HICKOK TAKES THE WIN AT JUNIOR ALL-STAR AT ASPEN
Grice wins Girls Division by two strokes
ASPEN, Colo. — Kramer Hickok of Plano, Texas, shot a 1-over-par 72 during the final round for a 4-over-par 217 tournament total to claim victory in the Boys Division at the Junior All-Star at Aspen. Casey Grice of College Station, Texas, posted an even-par 72 on the day for a 9-over-par 225 tournament total in the Girls Division to take home top honors.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Aspen was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Aspen Golf Club. The Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12 - 15 years old. The competition provides an opportunity for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into open tournaments. The 89-player field featured players from 25 states, Mexico, British Columbia and Taiwan. The course played as a 6,753-yard par 71 for the Boys Division and a 5,893-yard par 72 in the Girls Division.
Hickok, 15, said his goal for the week was not to focus on other players, but to set a score and try to beat it. After practicing putting and working on his swing, he said it paid off when he caught first- and second-round leader Santiago Gavino of San Luis Potosi, Mexico on No. 1 — and never looked back.
“I just played my own game,” Hickok said. “Winning this tournament inspires me to keep playing and keep winning tournaments.”
Tying for second place each with 9-over-par 222 tournament totals were Hunter Kraus of Germantown, Tenn., and Gavino. Bobby Lange of Sherman Oaks, Calif., came in fourth carding a 10-over-par 223 tournament total, while Jonathan Park of Denver finished in fifth recording an 11-over-par 224 tournament total.
Going into the final round six strokes behind Chessey Thomas, Grice, 15, said although she was nervous, the level of competition helped her game. She carded a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine and 1-over-par 37 on the back nine. Her round included birdies on Nos. 2, 4, 9 and 12.
“I never really got in trouble and my putting was much better today,” said Grice. “I hit some iron shots close to make birdies and focused on fairways and greens.”
Coming in second place in the Girls Division was first- and second-round leader Thomas of Spokane, Wash., carding an 11-over-par 227. Valentina Fontaine of Hilton Head, S.C., came in third posting a 16-over-par 232.
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