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Champions Report: June 24, 2021

A look at your most recent champions from last weekend's AJGA events.
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Amanda Sambach of Charlotte, North Carolina, won the 30th Rolex Girls Junior Championship at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. The University of Virginia commit shot rounds of 70-70-74-71 for a tournament total of 3-under-par 285. She held off the 2019 Rolex Girls Junior Championship champion Alexa Pano by two shots to claim her second AJGA Invitational title. Sambach now sits at No. 7 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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Maxwell Ford of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, won the Wyndham Invitational presented by Truist at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ford shot rounds of 70-68-69-66 to help him claim his first AJGA tournament victory since 2018. With a tournament total of 7-under-par 273, the University of Georgia commit finished five strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Ford's twin brother and UNC signee, David, won the 2020 AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield. This is the first time in AJGA history that two male siblings have won the same event in back-to-back years. Ford is now No. 5 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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At the Se Ri Pak Desert Junior, Rianne Malixi of (Philippines) San Bernardino, California, claimed her first AJGA tournament victory in the Girls Division in her first career AJGA start. Malixi shot rounds of 67-69-72 for a tournament total of 8-under-par 208. She won wire-to-wire with the help of 14 birdies total over the weekend.

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In the Boys Division, Taewoo Yu of (South Korea) Murrieta, California, claimed his second AJGA title. Yu was the only player in the Boys Division to shoot all three rounds under par and was leader or co-leader after each round. He shot 68-71-71 for a tournament total of 6-under-par 210.

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Mackenzie Lee of North Little Rock, Arkansas, won the St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs at The Bluffs Golf & Sports Resort in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Lee shot a tournament total of 4-under-par 209 to claim her fifth AJGA tournament victory. Her last victory came just a few weeks ago at the 2021 Westrock Coffee Junior Championship. The Southern Methodist University verbal commit carded three eagles on the tournament and was the only player in the Girls Division to finish the tournament under par. Lee now sits at No. 13 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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Eston Duff of Pflugerville, Texas, won the Boys division to claim his first AJGA tournament victory. Duff shot a tournament total of 3-under-par 210 and was the wire-to-wire champion. He had 14 total birdies on the tournament. The rising junior's best previous finish at an AJGA tournament was T7 at the 2021 AJGA Preview at College Station.

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At the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior, Lauren Kim of (Canada) Surrey, British Columbia, won the Girls Division by 12 strokes. This was Kim's first AJGA tournament start in two years and her second career AJGA victory. With the help of 20 birdies, Kim was the only player in the Girls Division to finish under par with a tournament total of 9-under-par 207. She also earned low final round honors with a score of 4-under-par 68.

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In the Boys Division, Owen Cornmesser of Fort Collins, Colorado, won in a three-player five-hole sudden death playoff to claim his first AJGA title. The Colorado School of Mines commit shot rounds of 69-74-71 for a tournament total of 2-under-par 214. He also carded 15 birdies total on the weekend.

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Iris Cao of Duluth, Georgia, won the Girls Division of the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior presented by Encova Insurance with a tournament total of 4-over-par 214. Cao eagled the par 5 hole No. 1 in a sudden-death playoff to claim her first AJGA tournament victory. Her four birdies during the final round helped her shoot a 2-under-par 68 on the last day of play, which was good for the low Girls Division final round. Cao now sits at No. 123 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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McKean Collins of Lexington, Kentucky, won the Boys Division for his first career AJGA win. Collins shot rounds of 70-66-73 for a tournament total of 1-under-par 209. He had 12 birdies total during the tournament, including six in the first round. This was Collin's ninth top-10 junior golf finish.