Champions Report

Champions Report: July 30

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

Brian Ma of Milpitas, California, won the AJGA Junior at Palo Alto with a tournament total of 14-under-par 202. Ma fired a bogey-free, second-round that secured his place at the top going into the final round. The 18-year-old carded 12 birdies and three eagles throughout the three-round tournament to finish one stroke ahead of the field. The Harvard University commit has competed in 21 AJGA events, 12 of which were top-10 finishes. Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Saratoga, California, won the Girls Division in a playoff, ending the tournament at even-par 216. The 15-year-old posted 11 birdies throughout the tournament along with a bogey-free front nine in the second round that included an eagle on the third hole. She was the only girl in the field to shoot under 70 in a round. Zhang-Murphy has participated in 24 AJGA events, with a previous first place finish at the 2017 AJGA Junior All-Star at Talbot supported by The Frana Family. She is currently T95 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open

Taylor Kehoe of Strathroy, Ontario, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of 8-under-par 208. Kehoe started the first round strong with a bogey-free front nine and six birdies. However, it wasn’t until the second round that Kehoe pulled away with the lead. The 15-year-old remained under par in both the second and final round to finish five strokes ahead of the field. Kehoe has competed in 19 AJGA events with a previous first place finish at the 2017 Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star. She is currently No. 56 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Ali Khan of Westerville, Ohio, won the AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open by two strokes to secure his first AJGA win. Khan entered the second round T5, but fired a 3-under-par 69 that included four birdies and a bogey free back nine to erase a four stroke deficit. The 17-year-old continued his momentum into the final round with another 69 to finish with a tournament total of 6-under-par 210. Khan has played in 17 AJGA events with a previous top-10 finish at the 2019 Randy Wise Junior Open where he placed T7.

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UHY St. Louis Junior

Jackson Koivun of San Jose, California, won the Boys Division with a tournament total of 2-under-par 211. Koivun entered the final round T3 but finished on top after carding a low 3-under-par 68 for the round. The 14-year-old posted a total of seven birdies and a bogey-free front nine in both the second and final round to finish one stroke ahead of the field. The Californian has participated in six AJGA events, this being his first AJGA win. Chloe Johnson of Evansville, Indiana, won her second AJGA tournament this year at the UHY St. Louis Junior. The 15-year-old finished the first round T3, yet gained the lead in the second round after carding three birdies to finish the day with an even-par 71. She maintained her lead throughout the final round to finish two strokes ahead of the field. Johnson has played in nine AJGA events with a previous first-place finish at the 2019 AJGA Junior All-Star presented by Explore York.

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Lockton Kansas City Junior presented by UHY

Gunnar Broin of Chanhassen, Minnesota, won the Lockton Kansas City Junior Presented by UHY with a tournament total of 6-under-par 210. Broin finished the first round tied for first after carding six birdies and an eagle on No. 18 to finish at 4-under-par 68. After dropping to second place in the second round, Broin fired back in the final round with a 3-under-par 69 to regain first place, finishing two strokes ahead of the field. The 17-year-old has competed in 16 AJGA events with a previous first place finish at the 2017 AJGA Junior All-Star at Calumet. Leigh Chien of Irvine, California, won the Girls Division by 10 strokes to secure her second AJGA win. The 13-year-old held the lead throughout all three rounds, carding a total of 13 birdies. She was the only girl to shoot under par in the tournament. Chien has participated in 12 AJGA events with a previous first place finish at the 2019 KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational. She is currently No. 72 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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AJGA Junior at Naples

Nick Gabrelcik of Trinity, Florida, won his first AJGA tournament at the AJGA Junior at Naples. Gabrelcik displayed an impressive golf game carding only one bogey throughout all three rounds. The 17-year-old posted 12 birdies throughout the three rounds to finish six strokes ahead of the field and end with a tournament total of 11-under-par 202. The University of North Florida commit has competed in four AJGA events. Andie Smith of Hobe Sound, Florida, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of 3-under-par 210. In the first round Smith carded seven birdies to finish the day in the lead with a 4-under-par 67. However, it wasn’t until the final round that her place at the top was finally secured. Smith entered the final round tied for the lead, but pulled away with after posting a 1-under-par 70 to finish five strokes ahead of the field. The Duke University commit has competed in seven AJGA events with a previous first-place finish at the 2018 AJGA Preview at The Seagate (Ages 12-15).

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AJGA Junior at Chicopee presented by John D. Mineck Foundation

Jolo Timothy Magcalayo of Sta. Rosa, Philippines, won his second AJGA event at the AJGA Junior at Chicopee presented by John D. Mineck Foundation. Magcalayo remained in second place by one stroke through the first two rounds. However, he saved his best round for last firing five birdies to finish with a 4-under-par 71, three strokes ahead of the field and with a tournament total of 9-under-par 204. The 16-year-old has played in nine AJGA events with a previous first place finish at the 2018 AJGA Preview at Waubeeka. He is currently No. 89 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Jennifer Clearly of Wilmington, Delaware, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of 4-under-par 209. Cleary started off strong with a bogey-free front nine to finish with a 4-under-par 67 that left her in first place going into the second round. The University of Virginia commit was able to hold her lead through the final round, carding a total of 12 birdies to finish eight strokes ahead of the field. She was the only golfer in the field to finish under par. The 17-year-old has competed in 20 AJGA events with a previous first-place finish at the 2019 Steward Cink Championship by Transamerica. She is currently No. 66 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.