Chan Comes From Behind to Win AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks
ASHLAND, Neb. — Lorens Chan of Honolulu carded a final-round score of even-par 71 to finish with a winning score of 4-under-par 209 at the AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks. Somin Lee was crowned the Girls Division Champion after posting a 2-over-par 73 during the final round, putting her at even-par 213.
The AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks was a 54-hole stroke play tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Quarry Oaks in Ashland, Neb. The tournament field consisted of 77 boys and girls ages 12-18 from 18 states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-71 course at 6,813 yards while the Girls Division played at 6,045 yards.
Chan entered the day three strokes off the lead, and made his comeback with consistent play, keeping the ball in the fairways and hitting greens.
“I managed to keep it in play, and I had a shot to the greens, on this course if you don't keep it in play and hit in the wrong spot you are pretty much done,” Chan said. This course will eat you alive so I just kept it in play and just kept trying to make par, and if birdie comes that's great.”
Steven Ihm of Dubuque, Iowa, finished second at 2-under-par 211, while Ian Vandersee of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Cameron Harrell of Colorado Springs, Colo., tied for third at 1-under par 212. Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Wash., and Michael Culin of Plano, Texas, rounded out the top five, finishing at even-par 213.
In the Girls Division, Lee picked up the first win of her AJGA career Thursday. She entered the final round with a 5-stroke lead but still felt some pressure from the tournament field. The 2011 graduate marked three consecutive birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to pull away down the home stretch.
“Christina (Cantu) was trying to catch me but I had confidence in myself so I knew I could do it. I just tried to come back, and play my game,” Lee said.
Behind Lee was Christina Cantu of Houston, who finished in second at 5-over-par 218 while Elizabeth Doty of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., finished third with a three-day total of 223.
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