REDFERN WINS AJGA NEW MEXICO OPEN AT 9-UNDER-PAR 207
Yang fires 3-under-par 69 to finish at even-par atop Girls Division at Sandia Golf Club
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Brenden Redfern of Austin, Texas, closed out his first AJGA win with a 2-under-par 70, leading him to a tournament total 9-under-par 207 to win the Boys Division of the AJGA New Mexico Open by four strokes. Michelle Yang of Los Angeles carded a low final round of 3-under-par 69 to claim her first AJGA victory at Sandia Golf Club, finishing at even-par 216 for the tournament.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA New Mexico Open was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Sandia Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 99 players, 75 boys and 24 girls from 19 states and Mexico. The Boys Division was played at 7,383 yards and the Girls Division at 6,184 yards.
Steady iron-play throughout the week led Redfern to his first AJGA victory. The five-shot lead at the turn helped him to coast through the back nine and enjoy the day.
“My irons were solid all week long,” Redfern said. “I made a lot of birdies out here because I was hitting it close and keeping it on the green for opportunities,” he said.
In second at 5-under-par 211 was Sam Saunders, who was playing at home this week in Albuquerque. McCoy Willey of St. George, Utah finished in third at 3-under-par 213 for the tournament. A three-way tie for fourth went to Juan Pablo Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico, Collin Pratt of Santa Fe, N.M., and Paul McConnell of Garland, Texas at 2-under-par 214.
Yang used a 3-under-par 33 on the front side to overcome her four-stroke deficit from the second round. She said she owes this victory to a hot putter, making everything inside ten feet during the final round.
“My chipping and putting weren't working yesterday,” said Yang. “I worked on some things after the round yesterday and today it all came back together. I only hit 11 greens but had just 27 putts,” she said.
In a tie for second, at 1-over-par 217, were Bonnie Hu of Fremont, Calif., and Casey Grice of College Station, Texas. This was Hu's third consecutive AJGA second place finish of the summer.
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