ANDREWS NOTCHES SECOND VICTORY OF SUMMER
AT GOLF PRIDE JUNIOR CLASSIC
Gunter takes first in Girls Division at National Golf Club
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. Bo Andrews of Raleigh, N.C., shot another 3-under-par 69 in the final round to come out the victor at the Golf Pride Junior Classic. Courtney Gunter of Matthews, N.C., shot a final round 1-under-par 71 to capture the title in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf Pride Junior Classic was a 54-hole stroke play event held at National Golf Club. The 95-player field featured juniors from 13 states and Canada. The course was played at 7,068 yards for the Boys Division and 6,209 yards for the Girls Division.
Andrews started the day well, sticking a 4-iron within two feet on No. 2, but finished the front side 1-over-par. Then he made the turn, and as the temperature heated up, so did Andrews, making birdie on Nos. 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16.
I just got in the zone and made some putts, Andrews said. It just shows that hard work can really pay off.
From the first round on, Andrews never forfeited the lead and finished with a tournament total of 8-under-par 208. Now he is focused on his next tournament over Labor Day weekend and says he is looking forward to it and that he just hopes he plays as well as he did here.
Dong Su of Richmond, British Columbia, Austin Cody of North Charleston, S.C., and Will Almand of Cary, N.C., tied for second place with tournament totals of 211. Finishing fifth in the Boys Division was Mark McMillen, Jr., of Smithfield, N.C., at 4-under-par 212.
In the Girls Division, Gunter earned her first AJGA victory after posting a tournament total of 1-over-par 217. She was the only girl in the field to break par in the tournament and did it in both the second and final rounds. Gunter, 16, made two birdies in the final round and now looks ahead to a tournament in Philadelphia next week.
I just tried to play my game out there, and it went well, Gunter said. I was putting a lot better this week, and it made a big difference.
Gunter said she loves playing in the Pinehurst area and will come back. However, she added that this victory gives her more confidence and the assurance that she can come out to a tournament and win.
Stephanie Wagstaff of Asheville, N.C., claimed second place with a tournament total of 222. Rounding out the Girls Division top-3 was Courtney McKim of Raleigh, who carded a three-day total of 227.
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.
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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.
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