McINERNEY WINS JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT LAKE HAVASU AT 3-UNDER-PAR
Chun wins Girls Division by six strokes at The Refuge Golf Club
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — AJ McInerney of Henderson, Nev., capitalized on a five-stroke lead heading into Thursday's final round to win the Boys Division of the American Junior Golf Association's Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu firing 3-under-par 67-69-74—210. In the Girls Division, Michele Chun of Ontario, Calif., took a seven stroke lead into the final round and won by six strokes at 7-over-par 71-71-78--220.
Conducted by the AJGA, The Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu was a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 63 boys and 17 girls ages 12-15. Included in the 80-player field were 36 juniors from California and 15 from Arizona. The Boys Division played from tees set at 6,757 yards and the Girls Division played from 5,960 yards.
McInerney took the lead after a first-round score of 4-under-par 67 and never looked back. He was the only player to shoot under 70 in each of the first two rounds, but McInerney said his comfortable lead did not affect his play Thursday.
“The competition was really good this week and I tried not to think about the lead,” McInerney said. “I just tried to make as many birdies as I could, especially in the tough conditions today.”
John Varol of Weddington, N.C., finished in second place in the Boys Division at even-par 213. Tied for third at 2-over-par were Yuki Kato of Las Vegas, Cody Kent of Castle Rock, Colo., Shuai Wu of Beijing, China, Alberto Sanchez of Nogales, Ariz., and John Young Kim of Cypress, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Chun's final round score was still the third best on the day despite carding a score seven shots higher than she had the two previous rounds. Chun said it was her mental game that kept her at the top of the leaderboard.
“I had to stick to my pre-shot routine because the conditions were so windy today,” Chun said. “I know I can't control what my competitors do, so I just had to really focus on my own game.”
Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Marissa Chow of Honolulu with a three-day total of 226 and Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., at 228.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 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. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information about the Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.