UIHLEIN EDGES AHEAD TO FINISH AT
9-UNDER-PAR 279 FOR WIN AT FOOTJOY BOYS INVITATIONAL
Sanders finishes one stroke back for
second place at Forest Oaks Country Club
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three-time Rolex Junior All-American Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., charged ahead in the final round of the FootJoy Boys
Invitational to finish at 9-under-par 279 for the win. David Sanders of Mt.
Laurel, N.J., was tied with Uihlein for several holes up to No. 18, where Sanders
carded bogey to finish second at 8-under-par 280. A total of six players each
held the lead at some point during the final round.
by the American Junior Golf Association, the sixth-annual FootJoy Boys
Invitational was a 72-hole stroke play event held at Forest Oaks Country Club.
The 99-player field featured players from 24 states and seven countries. The
course played at 7,280 yards. Past champions of this event include Seung-Su
Han, Brian Harman, Daniel Woltman and Andrew Yun.
Uihlein, the 2005 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, finished
second at this event in 2006. He began the day in second place, despite taking
a 10 on No. 9 during his first round. By the time Uihlein made the turn, his putting
had put him at an even-par 36.
didn’t make any mistakes in the last three rounds, and I got up and down a
lot,” Uihlein said. “My putting was real clutch when I needed it.”
the back nine, the 17-year-old birdied Nos. 13 and 15 to move up to first place.
He then saved par on No. 18 after a tee shot into the rough, directly behind a
lengthy plot of fescue grass.
“It feels good to finally win [an
Invitational] once, but I had to make a 10 to do it,” Uihlein continued. “So if
that’s what it takes, I might as well make a 10 every time. I’ve come close so
many times. I figured that if I just stuck at it, then breaks would just start
going my way.”
Sanders finished one shot off the lead after hitting
his approach shot on No. 18 into the greenside bunker. When his bunker shot
landed on the collar of the green, Sanders missed a chip in for par and bogeyed
the hole to ultimately finish second.
Sonoda of Tokyo, Japan, Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., and Cory Whitsett of Houston tied for third at 7-under-par 281.
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