WEST JUNIOR OPEN
Robinson Ranch Golf Club
Santa Clarita, Calif. • July 6 - 9
 

KANG WINS CLOSE RACE AT ROBINSON RANCH GOLF CLUB
Vasilic comes from eight back to win the West Junior Open

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Jeffrey Kang of Fullerton, Calif., played a steady final-round Thursday at the West Junior Open. He shot a final-round 3-over-par 75 to finish one shot ahead of Todd Baek of San Diego. Jessica Vasilic of Anaheim Hills, Calif., shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to come from eight shots back to win at Robinson Ranch Golf Club.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the West Junior Open was a 54-hole stroke play event held on the Valley Course at Robinson Ranch Golf Club. The tournament field featured 72 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from six states, Argentina and Mexico. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,864 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,137 yards.

After leading every step of the way this week, Kang will take home the trophy. His final-round 3-over-par 75 was good enough for a one shot victory in the Boys Division. Despite the difficult course, he managed to drive the ball flawlessly all week.

“The course was playing pretty tough all week,” Kang said. “With how tight it is my driver was the key for me winning this golf tournament.”

Baek finished second with a three-day total of 3-under-par 213. Robin Jang of Los Angeles and Alexander Forss of Temecula, Calif., tied for third each with three-day totals of 1-under-par 215. Jordan Lee of Tarzana, Calif., finished in fifth with a three-day total of even-par 216.

In the Girls Division, Vasilic heated up quickly recording an eagle and four birdies against two bogeys to shoot a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine. The highlight of her round came on No. 4, a 505 yard par-5, where she holed out from 40 yards for an eagle three. She attributes her low round of the day to a fantastic short game.

“My chipping and putting were on fire,” Vasilic said. “I holed out on No. 5 for eagle then drained 60 footer on the next hole for birdie.”

Stacy Kim of Yorba Linda, Calif., finished second with a three-day total of 9-over-par 225. Tied for third was Jennifer Hahn of Henderson, Nev., Anne Cheng of Torrance, Calif., and Monica Petchakan of Encino, Calif., each had three-day totals of 11-over-par 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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.

For more information, please contact the Tournament Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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Weekly Results
Davis Love III Junior Open
Boys
Total
1
Will Chandler
204
2
Joshua Martin
205
3
Kyle Sterbinsky
206
Girls
Total
1
Kelly Whaley
211
2
Emilia Migliaccio
216
3
Latanna Stone
217
David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior
Boys
Total
1
*Blaine Hale Jr.
210
2
Brandon Smith
210
3
Triston Fisher
211
Girls
Total
1
Katharine Patrick
214
T
2
Julia Johnson
219
T
2
Hanna Alberto
219
T
2
Courtney Bryant
219
Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Winston Margaritis
207
T
2
Pierce Aichinger
212
T
2
Walker Kesterson
212
Girls
Total
1
Madeline Chou
216
T
2
Youngin Chun
218
T
2
Athena Yang
218
the Memorial Junior
Boys
Total
1
Donnie Trosper
209
2
Glenn Piot
212
T
3
Cameron Michalak
217
T
3
Elliott Grayson
217
T
3
Jeg Coughlin III
217
Girls
Total
1
Lexie Toth
219
2
Sybil Robinson
223
T
3
Lois Kaye Go
224
T
3
Molly Skapik
224
Lipari Energy Junior Championship presented by City of London
Boys
Total
1
Andrew Spiegler
207
2
Hoke Carlton
209
3
Zach Norris
215
Girls
Total
1
Brooke Graebe
214
2
Julia Calbi
217
3
Jiayu Kong
225
BBCN Bank Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Issei Tanabe
206
T
2
Davis Holman
209
T
2
Justin Kim
209
Girls
Total
1
Kornkamol Sukaree
209
2
Haley Moore
213
T
3
Kelly Lee
216
T
3
Jocelyn Chia
216
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