Michigan Native Wins by Three Strokes at Randy Wise Junior Open
Sritragul wins first AJGA Open at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
GRAND BLANC, Mich. β Henry Do of Ypsilanti, Mich., shot a 1-over-par 73 to secure his victory in just his second AJGA Open event. Paveenuch Sritragul of Bangkok, Thailand shot a 3-over-par 75 to finish the tournament with a 6-over-par 222, capturing her first AJGA Open title. Sritragul is a Junior All-Star champion, having won the Junior All-Star at Spring Creek last August.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randy Wise Junior Open was held at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. The field featured 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states, Indonesia, Thailand and Canada. The par-72 course played at 7,106 yards for the Boys Division and 6,038 yards for the Girls Division.
Do equaled his efforts from the first round shooting a 1-over-par 73. He was able to capitalize on the strength of his short game throughout the round.
βThe turning point for me came on No. 15. I hit my approach shot over the green and was almost out of bounds. I got up and down, which was difficult; it was a definite momentum changer. I felt like I was going to finish well after that.β
Jake McBride of Hartville, Ohio, shot a low final-round score of 5-under-par 67 to land in second with a tournament total of even-par 216. Haoyuan Lu of Bradenton, Fla., and Austin Romeo of Erie, Pa., were at 1-over-par 217 to earn third. In fifth was Beau Titsworth of Avon, Ohio, who shot a 3-over-par 219.
Sritragul, playing in her first AJGA Open event, concentrated down the stretch, getting an even-par back-nine score, to secure her victory with a one shot advantage.
βI felt like my turning point of the round came on No. 17. Ashley [Armstrong] and I were back and forth for a lot of the round and on that hole I was able to birdie and she bogeyed, so I felt more confident coming into No. 18.β
Ashley Armstrong of Flossmoor, Ill., finished one shot back of the lead with a 7-over-par 223 after carding a 1-over-par final-round 73. Lauren Grogan of Columbus, Ohio, Christine Meier of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Lauren English of Bloomington, Ill., tied for third with tournament totals of 228.
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