Champions Report

Champions Report: May 31

A look at your most recent champions from the past week of AJGA events.
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Thunderbird International Junior

William Mouw of Chino, California, won his second event of the year at the Thunderbird International Junior with a 1-under-par 209 in the Boys Division. Starting off strong with a 5-under-par 65 on his first round, Mouw secured the first-place title early, sinking 10 birdies overall. At No. 5 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, the Pepperdine University commit has played in AJGA events since 2015 and was a 2017 and 2018 Rolex Junior All-American. Alexa Melton of Covina, California, finished at the top of the leaderboard after carding 11 birdies over the three tournament rounds. She shot a tournament-total even-par 216 to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Also a Pepperdine University commit, Melton is No. 2 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, and has played in AJGA events since 2015.

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AJGA Dominican Junior Open presented by Puntacana Resort & Club

Nicholas Arcement of Thibodaux, Louisiana, shot a 4-under-par 212 for the tournament to win the Boys Division. Arcement had three birdies and an eagle for a first-round score of 4-under-par 68 to take the early lead. This was the 18-year-olds second AJGA win, his first earned in 2017 at the AJGA Junior at Gray Plantation. Yae Eun Kim of Santiago, Dominican Republic, had four birdies in the final round to card a tournament total even-par 216 to win the Girls Division. Kim accepted the challenge in a playoff after tying the tournament with Brooke Rivers, ultimately defeating her opponent and earning the title. Kim has played in AJGA events since 2016, and this is her first win.

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AJGA Junior at Saddlebrook

Tyler Wilkes of Tampa, Florida, earned his third AJGA win after claiming the Boys Division title at Saddlebrook Resort-Palmer Course. The win did not come easy after tying with Hiroshi Tai for a tournament total of 6-under-par 207. But the verbal commit to the University of Florida secured the title after defeating his opponent in a playoff. Number 25 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Wilkes has played in seven AJGA events since 2018. Mi Li of Beijing, China, won the Girls Division by four strokes, carding at 1-over-par 214. Li emerged victorious with three birdies in the final round to end the tournament. Mi Li has played in three AJGA events since 2018, and this is her first win.

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AJGA Preview at Chateau Elan

Diego Prone of Buenos Aires, Argentina, won the Boys Division with a tournament total of 1-under-par 212. Prone maintained his lead throughout all three rounds, ending the final round with a 2-under-par 69. He carded a total of ten birdies for the tournament to earn his first AJGA victory by five strokes. Morgan Ellison of Peachtree City, Georgia, finished at the top of the leaderboard carding four birdies to end with a tournament total of 9-over-par 222. Ellison tied for the low final-round with a score of 3-over-par 74. This was both Prone and Ellison’s first AJGA event.

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AJGA Junior All-Star at Wigwam

Keaton Vo of Austin, Texas, shot a 9-under-par 135 for the tournament to win the Boys Division. Vo carded a total of ten birdies and shot a bogey free second round to end the tournament two strokes ahead of the field. This is Vo’s fifth top-3 finish in his AJGA career and he is No. 148 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Michelle Liu of Vancouver, British Columbia, won her first career AJGA event with a tournament total of 6-under-par 138. Liu carded 8 birdies in the tournament and shot a bogey free second round to win the Girls Division by one stroke.