FORSS TAKES BOYS DIVISION TITLE AT JOHN DEERE CLASSIC JUNIOR ALL-STAR
Chun pulls away from field to capture Girls Division victory at Glynns Creek Golf Course
LONG GROVE, Iowa — Alexander Forss of Temecula, Calif., finished with a 7-under-par 137 to win the Boys Division of the John Deere Classic Junior All-Star Thursday at Glynns Creek Golf Course. Michelle Chun of Ontario, Calif., made it a clean sweep for the state of California, pulling away to win the Girls Division with a 4-under-par 140.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the John Deere Classic Junior All-Star was held at Glynns Creek Golf Course. Due to inclement weather, the tournament was shortened from a 54-hole event to a two-day, 36-hole shotgun event. The tournament field consisted of 82 boys and 13 girls from 25 states and one foreign country. The Boys Division played the course at 6,789 yards, while the Girls Division played at 5,748 yards.
Forss, who fired a 4-under-par 68 in the first round, continued his strong play, carding a 3-under-par 69 in the final round. Forss said he wasn't nervous to play with the leader group because he feels he plays his best under that kind of pressure. He said he felt good all day and used his short game to give himself a chance to pick up the win.
“Usually my short game is where I can compete and I was comfortable with it today,” Forss said. “Nothing felt overly spectacular, I was just able to hit greens and sneak a few putts in.”
Richard Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., Kyle Kmiecik of Avon, Ohio, Thomas Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., Kramer Hickok of Plano, Texas, and Nick Langley of St. Louis, finished tied for second with 5-under-par 139s.
In the Girls Division, Chun said she was excited to pick up her second victory of the year, especially knowing how good her competition was. Chun felt comfortable with her irons and hit them well, giving her opportunities to make birdies. Chun carded a 3-under-par 69 in the final round to go with her 1-under-par 71 Wednesday to win by seven strokes.
“I really have no feeling right now because I can't believe it,” Chun said. “I just played my game today and executed really well. I've worked harder on my game recently and it feels good to know it's working out.”
Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Ill., finished second, recording a two-day total of 3-over-par 147. Casey Grice of College Station, Texas, finished third with a 7-over-par 151.
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