THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club
Scottsdale, Ariz. • May 28 - 31

Media Score SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Final results from the Thunderbird International Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Grayhawk Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7112. Rating: 74.4. Slope: 143
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6275. Rating: 76.7. Slope: 138

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Anthony Paolucci
2011
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 66-69-69--204
2 Denny McCarthy
2011
Burtonsville, Md. 71-69-67--207
T3 Patrick Cantlay
2010
Los Alamitos, Calif. 70-68-70--208
3 Gavin Hall
2013
Pittsford, N.Y. 73-67-68--208
T5 Franco Castro
2010
Alpharetta, Ga. 72-69-68--209
5 Justin Thomas
2011
Goshen, Ky. 70-67-72--209
7 Grayson Murray
2012
Raleigh, N.C. 75-72-64--211
T8 Cheng-Tsung Pan
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 76-69-68--213
8 Jordan Spieth
2011
Dallas, Texas 69-71-73--213
8 AJ McInerney
2012
Henderson, Nev. 70-73-70--213
T11 Jay Hwang
2011
San Diego, Calif. 70-73-71--214
11 Oliver Schniederjans
2011
Powder Springs, Ga. 69-74-71--214
11 Motin Yeung
2012
Orlando, Fla. 72-72-70--214
T14 Shun Yat Hak
2012
Lake Mary, Fla. 73-66-76--215
14 Wyndham Clark
2012
Greenwood Village, Colo. 73-71-71--215
14 Nicholas Reach
2011
Moscow, Pa. 74-69-72--215
14 Emiliano Grillo
2011
(Argentina) Bradenton, Fla. 75-70-70--215
14 Jeffrey Kang
2010
Fullerton, Calif. 74-69-72--215
14 Jim Liu
2013
Smithtown, N.Y. 71-72-72--215
20 Mathias Schjoelberg
2011
Baerum, Norway 70-73-73--216
T21 Matias Dominguez
2011
Santiago, Chile 72-72-73--217
21 Tom Lovelady
2011
Birmingham, Ala. 73-72-72--217
T23 Billy Kennerly
2011
Alpharetta, Ga. 75-74-69--218
23 Cameron  Smith
2010
Brisbane, Australia 70-72-76--218
T25 Andrew Levitt
2012
Ladera Ranch, Calif. 73-71-75--219
25 David Lee
2012
Houston, Texas 77-68-74--219
25 Tanner Kesterson
2011
Plano, Texas 71-71-77--219
28 Shugo Imahira
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 77-69-74--220
T29 Andrew Knox
2010
Cary, N.C. 77-72-72--221
29 Drew Czuchry
2010
Auburn, Ga. 77-73-71--221
T31 Marcel Puyat
2011
Indio, Calif. 75-74-73--222
31 Matthew Ceravolo
2011
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 72-76-74--222
T33 Cameron Wilson
2010
Rowayton, Conn. 69-77-77--223
33 Payne Denman
2010
Riverwatch, Tenn. 78-73-72--223
33 Oliver Carr
2011
Oxton, United Kingdom 76-71-76--223
36 Seb Crookall-Nixon
2012
Cockermouth, United Kingdom 78-73-73--224
37 Adam Strom
2013
Goteborg, Sweden 81-69-75--225
38 Zachary Herr
2013
New Hope, Pa. 75-77-74--226
39 Daniel Lee
2011
Valencia, Calif. 76-80-71--227
40 Preston Valder
2011
Yorba Linda, Calif. 74-77-77--228
41 M.J. Maguire
2011
St.Petersburg, Fla. 76-76-77--229
42 Zachary Olsen
2013
Cordova, Tenn. 75-76-79--230
43 Riku Saito
2011
Tokyo, Japan 78-79-75--232
44 Luis Ballesca
2012
Mexico City, Mexico 81-74-79--234
45 Kyle Lewis
2010
Shawnee, Okla. 81-79-76--236
46 Oscar Lengdén
2011
Rydebäck, Sweden 77-83-82--242
47 Ben Itterman
2010
Carlsbad, Calif. 86-84-80--250
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Jianfeng Ye
2010
ShenZhen, China
77-76-JWD
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 *Yueer Cindy Feng
2014
Orlando, Fla. 72-73-68--213
2 Laetitia Beck
2010
Caesarea, Israel 73-69-71--213
3 Rachel Morris
2010
Carlsbad, Calif. 71-71-72--214
4 Stephanie Meadow
2010
Jordanstown, Northern Ireland 72-73-70--215
5 Victoria Tanco
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 73-70-73--216
6 Alison Lee
2013
Valencia, Calif. 77-69-71--217
T7 Ani Gulugian
2010
Irvine, Calif. 75-71-72--218
7 Erynne Lee
2011
Silverdale, Wash. 74-72-72--218
T9 Kristen Park
2011
Buena Park, Calif. 72-74-73--219
9 Jessica Korda
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 75-72-72--219
11 Madelene Sagström
2011
Enköping, Sweden 76-74-70--220
12 Luz Alejandra Cangrejo
2010
Bogota, Colombia 74-72-75--221
13 Kelly Shon
2010
Port Washington, N.Y. 75-75-72--222
14 Karen Chung
2013
Livingston, N.J. 75-73-76--224
T15 Emma Talley
2012
Princeton, Ky. 79-73-73--225
15 Ashlan Ramsey
2013
Milledgeville, Ga. 72-75-78--225
17 Kyung Kim
2012
Chandler, Ariz. 74-76-76--226
18 Gabriela Lopez
2012
Mexico City, Mexico 77-71-80--228
T19 Marijosse Navarro
2014
San Antonio, Texas 77-75-77--229
19 Johanna Tillstrom
2011
Täby, Sweden 75-79-75--229
19 Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 81-73-75--229
19 Casey Grice
2010
College Station, Texas 78-77-74--229
23 Doris Chen
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 80-76-74--230
T24 Tiffany Lim
2011
San Jose, Calif. 79-76-76--231
24 Banchalee Theinthong
2010
Bangkok, Thailand 79-72-80--231
T26 Lindsey Weaver
2012
Scottsdale, Ariz. 78-78-78--234
26 Megumi Takahashi
2015
Nagano, Japan 81-74-79--234
26 Christina Mew
2010
Brisbane, Australia 77-73-84--234
29 Simin Feng
2013
Windermere, Fla. 86-85-103--274
-
Alex Stewart
2010
Peoria, Ariz.
73-75-JWD
  * Won via sudden-death playoff
 

