THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course
Scottsdale, Ariz. • May 27 - 30

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 Brad Dalke
2016
Hobart, Okla. 73-68-70--211
T2 Billy Kennerly
2011
Alpharetta, Ga. 71-68-73--212
2 Jake Higginbottom
2011
Charlestown, Australia 73-67-72--212
T4 AJ McInerney
2012
Henderson, Nev. 71-71-71--213
4 Yi Keun Chang
2012
Walnut, Calif. 72-69-72--213
4 Motin Yeung
2012
Orlando, Fla. 72-70-71--213
7 Zachary Olsen
2013
Cordova, Tenn. 74-68-72--214
T8 Marcel Puyat
2011
Indio, Calif. 67-75-73--215
8 Wyndham Clark
2012
Greenwood Village, Colo. 75-71-69--215
8 Grayson Murray
2012
Raleigh, N.C. 69-74-72--215
T11 Gavin Hall
2013
Pittsford, N.Y. 73-71-73--217
11 Jonathan Garrick
2012
Atherton, Calif. 72-71-74--217
11 Kristoffer Ventura
2014
Rygge, Norway 71-74-72--217
T14 Toby Tree
2012
Horsham, United Kingdom 72-72-74--218
14 Michael Kim
2011
Del Mar, Calif. 74-72-72--218
16 Matt Pinizzotto
2011
Salinas, Calif. 75-73-71--219
T17 Jim Liu
2013
Smithtown, N.Y. 71-73-76--220
17 Beau Hossler
2013
Mission Viejo, Calif. 74-73-73--220
19 Jay Hwang
2011
San Diego, Calif. 69-71-81--221
T20 Taylor Moore
2012
Edmond, Okla. 80-68-74--222
20 David Lee
2012
Houston, Texas 74-73-75--222
T22 Charles Edler
2011
Fair Haven, N.J. 72-73-78--223
22 Sawyer Shaw
2014
West Palm Beach, Fla. 73-71-79--223
22 Patrick Sanchez
2012
Mazatlan, Mexico 75-74-74--223
25 Tolver Dozier
2011
Dothan, Ala. 78-76-70--224
T26 Joseph Winslow
2011
Overland Park, Kan. 74-78-73--225
26 Scott Scheffler
2014
Dallas, Texas 80-70-75--225
T28 Matthew NeSmith
2012
North Augusta, S.C. 76-75-75--226
28 Julian Lerda
2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina 76-75-75--226
T30 Chad Cox
2012
Charlotte, N.C. 74-71-82--227
30 Jonah Texeira
2014
Porter Ranch, Calif. 78-75-74--227
30 Shun Yat Hak
2012
Lake Mary, Fla. 80-75-72--227
30 Nicolo Galletti
2013
Phoenix, Ariz. 71-80-76--227
30 Zachary Wright
2012
Phoenix, Ariz. 80-72-75--227
30 Nicholas Scott
2011
Union, Ohio 78-75-74--227
30 Tobias Edén
2014
Karlstad, Sweden 77-74-76--227
30 Jonathan Sanders
2012
Chatsworth, Calif. 76-75-76--227
30 Byron Meth
2011
San Diego, Calif. 72-76-79--227
T39 Stephen Behr, Jr.
2011
Florence, S.C. 77-77-74--228
39 Brendan Connolly
2011
Castle Rock, Colo. 75-78-75--228
39 Adam Strom
2013
Goteborg, Sweden 74-74-80--228
T42 Max Orrin
2012
Kent, United Kingdom 75-75-79--229
42 Jose Vega
2012
(Colombia) Miami, Fla. 76-78-75--229
42 Joshua Lee
2013
Orange Park, Fla. 83-70-76--229
45 Jimmy Beck
2011
Columbus, Ga. 77-72-81--230
46 Trey Valentine
2011
Melbourne, Fla. 78-78-85--241
47 Shuichi Kan
2014
Tomisato, Japan 89-75-83--247
48 Oddvar Hjellegjerde
2014
Nesoya, Norway 81-80-89--250
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Karen Chung
2013
Livingston, N.J. 68-70-71--209
2 Simin Feng
2013
Windermere, Fla. 68-73-74--215
3 Ashlan Ramsey
2013
Milledgeville, Ga. 70-72-74--216
4 Kyung Kim
2012
Chandler, Ariz. 75-72-71--218
T5 Victoria Tanco
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 70-76-73--219
5 Lindsey Weaver
2012
Scottsdale, Ariz. 78-72-69--219
5 Alison Lee
2013
Valencia, Calif. 74-73-72--219
T8 Ariya Jutanugarn
2014
Bangkok, Thailand 73-73-74--220
8 Moriya Jutanugarn
2013
Bangkok, Thailand 75-72-73--220
8 Jaye Marie Green
2012
Boca Raton, Fla. 75-71-74--220
11 Minjee Lee
2013
Perth, Australia 72-73-76--221
T12 Kendall Prince
2011
Lake Oswego, Ore. 70-78-74--222
12 Irina Paulin Gabasa
2011
Cebu, Philippines 78-73-71--222
14 Céline Boutier
2012
Montrouge, France 76-72-75--223
T15 Yu Liu
2013
Beijing, China 77-75-72--224
15 Shannon Aubert
2014
Champions Gate, Fla. 74-74-76--224
15 Tiffany Lim
2011
San Jose, Calif. 75-77-72--224
18 Gabriella Then
2013
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 78-71-76--225
19 Doris Chen
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 74-75-77--226
20 Esther Lee
2013
Norwalk, Calif. 77-72-79--228
21 Jessica Vasilic
2013
Anaheim Hills, Calif. 77-78-76--231
22 Maria Toennessen
2013
Grimstad, Norway 81-76-76--233
T23 Jenny Haglund
2012
Karlstad, Sweden 84-75-76--235
23 Gabriela Lopez
2012
Mexico City, Mexico 86-76-73--235
25 Kristen Park
2011
Buena Park, Calif. 81-78-78--237
26 Yueer Cindy Feng
2014
Orlando, Fla. 81-82-76--239
27 Emma Nilsson
2013
Yngsjoe, Sweden 81-76-83--240
28 Rima Yuki
2014
Osaka, Japan 83-79-80--242
29 Amy Lee
2015
Brea, Calif. 87-79-83--249
30 Christina Foster
2014
Concord, Ontario 82-83-88--253
 

