PATEL FIRES 1-UNDER-PAR 71 TO TAKE MIDWEST JUNIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Huachai runs away with Girls Division title at Twin Orchard Country Club
LONG GROVE, Ill. — Ravi Patel of Naperville, Ill., fired a final round 1-under-par 71 to take the Midwest Junior Players Championship at Twin Orchard Country Club, while Nathada Huachai of Bangkok, Thailand, ran away from the field by eight strokes with a 1-over-par 73 final round performance in the Girls Division.
The Midwest Junior Players Championship was a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Twin Orchard Country Club's Red Course in Long Grove, Ill. The 99-participant field included juniors from 19 states, Thailand and Canada.
Patel worked through an up and down round to capture his first ever AJGA title. Beginning the day with a bogey on No. 1, he quickly recovered with a birdie on the second hole. Patel was in good position as he sat three strokes ahead going into No. 16, but saw that lead dwindle to only one as he approached the final hole. After dropping a par saving putt to seal the victory, Patel pumped his fist and let out a sigh of relief.
“The whole experience is pretty sweet, I've been so close for two years now, but this week I put it all together,” said Patel. “My putter was working great in the first round and today.”
Finishing in second was Steve Ziegler of Broomfield, Colo., with a 215. Samuel Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., finished alone in third with a 217. Tied for fourth place with tournament totals of 218 were Jordan Elsen of Kenosha, Wis., and Vincent India of Deerfield, Ill.
In the Girls Division, Huachai enjoyed a comfortable lead coming into the final round and cruised to her first AJGA victory by eight strokes in only her third career event. She was a consistent throughout, hitting fairways and greens to stay ahead of the pack.
“I'm glad that I got back on track with my game,” Huachai said. “Things just seemed to come together today. I would get a bogey, but then would recover with a birdie. I am happy with the win.”
Finishing in second place was Elisa Aoki of Nagoya-City, Japan, with a 231, and in third place was Joanna Coe of Mays Landing, N.J., shooting a 233 tournament total.
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a 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, 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 compiled 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 about the Midwest Junior Players Championship, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at 770-868-4200.