Shim Sweeps Last Two Rounds 14-under-par
Kay wins first AJGA event
ROME, Ga. — Andy Shim of Duluth, Ga., shot a low final round of 5-under-par 66 to finish the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic with a total of 14-under-par 199. Marissa Kay, of Delray Beach, Fla., shot an even-par 213, for a four-stroke victory in the Girls Division.
The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga. The tournament field consisted of 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from ten states, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico. The Boys Division played the par-71 course at 6,823 yards and the Girls Division played at 6,030 yards.
Shim has not won an AJGA event since 2010 at the AJGA National Qualifier - Ringgold, and hopes to continue the winning streak. He had six birdies during the final round, four coming on the front nine.
“I putted really great,” Shim said. “My putting was not as good last year, but I worked on it over the winter and my putts got much better.”
Ethan Wagner of Port Orange, Fla. finished the tournament in second place with a total of 7-under-par 206. Greyson Sigg of Augusta, Ga. scored a 6-under-par 207 for a third place finish. Max Greyserman of Boca Raton, Fla., Austin Padova of Hudson, Fla., and Arjuna Anday of Murfreesboro, Tenn. tied for fourth with a score of 4-under-par 209.
Kay won her first AJGA tournament with a total of 13 pars and three birdies in the final round. Kay posted two of the three birdies on the back nine. She said her best hole was on the par-4 No. 18 where she hit the ball a foot from the hole before closing the tournament with a birdie for the win.
“I didn't know how anyone else was doing,” Kay said. “I felt like I had a good chance of winning and I played the best I could, so I have to be happy with that.”
Tied for second were Sarah Harris of Hermitage, Tenn., Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Chelsey Couch of Ware Shoals, S.C. The girls finished with a three day total of 4-over-par 217.
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