Chung Claims Back-to-Back Victories at AJGA Girls Championship
Aubert finishes inside the top five for second straight year at The Furman Golf Club
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., claimed her third AJGA career victory at The Furman Golf Club Monday after firing a final-round 71 to claim back-to-back champion titles at the home of the Furman Paladins.
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Girls Championship was a 54-hole stroke play competition. The field featured 78 girls from around the world. In all, 17 states were represented along with players from Canada, Japan, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. Competitors played the par-72 Furman Golf Club at 6,124 yards.
Chung, ranked No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings, came out firing recording two birdies on the day to finish the round 1-under-par. The front nine provided a challenge for the 15-year-old. Making the turn at 2-over-par, Chung would eagle the par-5 13th hole and follow with a birdie on No. 14 to pull away from the competition.
“The front nine was pretty tough to get through, but I knew I had to grind on the back nine to get ahead,” Chung said. “The birdie at No. 14 was a surprise but helped propel me ahead.”
Arriving to Greenville ahead of time for extra practice, Chung was not expecting a repeat performance.
“It's pretty exciting to win again this year. I knew the field was going to be stronger, so I didn't expect to win again,” she said. “It means a lot and gives me more confidence going into my next tournament.”
Shannon Aubert of Orlando, Fla., who finishing tied for third in 2009, carded a 3-over-par 75 to sit at 2-over-par for the tournament and take second-place honors. McKenzie Talbert of Edgefield, S.C., finished third with a 220 tournament total. Gemma Dryburgh of Bradenton, Fla., Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu, and Rachel Dai of Suwanee, Ga., all finish tied for fourth with 223 tournament totals.
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