Cindy Feng Prevails in Playoff for Second Straight Victory at Thunderbird International Junior
Paolucci completes wire-to-wire victory for first AJGA win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., became the first player to successfully defend her title at the Thunderbird International Junior by defeating Laetitia Beck of Caesarea, Israel, in a four-hole sudden-death playoff Monday afternoon. Anthony Paolucci of Del Mar, Calif., posted a 12-under-par total and claimed a three-shot victory for his first AJGA title.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 11th annual Thunderbird International Junior was a 54-hole stroke play event played at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course. The 78-player field featured 48 boys and 30 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and 15 countries. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 7,112 yards while the Girls Division played at 6,275 yards.

For Feng, her third Invitational victory was anything but easy. Playing in the group ahead of Beck, Feng was 6-under-par on the day and built a two-shot cushion with one hole to play. An errant tee shot on No. 18 forced her to take an unplayable lie, and after taking her drop, her third shot found another bush in the desert.

Feng took a second unplayable lie, and when she found the green with her sixth shot, she had to make a six-foot putt for double-bogey and to force Beck to make birdie to win.

“I just got the news that I was up two, so I thought ‘It's not over yet,'” Feng said. “I was just trying my best to play for bogey or par, but after the first drop I went into another unplayable lie, so I was just looking for double-bogey really,” Feng said.

