SCHOVEE EARNS FIRST AJGA VICTORY AT FUTURE LEGENDS
Katahira cruises to Girls Division crown at The Legend at Brandybrook
WALES, Wisc. â€” Matthew Schovee of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., recorded a 1-over-par 72 Friday for a three-day total of 6-over-par 219 to win the Boys Division of the Future Legends at The Legend at Brandybrook. Mitsuki Katahira won the Girls Division after shooting a tournament-low 1-under-par 70 in the final round to finish at 7-over-par 220.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Future Legends was held at The Legend at Brandybrook. The tournament field consisted of 63 boys and 27 girls from 20 states and Mexico. The Boys Division played the course at 6,836 yards, while the Girls Division played at 5,983 yards.
Schovee was solid throughout the day carding early birdies on the par-5 second hole and chipping in for birdie on No. 5. Schovee put the exclamation point on his victory by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th. He's excited for the win, but he knows his accomplishment hasn't fully sunk in yet. Schovee said he played smart, only hitting five drivers in the final round and focused on keeping himself in good position.
â€śI just played smart,â€ť Schovee said. â€śMy game felt good from the start, but after I chipped in on five, I thought if I just played my game things could go my way.â€ť
Brad Hopfinger of Lake Forest, Ill., took second after shooting a 13-over-par 226. Maxwell Scodro of Chicago, Taylor Koser of Rice Lake, Wis., Jordan Frye of Colleyville, Texas, Troy Anderson of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Cabe Prieskorn of Texarkana, Texas, and Vincent India of Deerfield, Ill., all tied for third posting a 3-day total of 15-over-par 228.
In the Girls Division, Katahira picked up her second AJGA tournament win after winning last year's Medicus Preseason Junior at RTJ Grand National. This was a special tournament for Katahira because her parents made it all the way in from Japan to watch her play. Katahira said she really wanted to win the tournament since they came here to watch her. She said she felt her overall game was better Friday and was able to hit consistent shots throughout the final round. Katahira knew she was building a big lead, but just wanted to keep her focus.
â€śI didn't think about other players' scores, I just focused on my game,â€ť Katahira said. â€śWhen I made a bogey, I didn't want to think about it, I just wanted to try and get some birdies.â€ť
Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif., finished second in the Girls Division, carding an 18-over-par 231. Julie Yang of Phoenix, finished third with a 22-over-par 235.
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