71
T
3
Tanner Owen
72
T
3
Aaron DeNucci
72
Girls
Total
1
Amy Matsuoka
71
T
2
Alison Chang
73
T
2
Meiqi Gao
73
Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic
Boys
Total
T
1
Marc Toma
69
T
1
Henry Cassriel
69
T
3
Mason Glinski
70
T
3
Taisei Negishi
70
T
3
Eric Ghim
70
Girls
Total
1
Benyapa Niphatsophon
67
T
2
Alyaa Abdulghany
68
T
2
Clare Amelia Legaspi
68
AJGA Philadelphia Junior
Boys
Total
1
Isaiah Logue
213
2
Will Bernstein
217
T
3
Davis Lamb
218
T
3
Brent Ito
218
Girls
Total
1
Brynn Walker
231
2
Madelein Herr
235
3
Amy Ding
236
FJ Live Scoring
AJGA U
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.