GRIMES FINISHES LAST JUNIOR-ALL STAR WITH WIN AT MARSHALLIA RANCH
Feng holds on to lead, winning fourth AJGA title
VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. — Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., carded a 3-over-par 75 in the final round of the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch to claim his first ever AJGA win, with a tournament total of 2-over-par 118. Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., shot a 4-over-par 76 to win the Girls Division tournament title by two stokes.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch was a 54-hole stroke play event held at the Marshallia Ranch Golf Course. The tournament field consisted of 93 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-15, from 13 states and Canada. Eighty-seven hailed from the home state of California. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 6,743 yards, while the Girls Division played at 5,669 yards.
Grimes continued his second round strategy of not using his driver as much on tee shots because of the windy conditions.
“My tee time today was a big change from the last two days, so I had to adjust,” said Grimes. “I finally got comfortable on the back nine, and I knew that if I avoided any big mistakes, I'd be okay with the lead that I had.”
Grimes tallied three birdies, including a 20-foot putt for birdie on No. 1 to start his day.
Cameron Palmer of Gilbert, Ariz., finished two stokes behind Grimes, in second place with a tournament total of 4-over-par 220. Jake Katz of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., both shot 5-over-par 221s to tie for third. Nicholas Schafer of Rocklin, Calif., carded a 6-over-par 222 on the week to put himself in the fifth place spot in the Boys Division.
Feng, 12, said that she wasn't keeping track of scores until she got to No. 17.
“I had four bogies on the front nine so I tried to erase that from my mind once I got to No. 10,” Feng said. “I had a great drive on No. 10 and my second shot ended up being two feet from the hole. I putted for birdie and that helped me get going on the back nine.”
Ma Andrea Unson of Murrieta, Calif., shot a 5-over-par 77 in her final round for a tournament total of 12-over-par 228, putting her in second place. Marissa Borja of Spring Valley, Calif., and Rochelle Chan of Carson, Calif., both carded tournament totals of 14-over-par 230s to tie for third in the Girls Division.
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