SHIN VICTORIOUS AFTER THREE-HOLE PLAYOFF AT STOCKTON SPORTS COMMISSION JUNIOR CLASSIC
Bergna vaults to top of leader board, claims first AJGA win
STOCKTON, Calif. â€” At the conclusion of regulation play at the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic, Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., and Victoria Sungmin Park of Irvine, Calif., found themselves in a familiar situation. For the third day in a row, the two ended the round tied for the lead with a tournament total of 3-under-par 213. The tie led them to a sudden-death playoff that would last for three holes. In the end, Shin would leave with her first AJGA win. In the Boys Division, Bryan Bergna of Riverside, Calif., began the day tied for fourth, four strokes behind the leaders. At the end of the day, he recorded a tournament total of 4-under-par 212 and a two-stroke victory.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic was a 54-hole stroke-play competition held at The Reserve at Spanos Park. The tournament field consisted of 72 boys and 27 girls from 14 states, Taiwan and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,082 yards while the Girls Division was played at 6,314 yards.
Shin, who is currently ranked eleventh in the Polo Golf Rankings, has played in 23 AJGA events, but it wasnâ€™t until Thursday that she claimed her first win. She carried a cool demeanor into the playoff, and with the intensity of a seasoned veteran went shot-for-shot with her competitor until she was able to capitalize on an opening on the par-4 No. 3. She stuck her second shot to within six feet and though she missed the birdie putt, her tap-in for par was good enough to best Park by one stroke.
â€śIâ€™ve known her [Park] for a long time, but I didnâ€™t see her as Victoria Park today. I saw her as my competitor for the win,â€ť Shin said. â€śI just wanted to make birdies and go for the win. Iâ€™ve been working really hard on this for a long time so it feels good.â€ť
A win in the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic gives Shin a boost heading into the PING Invitational.
Behind Shin and Park was Seo Hee Moon of Mukilteo, Wash., who recorded a tournament total of 2-over-par 218.
In the Boys Division, Bergna walked out of the scoring tent not knowing he had the winning score. It wasnâ€™t until the final group of the day had made their way to the No. 18 green that he knew he was leading the way.
â€śI didnâ€™t make any big mistakes today and thatâ€™s what kept me in it,â€ť the rising senior said. â€śIâ€™m starting to look at colleges and I hope this win will open up some doors for me.â€ť
On the day, Bergna recorded four birdies to two bogeys, ultimately giving him a two-stroke advantage.
In a three-way tie for second were Spencer Biersdorff of Nevada City, Calif., Anton Arboleda of La Canada, Calif., and Alberto Sanchez of Nogales, Ariz., each having recorded a 2-under-par 214. Standing alone in fifth with a tournament total of 1-under-par 215 was Daniel Covrig of Modesto, Calif.
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