HERITAGE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Berkeley Hall Club
Bluffton, S.C. • June 15 - 18
FROM BEHIND TO CAPTURE HERITAGE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Conducted by the
American Junior Golf Association, the Heritage Junior Championship was a 54-hole
stroke play event being held at the Berkeley Hall – South Course. The
tournament field consisted of 58 boys and 21 girls, ages 14 to 18 from 14
McClain quickly jumped to the top of the leaderboard on the front nine, carding four birdies in his first six holes on his way to an opening-nine 32. After a bogey on No. 17, McClain held a one-shot lead going into the final hole. His approach shot to 10 feet allowed him to two-putt his way to his first AJGA win with a 5-under-par 211 total.
“I’m stoked and surprised, it’s been a long time coming,” McClain said. “I knew I had to shoot under par. I thought even par, I’d get lapped. I came out and made a few putts early and just really got my round going.”
Pete Kellermann of
In the Girls
Division, Stephens started on the back nine and quickly saw her four-shot lead
reduced to quick
birdies from second-place finisher Collins Bradshaw. However, Stephens, who will
“I wanted to maintain what I did throughout the first two days,” Stephens said. “I started playing a little more aggressively to get a few strokes back. My game plan kind of changed throughout, it was conservative then it kind of moved toward a little more aggressive route.”
Columbia, S.C., finished in second after a 2-under-par 70 and 2-under-par 214
total. Mariah Stackhouse of
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries.
AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the
Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch
AJGA alumni have
risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200
former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled
more than 350 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.
For more information about the Heritage Junior Championship, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.