Champions Report

Champions Report: June 7

A look at your most recent champions from the past week of AJGA events.
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Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by James Hardie

David Ford of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, won the Boys Division with a tournament total of 9-under-par 207. The 16-year-old carded 13 birdies total and finished out his bogey-free final round on top with a low score of 4-under-par 68. This was Ford’s second AJGA win, his first earned in 2018 at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Butte Creek. Erika Smith of Orlando, Florida, earned her second AJGA win after claiming the Girls Division title this week. With an eagle on No. 16 and a birdie on No. 17, Smith emerged on top of the leaderboard with a 2-under-par 214 to finish out her final round. The University of South Florida commit has played in AJGA events since 2015, earning eight top-five finishes, with her best finish coming in first at the 2018 TeensGiv.org Girls Junior Championship along with this week’s win. She was also a 2018 Rolex Junior All-American.

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Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star

Luke Coyle of Campbellsville, Kentucky, earned his first AJGA win, finishing at two strokes ahead of the field to win the Boys Division. The 14-year-old’s bogey free, low second-round of 6-under-par 65 helped him secure the title. With 16 birdies total, Coyle emerged on top with an 11-under-par 202. Preceding his first win, Coyle has played in six AJGA events since 2018. Ava Merrill of Johns Creek, Georgia, won the Girls Division with a tournament total of 9-under-par 204. Merrill’s first two low rounds of both a 4-under-par 67 helped her secure the title. Staying under par throughout the tournament, the 14-year-old carded 15 birdies total. Merrill has played in four AJGA events since 2018, half of which were top-10 finishes.

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AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior

Jack Hughes of Snowmass Village, Colorado, won his first AJGA event carding a tournament total of 4-under-par 212 for the Boys Division. Hughes started the tournament off strong with two straight eagles on Nos. 5 and 6 to earn a low round of 5-under-par 67. The University of Colorado verbal commit has played in 10 AJGA events, earning three top-10 finishes since 2016. Megan Propeck of Leawood, Kansas, won the Girls Division carding a tournament total of 3-under-par 213. Propeck started the tournament off strong with seven birdies to shoot the lowest round of the tournament by four strokes, with a 6-under-par 66. The 16-year-old has played in 16 AJGA events since 2016, and this is her first win.

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AJGA Junior Championship at The University Club

Hanseung Chang of Cedar Park, Texas, won the Boys Division, carding a tournament total of 6-under-par 138. With 10 birdies over the two rounds, Chang secured the title with an eagle on No. 17 to finish out his final round. The 17-year-old has played in 16 AJGA events since 2015, and this is his first win. Elina Sinz of Katy, Texas, emerged on top with a 6-under-par 138 to win the Girls Division. With 12 birdies total and an eagle in the final round on No. 4, the 17-year-old finished five strokes ahead of the playing field to end the tournament. The Auburn University verbal commit has played in AJGA events since 2015, earning 14 top-10 finishes, and was a member of the 2017 AJGA Junior All-Star Team.

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AJGA Lake Las Vegas Junior hosted by Danielle Kang

Mason Greene of Tustin, California, won the Boys Division, carding a tournament total of 9-under-par 207. Greene started off the tournament strong with an eagle on No. 9, and three birdies for a first-round score of 2-under-par 70. The 18-year-old carded seven birdies in a bogey free round, launching him to the top of the leaderboard. The University of California, Los Angeles commit has played in 12 AJGA events, earning his first win this weekend. Fiona Xu of Mount Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand, earned her first AJGA win, carding a tournament total of 10-under-par 206 for the Girls Division. Xu shot 14 birdies and an eagle on No. 12 in the tournament to secure the title. The 14-year-old has played in three AJGA events since 2018, earning a second-place finish at the 2018 AJGA Junior All-Star at Wood Ranch.

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The Memorial Junior hosted by Sung Hyun Park

Macy Fox of Austin, Texas, earned her third AJGA win, finishing eight strokes ahead of the leaderboard for the Girls Division. With an eagle on No. 18 on her final round, Fox shot the lowest round of the tournament with a 1-under-par 70 to secure the title. The University of Texas at Austin verbal commit has played in 25 AJGA events since 2014, earning 10 top-10 finishes overall. Palmer Jackson of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, earned his first AJGA win, carding a tournament total of 2-over-par 215 for the Boys Division. With nine birdies overall, the 18-year-old secured the title with a 1-under-par 70 in his final round. The University of Notre Dame commit has played in nine AJGA events since 2016, earning six top-10 finishes.