Karl Vilips of (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Florida, won the 25th Annual Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational in impressive fashion last week. Vilips shot the two lowest scores by anyone in the tournament with a bogey-free first round of 8-under-par 63 that included six birdies and an eagle and a 7-under-par 64 to close out the tournament. In another striking feat, he recorded just two bogeys during the tournament and would go on to win by seven strokes with a tournament total of 15-under-par 127. The Stanford University verbal commit has finished in the top-10 in five out of the six AJGA events he has played in this season and he is currently No. 2 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Meagan Winans of Richardson, Texas, took home the Girls Division title at the Texas Golf Association’s James A. Ragan Memorial but it didn’t come easy. She would head into the final round four shots off the lead after a first-round 2-over-par 71. In a stellar bogey-free final round, Winans overcame the deficit to win by two strokes and card a tournament total of 2-under-par 140. Her score of 4-under-par 67 in the final round was the lowest round by any girl in the tournament. Winans is a verbal commit to the University of Oklahoma and has three top-5 finishes in her three years of playing in AJGA tournaments.
Andrew Tan of Austin, Texas, played two consistent rounds of golf to win the Boys Division of the James A. Ragan Memorial. Tan began the tournament with a 3-under-par 68 that would leave him one stroke back. He followed his first round with another 3-under-par 68 in the final round that included six birdies and an eagle to earn him the win by five strokes. The 15-year-old Tan has played in two AJGA events and his best finish was T8 at the 2019 AJGA preview at Fair Oaks Ranch.
Cari Denson of Hankamer, Texas, won the Girls Division at the Bay Forest Junior Championship after mounting a five-stroke comeback. Denson’s first round of 5-over-par 77 left her five shots back going into the final round, but the deficit did not stop her. She came back with a 1-under-par 71 that included five birdies in the final round to win by one. Denson has played in two AJGA events and is a verbal commit to Sam Houston State University.