BRADSHAW TAKES TROPHY AT THE WOODWARD VIDEO JUNIOR AT THE GREENBRIER
Umpant grabs first AJGA Title in Girls Division at The Greenbrier - Meadows Course
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Thomas Bradshaw of Columbia, S.C., came from one-stroke behind to take his first AJGA victory by two-strokes at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier Monday. Bradshaw made five birdies to finish at 2-under-par 69 and 4-under-par 209 for the tournament. In the Girls Division, Monica Umpant of Cerritos, Calif., gained back her lead from the first round to come out on top after carding a 3-over-par 74.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, The Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier was a 54-hole stroke play event held at The Greenbrier — Meadows Course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The field featured 99 boys and 33 girls, ages 12-18, from 22 states, Chile and Canada. The par-71 course was played at 6,756 yards for the Boys Division and 6,068 yards for the Girls Division.
Bradshaw, who has committed to Clemson next fall, was at 1-over-par going into No. 11 but was able to come back and take top honors after making birdies on Nos. 12, 13, and 16 to finish 2-under-par 34 on the back nine.
“No. 16 was a really tight hole, I hit my drive into the fairway,” said Bradshaw. “Then I hit my pitching wedge to 8-feet from the pin and sunk the putt for birdie. That birdie got me from 3-under to 4-under.”
The 196 yard par-3 No. 15 has been a tough hole for Bradshaw all week but he was able to hit another big 25-foot putt to make par.
“I really like it here at The Greenbrier,” Bradshaw said. “It is my last time I will play in this event so it is nice to shoot low. Hopefully, I will get invited to an invitational after this win.”
Sean Bosdosh of Clarksburg, Md., finished in second at 2-under-par 211. Taking third is Alex Lloyd of Virginia Beach, Va., at 1-under-par 212. Rounding out the Boys Division tied at fourth are David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., and Davis Womble of High Point, N.C., at 1-over-par 214.
In the Girls Division, Umpant started out with a bogey on her first hole the 378 yard par-4 No. 18 but was happy to play the difficult hole first. Umpant gained confidence after making 5-foot birdie putts on Nos. 2 and 4.
“I played very calm and didn't let anything bother me,” said Umpant. “Going into this event I didn't even think I was going to make the cut because my swing was out of place and didn't bring rain gear. I am really excited about the win!”
Umpant finished with a three-round total of 9-over-par 222.
Minami Levonowich of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in sole possession of second after posting the low final-round in the Girls Division at even-par 71 to finish with a three-round total of 224. Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., and Amy Ruengmateekhun of Garland, Texas finished tied for third with tournament totals of 12-over-par 225.
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