Humphrey Earns First Junior All-Star Win at the Penn State Golf Courses - Blue Course
White claims Girls Division win at the Junior All-Star at Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Theo Humphrey of Greenwich, Conn., fired a final round even-par 72 to earn a victory in the Boys Division with an 8-under-par 208. Alexandra White of Honolulu, Hawaii, maintained her focus throughout the week to win the Girls Division with a 10-over-par 226.
The Junior All-Star at Penn State was one of 10 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
The Junior All-Star at Penn State was a 54-hole stroke play event with a cut after 36 holes conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Blue Course at Penn State Golf Courses. The 142-player field featured 110 boys and 32 girls, ages 12-18, from 20 states, Canada and Thailand. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,709 yards while the Girls Division played at 5,970 yards.
Playing well all week, Humphrey shot a first round 66, a second round 70 and a final round 72 for an 8-under-par 208. Relying on his solid iron play, Humphrey was able to stick to his strategy.
My strategy was just not to make any big mistakes, Humphrey said. I just wanted to shoot even or better because I was pretty sure that was going to get the job done.
Part of his strategy was to continue playing well on the par-5s. Humphrey went 4-under on No. 5 this week alone and was his favorite hole.
On No. 5 I was able to knock it on in two with an iron all three days and made two birdies and an eagle, so I was able to take advantage, Humphrey said.
Playing in his first Junior All-Star, Humphrey said winning was an awesome feeling and was his goal coming into the event.
It feels great obviously, Humphrey said. That was my goal coming into this week and to be able to achieve that really feels great.
Finishing in second was Will Thomas of Cary, N.C., with a 1-under-par 215. In a three-way tie for third was Colton Wiggins of Indiana, Pa., Justin Pagila of Dublin, Calif., and Ian Holt of Stow, Ohio., all with 2-over-par 218.
Admitting that she didn't play her best golf in the final round, White said her putting and driving were her strengths and helped her card a 4-over-par 76 to capture the Girls Division by one stroke.
I had plenty of pars, but I had way too many bogeys, White said. My putting helped me out a lot and kept me from getting high numbers. My drives also kept me from any trouble.
Coming off a second place finish at the Hilton Head Junior All-Star, White carded three birdies on the day including one at the par-5 No. 12, which White said was her favorite hole this week.
No. 12 helped me out all week, White said. I know I birdied it at least twice, so it was definitely useful.
White said claiming her first AJGA win was a great feeling.
It's an honor to win one of these events because these are some of the biggest tournaments that I play, White said. It's just another step to being better than I am and I hope to improve even more.
In second place was Chayanid Prapassarangkul of Bangkok, Thailand, with an 11-over-par 227. Finishing in third was August Kim of Searingtown, N.Y., with a 12-over-par 228.
GARY GILCHRIST GOLF ACADEMY, a full-time signature golf instruction program with campuses located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., and in Arroyo Grande, Calif., began as an Official Partner of the AJGA in 2009. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and the naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series, which provides juniors ages 12-15 access to national competitive golf opportunities.
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
For more information about the Junior All-Star at Penn State please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.