ANA Junior Inspiration
Cindy Kou of Windermere, Florida, earned the final amateur exemption into golf’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, by winning the ANA Junior Inspiration in a three-hole playoff at Mission Hills Country Club. Kou ended 54 holes in a tie at 4-under-par 212 with Joyce Jin of (China) Encinitas, California. The duo battled at No. 18 for extra holes for the first time in the event’s eight-year history; Kou parred the final playoff hole to Jin’s bogey after a bunker shot off the tee to earn her first LPGA start. The victory puts the nine-time AJGA champion in elite company and tied for 12th on the AJGA’s all-time wins list.
AJGA Junior at Victoria Hills
Aaron Du of (China) Sanford, Florida, went into the final round in second place and came from behind to win the Boys Division after shooting an even-par 72 on the last day. He would finish the tournament at 7-under-par 209 to win by one stroke. Du has one other AJGA win at the 2018 AJGA Junior at Superstition and is No. 44 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Madison Hewlett of Oldsmar, Florida, finished T1 but claimed her first AJGA victory by winning a sudden-death playoff. She finished the tournament at even-par 216. Hewlett is a verbal commit to Florida State University and her previous best finish was runner-up at the 2018 Foley Performance Academy @ EaglesDream Junior All-Star.
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Jay Leng Jr. of La Jolla, California, came out on top in tight race down the stretch. His final round 4-over-par 76 was just enough to give him the one-shot win in the Boys Division. Leng Jr., was the only boy to record a round under par for the weekend with his first-round 2-under-par 70. The 13-year-old finished the tournament with a two-day total of 2-over-par 146. This was his first AJGA event and win. Arlene Faye Salvador from Palmdale, California, ran away from the field on the final day. Salvador shot a 1-under-par 71 in her final round to end up winning by an impressive four shots. She was also the only girl for the two days to record a round under par. This is Salvador’s first career AJGA victory.
AJGA Preview at Brookhaven
Isu Yang of Coppell, Texas, finished at the top of the leaderboard after a final-round 2-over-par 74. He would finish three strokes ahead of second place to earn his first AJGA top finish. The 18-year-old was playing in his first AJGA event and is a member of the class of 2020. Alexa Saldana of Mexico, Mexico, also earned her first top finish while playing in her first AJGA event. Saldana struggled during the first round but rebounded in the second round with a 5-over-par 78 to win the Girls Division by one stroke. The 15-year-old is a member of the class of 2022.