YIU SHOOTS 3-UNDER-PAR 69 TO TAKE THE WIN AT TIJERAS CREEK GOLF CLUB
Oride stays steady to win Girls Division in the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — Michael Yiu of Laguna Hills, Calif., surged back from second Thursday after the first two rounds of the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank to win by four strokes with a tournament total of 9-under-par 207. Kelli Oride of Lihue, Hawaii, maintained her tournament lead with a 2-under-par 214 to win the Girls Division at Tijeras Creek Golf Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank was held at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 57 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from seven states, China and Thailand. Sixty-four hailed from the home state of California. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 6,834 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,019 yards.
Yiu, who came into the final round three strokes behind first and second round leader, Benjamin Lein of Diamond Bar, Calif., was able to card three birdies on the front nine to head into the last nine holes as the leader.
”I was just playing my own game,” Yiu said. “It wasn't until we were tied that I realized I'd come back. I just had focused on myself.”
Yiu, a 2007 HP Scholastic All-American, recorded every round this week at or under par to take home his first AJGA win.
“It really hasn't settled in yet,” Yiu said. “After my birdie on No. 18, I thought ‘Wow, I played really good golf today.' This week has been great. The people I've played with have been great. The course is impressive. It was beyond my expectations.”
Jeff Wibawa of Encino, Calif., shot the low final round of 7-under-par 65 to tie with Lein for second, both with a total of 5-under-par 211. Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., placed fourth with a 4-under-par 212. Finishing in fifth with a 1-under-par 215 was Alexander Forss of Temecula, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Oride came in to this week's tournament disappointed after her play at last week's Hanmi Bank Junior Open. She carded three birdies on the day to give her the win by three strokes. Oride who played in only her second AJGA event in as many weeks, is overwhelmed by her first AJGA victory.
“I feel very privileged,” Ordie said. “Growing up (in Hawaii) I'm always hearing of kids playing in all these top-notch events on the mainland. This is the first year I'm trying to put my name out there but I really didn't expect this.”
Also atop the Girls leaderboard was Beverly Vatananugulkit of Cerritos, Calif., who finished in second with a 1-over-par 217. Kristina Nhim of Buena Park, Calif., rounded out the top three with a 3-over-par 219.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, just minutes from Orange County's John Wayne Airport, the Ted Robinson-designed Tijeras Creek Golf Club is the tale of two nines. The distinctive course layout at Tijeras Creek opens with a demanding front nine that is highlighted with shimmering water features that come into play on four out of the first nine holes. The back nine holes are legendary for the breathtaking scenery, and awe-inspiring elevation changes that wind through old growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral. In fact, hole number sixteen was voted one of Orange County's Best 18 Holes. A popular venue for many prestigious outings and events, Tijeras Creek has played host to the Women's Pac-10 Championships, along with the Men's and Women's Big West Championships. In addition, Tijeras Creek Golf Club is one of only four daily fee facilities in the state to have hosted the Southern California Amateur Open.
Tijeras Creek Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 29 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and Mexico. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information on OB Sports, visit www.obsports.com or call (480) 948-1300.
For tee times and more information about Tijeras Creek visit www.tijerascreek.com, or call (949) 589-9793.
For more information on the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.