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Ralph Lauren #InspiredPerformances: March 11, 2020

Check out the latest #InspiredPerformances from AJGA members and alumni.

Lilas Pinthier of Suresnes, France, won the Copa S.M. La Reina after two rounds of stroke play and five rounds of match play. It was Pinthier’s incredible come-back win in the semifinals that propelled her to the final match. In the semifinals, her opponent was 2 up with three holes to play, but Pinthier came back to tie the match on No. 18 and would go on to win the match on the 19th hole to secure a spot in the finals. In a back-and-forth battle, Pinthier would go on to win the championship match 1 up. She is a verbal commit to the University of Arizona and played in the 2020 ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex.

Josele Ballester of Castellon, Spain, won the Copa S.M. El Rey after defeating Jannik De Bruyn in the championship match. Ballester cruised to 4 and 3 victories in both the quarterfinals and semifinals to lock in his place in the 36-hole championship match. The final match was close through the first 14 holes but Ballester’s sharp play left him with a 4-up lead after the first 18 holes. His lead helped him secure a 3 and 1 victory on the 35th hole. Ballester is a verbal commit to Arizona State University and he has one AJGA win at the 2018 Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy Junior All-Star.

Emily Hou of San Ramon, California, won the Women’s San Francisco City Championship at just 15 years old in her first time competing in the event. Hou defeated Leigh Chien 1 up in the semifinals and would move on to the 36-hole final match. She would close out the match on the 34th hole to win 3 and 2 over Andrea Gomez. Hou has played in AJGA events since 2018 with her best finish coming at the 2019 AJGA Junior at San Jose presented by Live View Golf where she finished third.

Hayden Hopewell of Perth, Australia, won the Men's Tasmanian Open Championship with a tournament total of 3-under-par 285. Hopewell carded a modest even-par 72 on the first day but came roaring back with a 6-under 66 in the second round. Another even-par 72 in the third round and a 3-over-par 75 in the final round were more than enough to earn him the victory by five strokes. Hopewell’s only AJGA event was the 2019 Thunderbird International Junior.