BASS PRO SHOPS / PAYNE STEWART JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Rivercut Golf Course
Springfield, Mo. • August 1 - 4

Media Score SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Final results from the Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Rivercut Golf Course.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6875. Rating: 73. Slope: 127
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6001. Rating: 74.2. Slope: 125

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Alvaro Ortiz
2014
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico 67-72-69--208
2 Wyatt Larkin
2014
Morganton, Ga. 69-69-73--211
T3 Brendon Jelley
2013
Tulsa, Okla. 67-71-74--212
3 Grant Hirschman
2014
Collierville, Tenn. 71-68-73--212
5 Joey Johnson
2012
Ozark, Mo. 74-68-71--213
T6 Austin Eoff
2013
Benton, Ark. 71-72-72--215
6 Chase Hanna
2013
Leawood, Kan. 72-70-73--215
8 Sean Elliott
2011
Westfield, N.J. 72-74-71--217
T9 Andrew McCain
2012
Minneapolis, Minn. 72-73-73--218
9 Robert Hughey
2012
Overland Park, Kan. 72-72-74--218
9 Jack Comstock
2015
Jacksonville, Fla. 72-73-73--218
12 Jacob Choi
2014
Collierville, Tenn. 70-79-70--219
T13 Josh Radcliff
2013
Coppell, Texas 71-77-72--220
13 Donald Stimble
2014
Shell Knob, Mo. 72-77-71--220
13 Danny Summers
2013
Mission Hills, Kan. 78-74-68--220
T16 Matthew Green
2012
Lenexa, Kan. 74-78-69--221
16 Noah Edmondson
2015
Davidson, N.C. 72-73-76--221
16 Josh Edison
2011
Springfield, Ill. 76-73-72--221
16 Ross Thornton
2012
Leawood, Kan. 73-72-76--221
16 Will Echelmeier
2012
Columbia, Mo. 78-72-71--221
T21 Brian Wade
2013
Parkville, Mo. 74-70-78--222
21 Hayden Wood
2014
Edmond, Okla. 72-71-79--222
21 Nate Smith
2012
Benton, Ark. 80-72-70--222
21 Jacob Fair
2012
Monett, Mo. 76-74-72--222
21 Tripp Roy
2012
Leawood, Kan. 69-77-76--222
21 Connor Davis
2012
Olive Branch, Miss. 72-73-77--222
T27 Mitchell Mather
2012
Lebanon, Mo. 78-74-71--223
27 Conner Schrock
2012
Mission Hills, Kan. 75-72-76--223
27 William Byrne
2013
Raymore, Mo. 77-73-73--223
27 Will McDonald
2012
Sapulpa, Okla. 74-74-75--223
T31 Jackson Hess
2012
Okmulgee, Okla. 77-72-75--224
31 Conley Hurst
2013
Little Rock, Ark. 78-72-74--224
31 Zachary Tate
2012
Leawood, Kan. 74-74-76--224
31 Tyler Reynolds
2012
Little Rock, Ark. 73-73-78--224
31 Corbin Sellers
2012
Louisville, Ky. 77-74-73--224
T36 Miles Aduddell
2013
Ozark, Mo. 74-75-76--225
36 Eli Armstrong
2013
Edmond, Okla. 70-79-76--225
38 Rustin Purser
2012
Edmond, Okla. 79-73-75--227
T39 Clayton Moles
2013
Marshfield, Mo. 79-73-76--228
39 Tony Simons
2011
Overland Park, Kan. 79-72-77--228
39 Jackson Foth
2012
Lake Quivira, Kan. 80-77-71--228
T42 RayVaun Christenson
2012
Ozark, Mo. 75-77-77--229
42 Connor Murphy
2013
Searcy, Ark. 78-71-80--229
42 Grant Smith
2013
Johnston, Iowa 81-69-79--229
42 Bryant Evans
2014
Flower Mound, Texas 78-70-81--229
T46 Alexander Higgs
2013
Overland Park, Kan. 77-77-76--230
46 Weston Hunt
2014
Flower Mound, Texas 76-77-77--230
46 Connor Knabe
2013
Leawood, Kan. 79-74-77--230
T49 Logan Coffman
2012
Lake Quivira, Kan. 74-80-77--231
49 Jacob Wherley
2011
Ozark, Mo. 75-80-76--231
49 Preston Harrington
2013
Dallas, Texas 71-86-74--231
T52 Nicholas McCall
2013
Winnetka, Ill. 77-74-82--233
52 Isaac Vandersee
2013
West Des Moines, Iowa 79-74-80--233
52 Jordan Mueser
2012
Normal, Ill. 77-75-81--233
T55 Harrison Moore
2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 81-74-79--234
55 Grant Campbell
2013
Waukee, Iowa 79-78-77--234
55 Hunter Zetsche
2012
Frisco, Texas 76-77-81--234
55 Trey Kidd
2013
Honolulu, Hawaii 76-78-80--234
T59 Taylor Mihok
2012
Aledo, Texas 83-75-77--235
59 Todd Alan McDonald
2013
Little Rock, Ark. 76-80-79--235
59 Ryan Gutz
2013
Storm Lake, Iowa 80-73-82--235
59 David Abolt
2012
Cuba, Mo. 74-83-78--235
59 Robert Mahaffey
2014
Rogersville, Mo. 85-73-77--235
64 Ryan Haxel
2012
St. Louis, Mo. 79-78-81--238
T65 Tanner Harrington
2012
Dallas, Texas 78-82-79--239
65 Ryan Sulsberger
2011
Mapleton, Iowa 80-79-80--239
65 Drew Greenwood
2012
Hot Springs, Ark. 79-81-79--239
68 Brock Bolton
2012
Salem, Ill. 79-84-77--240
69 Dylan Bekemeier
2014
Republic, Mo. 79-81-81--241
70 Ben Bevilacqua
2013
Tulsa, Okla. 79-86-78--243
71 Henry Simpson
2012
Mission Hills, Kan. 88-97-77--262
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Dylan Siebenaler
2013
Sugar Land, Texas
89-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Sarah Schmelzel
2012
Phoenix, Ariz. 69-71-70--210
2 Patricia Lee
2012
Lone Tree, Colo. 79-72-71--222
3 Jordan Chael
2013
Overland Park, Kan. 70-76-79--225
4 Vivian Hsuan Chen
2013
(Taiwan) Bradenton, Fla. 75-76-75--226
5 Grace Choi
2013
Dallas, Texas 73-81-73--227
6 Maggie Neece
2013
Colleyville, Texas 79-73-76--228
7 Alison Armstrong
2016
Tampa, Fla. 80-71-81--232
T8 Jennifer Kim
2012
Collierville, Tenn. 81-74-79--234
8 Anna Grace Lavy
2015
Fayetteville, Ark. 82-76-76--234
10 Margaret Alumno
2011
Springfield, Mo. 82-73-80--235
T11 Anne Willman
2013
Prairie Village, Kan. 81-73-83--237
11 Cassie Wang
2013
Lenexa, Kan. 81-72-84--237
13 Jiayi Xiao
2013
Foshan, China 83-77-81--241
14 Brooke LaRue
2012
Topeka, Kan. 80-82-80--242
T15 Lindsey Eisenreich
2012
Fenton, Mo. 87-81-76--244
15 Katherine Guo
2012
Arcadia, Calif. 79-80-85--244
17 Caroline Boone
2012
Wynne, Ark. 78-85-82--245
18 Kaci McCartan
2011
Plano, Texas 82-82-82--246
19 Sun young Jung
2015
Springfield, Mo. 84-79-85--248
20 Libby Croom
2012
Russellville, Ark. 92-83-76--251
21 Brittney Jostes
2012
Weldon Spring, Mo. 87-81-85--253
22 Grace Yowell
2012
McPherson, Kan. 86-90-81--257
23 Allison Dunham
2012
West Chester, Ohio 100-97-90--287
24 Peyson Shields
2012
Nixa, Mo. 103-86-108--297
 

