Aug. 4, 2014

AJGA juniors sweep Junior PGA Championship

AJGA juniors Sam Burns and Kristen Gillman won the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks hosted at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas. Gillman, of Austin, Texas, pulled away from the competition early and never looked back, carding a 16-under-par 268. Her score broke the four-round record at Miramont Country Club by three strokes, previously held by AJGA alumna Aree Song.
 
The Girls Division champion held a seven-stroke lead over fellow AJGA player Bethany Wu entering the final round, but she opened with three birdies to set the tone for her victory. The other four players in the top five were also AJGA juniors, Wu of Diamond Bar, California, Hannah O’Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Arizona, Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Florida, and Sierra Brooks of Sorrento, Florida, taking second through fifth, respectively.
 
Gillman followed up her 2013 Rolex Junior All-America honors with another strong summer, finishing in the top six in her three AJGA appearances, including a runner-up finish at the Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions. The Alabama verbal-commit holds one AJGA victory at the 2013 Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open.
 
In the Boys Division, Burns, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, had to hold off stiff competition through all four rounds. Burns’ consistent play earned him the championship, shooting at or below par in all four rounds and carding a 10-under-par 274.
 
His third-round score of 6-under-par 65 was enough to establish a four-stroke lead heading into the final round to hold off fellow AJGA junior Gordon Neale, who surged in the final 18 holes, firing eight birdies en route to a 4-under-par 67 round to finish second. Neale, of Dove Canyon, California, also posted the lowest individual round in the Boys Division during the second round, carding a 7-under-par 64. The top five also included AJGA boys Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas, and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Oklahoma, tied for third, and Phillip Barbaree, also from Shreveport, Louisiana, in fifth.
 
Burns is enjoying a summer of success, having won the Rolex Tournament of Champions in June. Additionally, he took third place at the Thunderbird International Junior in May and was a Wyndham Cup participant, playing for the West. The LSU verbal-commit is also a two-time Rolex Junior All-American.

 
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Boys
1. Sam Burns
Shreveport, LA
2. Sam Horsfield
Davenport, FL
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, LA
4. Gabriel Lench
Lake Mary, FL
5. Yechun (Carl) Yuan
Lake Mary, FL
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1. Angel Yin
Arcadia, CA
2. Hannah O'Sullivan
Chandler, AZ
3. Mika Liu
Beverly Hills, CA
4. Nelly Korda
Bradenton, FL
5. Sierra Brooks
Sorrento, FL
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Weekly Results
EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Open
Boys
Total
1
*Austin Hitt
210
2
Zhengkai Bai
210
3
Zachary Bariso
211
Girls
Total
1
Latanna Stone
219
2
Emma Albrecht
220
3
Lei Ye
222
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Goodman Rudolph
205
2
Ryan Hall
206
3
Brayden Garrison
207
Girls
Total
1
Olivia Cason
207
2
Amanda Doherty
208
3
Abigail Heck
212
Lockton Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Andy Spencer
202
2
Reese Ramsey
207
3
Brian Choe
209
Girls
Total
1
Pajaree Anannarukarn
208
T
2
Mia Ayer
220
T
2
Alexa Tsay
220
The Yang Foundation Junior at Wood Ranch
Boys
Total
1
Sean Yi
209
2
Brandon Brame
210
3
Seldon Doyle
212
Girls
Total
1
Kailie Vongsaga
215
2
Brittany Park
216
3
Ziyi Wang
217
AJGA Philadelphia Junior presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Christian Cavaliere
216
2
Brent Ito
218
3
Alex Zhu
219
Girls
Total
1
Holly McCann
220
T
2
Brynn Walker
221
T
2
Jackie Rogowicz
221
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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