Champions Report

Champions Report: July 22

A look at your most recent champions from the past week of AJGA events.
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Enagic Junior Championship

Miyu Yamashita of Osaka, Japan, played in and won her first AJGA event this week after carding a tournament total of 16-under-par 200 in the Girls Division. The 17-year-old swept the field in her first round, carding nine birdies to take a five-stroke lead with an 8-under-par 64. Finishing off a bogey-free second round with four birdies and an eagle on No. 8, Yamashita now had a 14-stroke lead taking her into the final round. With a 2-under-par 70, Yamashita claimed the title by 18 strokes. Caden McMackin of Laguna Beach, California, won the Boys Division with a tournament total of 2-over-par 218. After a first round of even-par 72 to tie for third, the 17-year-old started and finished his second round off strong with an eagle on Nos. 1 and 17, bumping him up to T2 going into his final round. With five birdies in the final round, McMackin made one more jump up the leaderboard to claim the title by one stroke. The Loyola Marymount University commit has played in eight AJGA events, half of which were top-10 finishes, and he captured his first AJGA win this week.

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Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior

Sara Im of Duluth, Georgia, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of 6-under-par 210 after carding only one bogey and one double bogey over 54 holes. Im was tied for second going into her second round after carding two birdies in a bogey-free round to finish 2-under-par 70. The 14-year-old had five birdies in her final round to claim the title with a 4-under-par 68 to make the lowest round of the tournament and to finish three strokes ahead of the field. Im has played in AJGA events since 2017, earning seven top-10 finishes and two wins this year, with a previous first place finish at the 2019 Taylormade Junior All-Star Championship. Matias La Grutta of (Argentina) Cary, North Carolina, won the Boys Division with a tournament total of 3-under-par 213. After carding a tournament total of 11 birdies, the 17-year-old started and finished the tournament with a first and final round of 2-under-par 70 to finish two strokes ahead of the field. The Clemson University commit has played in nine AJGA events since 2017, earning five top-10 finishes, a spot on the 2018 AJGA Scholastic Honor Roll, and his first AJGA win this week.

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Folds of Honor Junior Championship hosted by Bob Estes

Jake Holbrook of Granbury, Texas, won the Boys Division in a playoff to finish with a tournament total of even-par 216. After four birdies in his first round, the 19-year-old finished strong with an eagle on No. 18 to tie for fourth going into his second round. With five birdies in his final round, Holbrook carded a 2-under-par 70 to tie with Keaton Vo of Austin, Texas, leading them into a playoff where Holbrook claimed the title after the second playoff hole. The University of Oklahoma signee has played in AJGA events since 2016, earning six top-10 finishes, and his first AJGA win this week. Elina Sinz of Katy, Texas, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of 4-over-par 220 to earn her second AJGA win in the last two months. After carding five birdies in her second round, the 17-year-old finished with a 2-under-par 70 to climb from fourth to the top of the leaderboard heading into her final round. Sinz claimed the tournament title after finishing two strokes ahead of the field. The Auburn University commit has played in AJGA events since 2016, earning 15 top-10 finishes, 2017 AJGA Junior All-Star Team honors. Her other AJGA win came at the 2019 AJGA Junior Championship at the University Club.

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Junior Golf Hub Championship

Adam Xiao of Manhasset, New York, won the Boys Division with a tournament total of 6-under-par 210. The 18-year-old carded five birdies in his first round, finishing out with an eagle on No. 17 to tie for the lowest round of the tournament at 5-under-par 67, positioning him at the top of the leaderboard going into his second round. With just one bogey and four birdies in his final round, Xiao carded a 3-under-par 69 to shoot the lowest final round score. The Harvard University signee has played in AJGA events since 2014, earning nine top-10 finishes and a spot on the 2018 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-American Team. This is his first AJGA win. Charissa Shang of Calabasas, California, won the Girls Division in a playoff to finish with a tournament total of 2-under-par 214. After carding three straight birdies on Nos. 1-3 in her second round, the 15-year-old finished with a 3-under-par 69 to bump her up the leaderboard. With an even-par 72 to finish out her final round, Shang was tied for first with Alyssa Cong of Germantown, Maryland, leading them into a playoff where Shang claimed the title. Shang has played in AJGA events since 2017, earning seven top-10 finishes and a previous first place finish at the 2018 AJGA Reno/Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek.

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AJGA Junior All-Star at Quail Creek presented by City of Robinson

Ethan Gao of Alpharetta, Georgia, won the Boys Division with a tournament total of 2-under-par 211 to finish two strokes ahead of the field. With seven birdies in his second round, the 14-year-old carded a 6-under-par 65 to shoot the lowest round of the tournament by three strokes. Gao has played in three AJGA events starting this year, with a previous best finish at the 2019 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star where he placed T3, and his first AJGA win this week. Ruhee Pandit of San Diego, California, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of 4-over-par 217 to claim her first AJGA title. Starting off the tournament with two birdies, the 15-year-old shot an even-par 71 to position herself in second on the leaderboard. Going into her second round, Pandit mimicked another even-par 71 to secure her position in front of the field leading into her final round. Pandit has played in five AJGA events since 2017, with her previous best finish coming at the 2017 AJGA Preview at River Ridge (Ages 12-15) where she finished T9.