Stimble Claims Two-Stroke Victory at Scissortail Junior Championship
Park Holds Three-Day Lead to Take Win at the Golf Club of Oklahoma
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Donald Stimble of Shell Knob, Mo., made his final-round breakthrough and won the Boys Division with a 7-under-par 209 total at the Golf Club of Oklahoma. Kaitlin Park of Tustin Ranch, Calif., maintained her three-day lead to win the Girls Division at the Scissortail Junior Championship, finishing at 221.
The Scissortail Junior Championship was a 54-hole stroke play tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Okla. The tournament field featured 99 boys and girls ages 12-18 from 15 states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,928 yards while the Girls Division played at 6,037 yards.
After falling just short of the lead in the first two rounds, Stimble's strategy for the final round was to have a solid start and take all opportunities for pars and birdies. Three birdies on the front nine gave Stimble leeway into the final nine holes, but a double on No. 16 and a bogey on No. 17 put him at even-par for the back nine.
“I had a few fluke mistakes and a bad break on No. 16,” Stimble said. “But I finished even-par so I just thought, ‘I'll take it.'”
Stimble is familiar to AJGA leaderboards with four top-five finishes, but wanted to take the win at this week's event.
“I've come close in the last three (events), so it feels good to finally pull it off.” Stimble said. “It puts me in a good position for next year being able to say I've done it before.”
Branson Davis of Mckinney, Texas placed second after posting a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to mark a 211 tournament total. Dylan McClure of Argyle, Texas finished in third at 217, while Taylor White of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and Michael Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., shared the fourth place spot, each posting 218 for a tournament total.
In the Girls Division, Park said nerves took a hold of her front nine, hurting her overall score with five bogies and putting her at 4-over-par 40 on the front side.
However, Park calmed the anxiety and felt her putting come back into play, posting a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine. Opening her back nine with a par, Park moved her focus to individual strokes, especially her putting.
“On No. 10 I hit my 9-iron a little too far but tapped my putt in for par,” Park said. “I knew I was finally getting my speed right and my feel for long putts, so I knew I would not let putting hurt my game.”
Jordan Lippetz of Bradenton, Fla., took the low final-round for the Girls Division at 2-under-par 70 and finished in second at 224. Christine Lin of Austin, Texas and Grace Choi of Dallas tied for third at 228.
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