WINN GRIPS HEATHER FARR CLASSIC HOSTED BY LONGBOW GOLF CLUB
Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz. •
April 21 - 24
MESA, Ariz. --
results from the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Longbow Golf Club.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 7000. Rating: 72.7. Slope: 132 Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6150. Rating: 75.2. Slope: 134
Wright Birdies First Playoff Hole to Win at Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic Hosted By Longbow Golf Club Moriya Jutanugarn storms out of the gate and takes girls division by two strokes
MESA, Arizona — Zachary Wright of Phoenix defeated Nicolo Galletti of Clayton, Calif., on the first playoff hole Sunday and finished at 4-under-par 209 to notch his first career AJGA victory at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. Moriya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, shot a 3-under-par 68 for a tournament-record total of 8-under-par 205 to win the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club was a 54-hole stroke play tournament. The 144-player field at the par-71 Longbow Golf Club featured 96 boys and 48 girls from 14 states, Canada, and Thailand. The Boys Division played at 7,000 yards and the Girls Division played at 6,150 yards.
A 2010 honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, Wright began the day eight shots behind Jonah Texeira of Northridge, Calif. The Arizona native shot a 4-under-par 67 and saw the rest of the leaders come back to him.
“People kept me posted and I started hitting on the range after I realized it was going to be close,” Wright said. “When I saw Jonah had to hole the chip I started getting ready for the playoff.”
Wright and Galletti played the par-5 18th as the playoff hole. Wright placed his third shot four feet from the cup, while Galletti left his chip shot on the fringe.
“I had never been in any situation like that before,” Wright said as he spoke about the moments leading up to his birdie putt that would give him the win. “It was just hanging there on the lip and I didn't think it was going to go in but it dropped.”
Galletti's 4-under-par 209 was good for second place, while Texeira and Patrick-Reilly McMahon of Santa Maria, Calif., finished tied for third at 3-under-par 210. J.J. Holen of Castaic, Calif., Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, and Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa finished in fifth at 1-under-par 212.
The Jutanugarn sisters dominated the top of the leaderboard for the third straight day, but it was Moriya who overtook younger sister Ariya for the Girls Division title.
“It was my first AJGA win and open win,” Moriya said. “It was exciting because it was a good field and I really felt it on the last hole.”
Moriya began the day two shots out of the lead, but carded an impressive front-nine 32 and shot even par on the back nine to close out the victory.
Ariya Jutanugarn took second at 6-under-par 207. Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz., and Gabriella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., finished tied for third at 3-under-par 210.
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