Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances

Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances: August 28, 2019

Check out the latest #InspiredPerformances from AJGA members.

Gihoe Seo of Mercer Island, Washington, won the 64th Pacific Northwest Junior Girls’ Amateur in impressive fashion. The 16-year-old shot a 14-over-par 158 in the stroke-play portion to earn the 12 seed heading into match play. After winning in 19 holes in the semifinals, Seo headed to the championship match. In the final, she went 1-up after the third hole and kept going eventually winning the match 13&12. Seo has played in seven AJGA events with her best finish coming at the 2018 Kyle Stanley Championship by Transamerica where she finished second.

James Imai of Brookline, Massachusetts, won the 101st Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship, making Massachusetts Golf history in the process. Imai was the No. 2 seed in match play thanks to his 1-under-par 143 in the stroke-play portion. He would go on to win the championship match 1-up and secure back-to-back wins and his third Mass Junior victory which had never been done before. The 18-year-old will start his collegiate golf career as a freshman at Northwestern University this fall. Imai was a member of the 2018 AJGA Scholastic Honor Roll and had five top-10 finishes in his AJGA career.

Kelly Zhao of (Canada) Toronto, Ontario, led wire-to-wire to win the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls Championship by five strokes. Zhao’s first-round 2-under-par 70 gave her the early lead in the tournament and a 1-under-par 71 in the second round gave her a three-stroke lead going into the final round. She would finish the tournament at 1-under-par 215 to earn the win. The 13-year-old has played in one AJGA event, the 2019 UHY Detroit Junior at Forest Lake, where she finished 23rd.

Ellis Kinnaird of (Canada) Carleton Place, Ontario, took the title in the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys Championship. Kinnaird started the tournament with a 1-over-par 73 that left him four shots off the lead. Entering the final round, he hadn’t made up much ground and was still three strokes behind the leaders. That didn’t stop Kinnaird from carding the lowest score of the final round with a 3-under-par 69 to earn him the victory by two strokes with a tournament total of 2-under-par 214. The 15-year-old has played in two AJGA events with his best finishing coming at the 2019 Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star where he finished T7.