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Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances: January 15, 2020

Check out the latest #InspiredPerformances from AJGA members and alumni.
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Amanda Doherty of Atlanta, came from behind to claim the 2020 Women's South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship (The SALLY) for the second-consecutive year. The AJGA alumna opened the week with a solid round of 3-under-par 69 that left her just two strokes off the lead. The defending champion struggled in the second round however, posting a 3-over-par 75 to fall five shots back of the leader. That would prove to be her only over-par round of the week as Doherty battled back with consecutive rounds of 1-under-par 71 to secure a four-stroke victory at 2-under-par 286. As an AJGA junior, Doherty competed in 14 events, finishing second at both the 2016 AJGA Huntsville Junior and the 2015 Under ArmourĀ® / Scott Stallings Championship. She is currently a senior at Florida State University.

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Josele Ballester of Castellon, Spain, finished second at the 2020 Boy's Junior Orange Bowl Championship. Ballester stumbled out of the gate with a 3-over-par 74 in the first round, but he rebounded in the second round with a 1-under-par 70. An even-par 71 in round three left him six strokes back entering the final round. Ballester needed a low score to get back in contention, and that's exactly what he got. The Arizona State verbal commit matched the lowest round of the tournament with a 5-under-par 66 to finish the tournament at 3-under-par 281 and just one shot back of first place. Ballester won the 2018 Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy Junior All-Star and is No. 130 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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Lucie Malchirand of Carnoux, France, took second place in the Girl's Division of the Junior Orange Bowl Championship. The 2021 grad opened the tournament with an even-par 71 to grab a share of the first-round lead. Malchirand gave some shots back during the second and third rounds though, posting a 1-over-par 72 and 2-over-par 73, respectively. Facing an uphill climb, Malchirand rallied with a 2-under-par 69 in the final round to cut into the six-stroke deficit. The round was nearly enough to catch the leader, but ultimately, Malchirand finished two strokes back at 1-over-par 285. Malchirand is No. 26 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and finished T4 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

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Alexander Yang of Carlsbad, California, finished T13 in his first appearance at the Hong Kong Open, a field that included the likes of TOUR professionals Tony Finau and Shane Lowry. Yang posted a 1-under-par 69 in both the first and second rounds, though he was only just getting started. He fired his lowest round of the week in the third round with a 3-under-par 70. Yang closed out the week with a 2-under-par 68 to finish as the best-placed amateur at 7-under-par 273. Yang is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and No. 27 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. The Stanford verbal commit reached the semifinals of the 2019 Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National.