Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances

Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances: February 21, 2019


Junia Louise Gabasa of Mandaue City, Philippines, won the W Express RVF Cup Amateur Golf Championship organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines. Gabasa’s first-round 3-over-par 75 gave her a share of the lead. The 17-year-old kept her share of the lead after shooting even-par 72 in the second round. Gabasa took the solo lead after day three by two strokes after a 3-over-par 75. In the final round, she would par her final hole to win by one stroke at a tournament-total 8-over-par 296. Gabasa is No. 211 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and recently finished T3 at the 2018 Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship. This was her best finish in an AJGA event and her third top-5 finish.


Brian Xu of (Canada) San Diego, California, won the Toyota Tour Cup at Oak Valley in wire-to-wire fashion by one stroke, finishing with a tournament total of 3-over-par 147. Xu used five birdies during the first round to shoot a 2-over-par 74 and take the lead. He would close out the tournament with a 1-over-par 73 that included three birdies to win. The 16-year-old has played in two AJGA events, both in 2018, with his best finish coming at the AJGA Preview at River Ridge (Ages 12-15) where he finished T3.


Alma Garcia of Oaxaca, Mexico, won the XII Copa Yucatan 2019 presented by AVIS. The high school senior shot a first-round 3-over-par 75 that left her three strokes off the lead. She improved on her first round with a 2-over-par 74 in the second round that kept her near the top of the leaderboard. The field only played nine holes during the final round and Garcia would shoot a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine with two birdies to clinch her victory by one stroke. Garcia has signed a National Letter of Intent with Alabama State University and has played in five AJGA events since 2017.


Ryan Smith of Carlsbad, California, shot three consecutive rounds under par to capture the title at the 11th Annual FCG Skytrak Western States WS Cup. Smith tallied seven birdies, including a bogey-free back nine, during his first-round 4-under-par 68. He continued his great play with a 2-under-par 70 in the second round. Smith had five birdies during the final round but a bogey, his only one during the final round, on No. 18 put him into a playoff with Biwer. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill verbal commit would go on to win the playoff over Biwer. Smith is currently No. 129 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and has played in AJGA events since 2015 with his best finish coming at the 2017 Rolex Tournament of Champions where he finished T5.