Ortiz captures first AJGA championship at the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship
Schmelzel goes wire-to-wire at Rivercut Golf Course

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Despite trailing by a single stroke entering final-round action Thursday, Alvaro Ortiz of Zapopan, Mexico, earned his first AJGA tournamennt victory as he finished at 8-under-par 208 in the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship. In the Girls Division, Sarah Schmelzel of Phoenix, Ariz., completed her wire-to-wire championship at Rivercut Golf Course as she finished the tournament at 6-under-par 210 en route to her first AJGA championship.

The Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship was a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. The tournament field included 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18 from 19 states, China, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan and South Korea. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,875 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 6,001 yards.

Oritz, who entered the final round tied for third, fired a final round 3-under-par 69, a round which included five birdies. Ortiz had earned two top-five finishes earlier this summer and now feels quite a sense of relief after earning his first championship honors.

“It's huge for me to win my first tournament,” Ortiz said. “I was just hoping to win since I've now been in four AJGA tournaments and have held the lead in three of them and wasn't able to hold on, so this win is very important for me.”

Surrendering his lead after the tournament's first two rounds was Wyatt Larkin of Morganton, Ga., who finished second at 5-under-par 211. Also falling from atop the leaderboard and finishing in a tie for third was Brendon Jelley of Tulsa, Okla., who finished at 4-under-par 212. Finishing tied with Jelley in third was Grant Hirschman of Collierville, Tenn., while Joey Johnson of Ozark, Mo., finished fifth at 3-under-par 213.

In the Girls Division, Schmelzel carded a final round 2-under-par 70 as she finished 12 strokes ahead of her nearest competitor. Schmelzel held the lead after every round of the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship as she fulfilled her pre-tournament goal of earning championship honors.

“My goal coming into this event was to win,” Schmelzel said. “This was my third year playing at this course and it is one of my favorite AJGA tournaments so I really set my sights on winning the championship.”

Schmelzel has twice finished second in AJGA tournaments including the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship last year. However, Schmelzel has patiently waited her turn as she earned her first AJGA championship in her final tournament of the summer.

“It feels really good to finally win and it is a big confidence boost knowing that I was able to finish with a low round today,” Schmelzel said. “I just kept the same attitude throughout the tournament and played my shots the same way each day which led me to not having to change my game plan throughout the week.”

Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division was Patricia Lee of Lone Tree, Colo., who finished second at 6-over-par 222 while Jordan Chael of Overland Park, Kan., finished third at 9-over-par 225.

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For more information about the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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