Dalke becomes youngest boys AJGA Invitational champion, claims victory at Thunderbird International Junior
Chung pulls away from field, wins by six at Grayhawk Golf Club

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After a bold second shot on the par-5 18th hole went awry, Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas, sunk a 20-foot par putt that kept him at 5-under-par and gave him his first AJGA victory Monday at the Thunderbird International Junior. With the win, Dalke becomes the AJGA's youngest boys Invitational champion at the age of 13 years, 9 months and 11 days, and the third-youngest boys champion in AJGA history.

In the Girls Division, Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., posted the second-lowest 54-hole total in tournament history and won by six shots at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 12th 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 17 states and 16 countries. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 7,112 yards and the Girls Division played at 6,275 yards.

Dalke prevailed over second-round leader Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, Ga., and Jake Higginbottom of Charlestown, Australia, in a heated back-nine battle.

Playing in the group ahead of Kennerly and Higginbottom, Dalke led by one and had 193 yards from the fairway bunker on the 18th hole. The bravely struck 4-iron found the water hazard short of the green, which meant Dalke had to get up-and-down to save par and post 5-under-par.

“I've been hitting my long irons good this week, and I thought I hit it good but it kept going and going,” Dalke said. “But layup really wasn't in my mind.”

The par save became more difficult when his flubbed chip shot didn't reach the putting surface. Despite his previous two shots, Dalke walked in a 20-foot par putt and set off a roar from the gallery.

“I was pretty confident over that putt, actually,” Dalke said. “I was shaking but I felt like I had a good read on it and it went in.”

Fifteen minutes later, Kennerly and Higginbottom faced birdie putts that would have forced a playoff. Kennerly's 25-footer settled painfully on the edge of the hole, while Higginbottom's 10-footer lipped out on the high side, giving Dalke the one-shot victory.

Three players finished tied for fourth at 3-under-par: Motin Yeung of Orlando, Fla., AJ McInerney of Henderson, Nev., and Yi Keun Chang of Walnut, Calif.

In the Girls Division, Chung and her nearest competitor, Simin Feng of Orlando, Fla., held serve on the front nine and her lead remained at three with nine holes to play. Birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 gave Chung a comfortable six-shot cushion.

“After I reached the back nine, I think I only had a three-shot lead. I calmed down and I told myself ‘A three-shot lead is a lot in this tournament,' and I just kept focusing,” Chung said.

Her 7-under-par 209 total (68-70-71) is tied for the second-lowest total in tournament history, falling short only to Kimberly Kim's 10-under-par performance in 2007.

“This is my first Invitational win and it feels so good,” said Chung, who now owns four AJGA victories. “My first two rounds I got really lucky on a couple shots, I scored really well. Today I was kind of shaky in the beginning but I got it back in the end.”

Feng finished second at 1-under-par 215 (68-73-74), while Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., finished third at even-par 216 (70-72-74). Lindsey Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz., carded a final-round 69 to move 12 spots up the leaderboard and finish tied for fifth at 3-over-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 more than 40 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 will lend its support to the event. Other major sponsors are the Thunderbirds, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Charitable Fund and Grayhawk Golf Club.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.

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

 
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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
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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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