Fifteen minutes after Feng posted her 3-under-par total, Beck narrowly missed a birdie putt that would have secured the victory in her final AJGA event. Her ensuing par sent the Girls Division to a playoff for the second straight year.

In the playoff, each player had makeable birdie putts that would have ended the match on Nos. 11 or 12, but pars sent the duel to the par-3 13th hole. Feng hit her tee shot to 10 feet, and after Beck failed to save par from the greenside bunker, Feng two-putted her way to her ninth AJGA title.

“It was my first Invitational win last year and it's definitely an honor to be able to win it again this year,” said Feng, who is ranked No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif., finished third at 2-under-par after she missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have put her in the playoff. Stephanie Meadow of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, finished fourth at 1-under-par, while two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year Victoria Tanco of Buenos Aires, Argentina, finished fifth at even-par.

In the Boys Division, Paolucci's wire-to-wire victory wasn't without a bit of trepidation. When Paolucci made bogeys on Nos. 4 and 6, Denny McCarthy of Burtonsville, Md., took a brief one-shot lead. When he responded with an eagle on No. 7 and a birdie on No. 8, Paolucci regained his edge and never looked back.

“I've been in a similar position before going into the last round and won a couple and lost a couple, and I hadn't won an AJGA event before, so I wanted to get that monkey off my back,” said Paolucci, who notched three birdies and an eagle in his final-round 69. “I really wanted to win one before I got too old and I'm glad it happened today.”

Paolucci's 12-under-par total was the third-lowest winning score in tournament history, and he was the only player in 2010 to record three rounds in the 60s.

“I played last year and the scores were really low, so I knew it could be done,” Paolucci said. “I just wanted to give myself a chance to win today — that was my main goal.”

McCarthy finished three shots back at 9-under-par, while Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos, Calif., and Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., tied for third at 8-under-par. Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., and Franco Castro of Alpharetta, Ga., finished fifth at 7-under-par.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

As in the past, Callaway Golf lends its support to the event. Other major sponsors are the Thunderbirds, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Charitable Fund, Grayhawk Golf Club and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

For more information about the Thunderbird International Junior, please contact AJGA Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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1. Scott Scheffler
Dallas, TX
2. Andy Zhang
Reunion, FL
3. Austen Truslow
New Smyrna Beach, FL
4. Austin Connelly
Irving, TX
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Hermosa Beach, CA
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Rockland, MA
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Diamond Bar, CA
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McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends
Boys
Total
1
Harrison Ott
213
T
2
Michael Abrahamson
216
T
2
Patrick Flavin
216
Girls
Total
1
Sienna Chapman
222
2
Kesaree Rojanapeansatith
226
T
3
Bing Singhsumalee
227
T
3
Dana Gattone
227
Will Claxton Junior presented by TestDrive.com
Boys
Total
1
Ben Fuller
216
2
Reese Ramsey
219
T
3
Michael Brown
220
T
3
Matt Liddon
220
Girls
Total
1
Kayley Marschke
218
2
Michaela Owen
227
3
Athena Yang
228
Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open
Boys
Total
1
Sutherland Stith
207
2
Mason Greenberg
208
3
Riley Casey
209
Girls
Total
1
Cheyenne Knight
212
2
Hillary Hernandez
219
3
Evelyn Arguelles
221
AJGA Annapolis Junior
Boys
Total
1
John Pak
214
T
2
Bennett Buch
216
T
2
Kyle Berkshire
216
T
2
Charles Musto
216
Girls
Total
1
Julia Calbi
217
2
Nikolette Schroeder
219
3
Jiayu Kong
221
AJGA Junior at Mayacama
Boys
Total
1
*Eddy Lai
214
2
Isaiah Salinda
214
3
Jack Ireland
219
Girls
Total
1
Marianne Li
217
2
Beth Lillie
219
3
Kathleen Scavo
220
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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