Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances

Polo Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances: July 24, 2019

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Preston Summerhays of Scottsdale, Arizona, won the U.S. Junior Amateur after winning the final match 2 and 1 against Bo Jin of People’s Republic of China. Summerhays started the tournament off strong, ending the first round of match play against Takafumi Shimoji of Japan, at 4 and 2 on the 16th hole. After winning 1 up in his second and third round matches against Michael Brennan of Leesburg, Virginia, and Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, North Carolina, the 17-year-old secured his place in the quarterfinals. After being tied through six holes of the quarterfinals, Austin Greaser of Vandalia, Ohio, stole the lead for five holes until Summerhays made his comeback on No. 12, working his way up to end the match at 2 up. With a promising back nine in the semifinals, Summerhays ended the match against Joseph Pagdin of England, defeating him 4 and 3 on No. 15, earning his spot in the championship match. Playing a back and forth battle on the front nine against Jin, Summerhayes took over the lead on the back nine, eventually defeating Jin 2-up, and claiming the title. Summerhays has played in two AJGA events and his best finish came at the 2019 Ping Heather Farr Classic where he finished seventh.

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Yuka Saso of Manila, Philippines, won the 2019 Girls Junior PGA Championship after carding a tournament total of 14-under-par 266. Saso shot a 5-under-par 65 to match the lowest first round score, positioning her tied for first going into her second round. With a 2-under-par 68 in the second round and a 4-under-par 66 in her third, the 18-year-old trailed Rose Zhang of Irvine, California, by one stroke entering the final round. Making a birdie on No. 10 of her final round to reach 11-under, Saso took possession of the lead, finishing the final round at 3-under-par 67 to secure the title by two strokes. Saso has played in five AJGA events, all of which were top-10 finishes. She has a win at the 2018 Thunderbird International Junior and is No. 5 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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Carson Kim of Fullerton, California, won the Toyota Tour Cup at Industry Hills after carding a tournament total of 7-under-par 137. Starting the tournament off strong with a birdie on No. 1 of his first round, Kim carded five more birdies to position himself in second on the leaderboard with a 3-under-par 69. With four birdies on the front nine of his final round, the 14-year-old carded a 3-under-par 33, leading to a 4-under-par 68 finish where he claimed the title by two strokes. Kim has played in six AJGA events, earning three top-10 finishes with his best finish coming at the 2018 AJGA Preview at River Ridge (Ages 12-15) where he finished was co-medalist.

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Natachanok Tunwannarux of Bangkok, Thailand, won the IJGA World Stars Junior Championship. With a 5-under-par 31 in a bogey-free back nine, Tunwannarux carded five birdies to make a 4-under-par 68 in her first round, taking the lead by two strokes. With five birdies in her second-round, including four straight birdies on Nos. 12-15 and an eagle on No. 7, the 14-year-old carded a 3-under-par 69. Tunwannarux mimicked her second round 69 finish in her final round with another eagle on No. 13 to card a tournament total of 10-under-par 206, taking the title by four strokes. Tunwannarux has played in five AJGA events, earning four top-10 finishes, and a win at the 2018 Foley Performance Academy @ EaglesDream Junior All-Star.