DUAL FIRST TIME CHAMPIONS AT W. DUNCAN MACMILLIAN CLASSIC AT RUSH CREEK
Perry goes wire-to-wire in Boys Division, Piyapattra dominates Girls Division
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. â€” Jack Perry, 16, of Santa Barbara, Calif., shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to take home his first AJGA tournament victory Thursday at the W. Duncan MacMillian Classic at Rush Creek. Michelle Piyapattra, 16, of Corona, Calif., separated herself from the rest of the Girls Division, winning by eight strokes to also take home her first AJGA title.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at Rush Creek was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Rush Creek Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 75 Boys and 24 Girls, ages 12-18, from 22 states and Canada. The par-72 course was played at 7,107 yards for the Boys Division and 6,193 yards for the Girls Division.
Perry knew it would come down to the wire after entering the final round leading by only one stroke. Perry, who had at least a share of the lead each day, finished the final round strongly by making birdie on the last three holes, Nos. 16, 17 and 18. Perry knew it was a great day after hitting his 7-iron on No. 16 to about one foot. Perry added birdies on Nos. 8 and 12 to finish the week with a 7-under-par 209.
â€śIt is great to finally win an AJGA event,â€ť Perry said. â€śTo play against the best players and win, is exhilarating. To see that all my hard work is paying off is the most rewarding part.â€ť
Motin Yeung of Orlando, Fla., finished second, carding a 1-under-par 215. Marcus Plunkett of St. Augustine, Fla., and Gregory Fehrman of Rothchild, Wis., finished tied for third after shooting 2-over-par 218s. David Walter of Eau Claire, Wis., and Kevin DeHuff of Coto de Caza, Calif., rounded out the top five in the Boys Division with 5-over-par 221s.
Using her irons to her advantage, hitting them straight and with distance, Piyapattra was able to hit sixteen fairways. She was nervous going in to the final round with the lead, but quickly boosted her confidence when she made her first birdie on the par-3, 137 yard 12th hole after making bogey on No. 11. Piyapattra added birdies on Nos. 4 and 17 to finish the tournament with a 4-under-par 212.
â€śI felt like it was neck and neck out there,â€ť Piyapattra said. â€śEvery hole felt like the lead could change hands. I'm just glad I was able to hang on and win.â€ť
Anne Cheng of Torrance, Calif., took home second place, firing 4-over-par 220. Gabriella Then, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Jessica Vasilic of Anaheim Hills, Calif., and Elizabeth Doty of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., finished tied for third place, carding tournament totals of 8-over-par 224.
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