Each week, the AJGA honors the boy and girl junior golfers who shoot the lowest round during the final tournament round. Each of these players will be presented with one of this year's new Scotty Cameron putter covers in silver or gold. In this feature, we will hear from the players each week who take home this honor and what helped them get there.
Nationwide Insurance Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament
“I hit it in the water on No. 14 and I had a really hard up-and-down,” said Will Morris of Columbus, Ohio, who fired a final-round 3-under-par 69. “But I hit a great flop shot over the bunker and made my par.”
“I hit my best drive of the day on No. 16 and just had a little wedge in and made the putt,” said Brendan Jenkins of Dublin, Ohio, who shot a 69 during the final round. “It was my third birdie in a row, and I knew everything was going my way from that point on.”
“I hit it out of bounds on No. 5,” said Allie White of Lancaster, Ohio, who shot a 3-under-par 69 during the final round. “I made a 15-footer for bogey which set me back on track.”
“I hit my 9-iron long on No.8,” said Hanule Seo of St. Louis, Mo., who also fired a final-round 69. “But I hit an awesome bunker shot and made par.”
“My most memorable shot came on the last hole,” said Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa. “I made an 18-footer for birdie to shoot 69.”
The Club Car Junior hosted by Charles Howell III
“On No. 18 I didn’t really get the drive that I wanted; I hit a low, screaming hook into a bunker,” said Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., who shot a 7-under-par 65 during the final round to take home the championship. “I didn’t want to risk hitting my second shot in the water or having it hit the lip and come right back at me so I just hit a wedge out. I had 84 yards for my third and luckily I hit a good pitch to a few feet to make par.”
“My best shot probably came on No. 3,” said Victoria Kiser of Orlando, Fla., who shot a 1-under-par 73 and won the event. “For my second shot I hit a 3-wood to about six feet and I made the putt for eagle to get my round going.”
Hanmi Bank Junior Open
"It was an awesome round for me. I birdied six in a row,” said Marshall Colby of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who fired a 6-under-par 66 during the final round. “On No. 12, I thought I was in the hazard so I hit a provisional and it turned out I was in the left of the fairway where you couldn't see it. I used my pitching wedge to 15 feet and made the putt.”
"I had my best putt on No. 9. The pin placement was really tough on the hill and I hit 15 feet past it,” said Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., who shot a final-round 4-under-par 68. “I had to putt downhill so I knew that I had to be really careful. I hit it and thought it was too much but it just hit the hole and went in."
Trader Joe’s Junior Championship
"I chipped in on No. 17. It was going really fast but it hit the flagstick and fell in,” said Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., who fired a 4-under-par 67. That shot put him in a tie for the lead during regulation. He then went on to win the playoff. “I was sure it was headed off the green."
"On No. 6, I hit my ball to the edge of the green just past the hole. When I hit my putt I started walking after it because I was sure it wasn't going in, then it dropped,” said Tessa The of Los Altos, Calif., who shot a 2-under-par 69 during the final round. “I probably stood there for an entire minute just staring at the hole."
Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout
“I birdied No. 15 and 16, the hardest holes,” said Ben Toester of Boerne, Texas, who shot a final-round 69. “I hit a good drive, shot to 12 feet and made a pretty difficult putt.”
“On No. 9, I hit my driver, then I hit my 6-iron into the bunker on the right side of the green pin high,” said Brenden Redfern of Austin, Texas, who also fired a 3-under-par 69. “I had to get kind of cute with it: too thin and it would go in the lake, too fat and it could end up in the bunker. It was my best shot of the day. I hit out within four feet of the cup.”
“I knew I only had one bogey the last 36 holes,” said Chandler Rusk of Edmond, Okla., whose final-round 69 gave him the victory. “I was hitting my driver well and just made the easy birdies that I had and made every putt I needed to.“
“My best moment was carding birdie on No. 18 to get into the playoff,” said Mary Michael Maggio of Conway, Ark., who shot a 1-under-par 71 during the final-round to land in a playoff. “It was a lot pressure to get in there and make birdie and give myself a chance to win.”
“No. 14 was definitely the turning point in my round,” said Michael Sorenson of Hartland, Wis., who fired a final round 3-under-par 68 to win the tournament. “I hit it in the sand on my approach shot, but was able to make the 15-foot par putt to save that hole. It gave me a lot of momentum for the rest of my round.
“No. 3 was definitely my best hole,” said Simin Feng of Orlando, Fla., who carded a 3-over-par 74 during the final round to take home the Girls Division championship. “I got a birdie on it (par 4) and it helped me start out my round really strong.”
McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship
“I knew it was going to be a great day when I birdied the first hole,” said Christine Song of Fullerton, Calif., who shot a 6-under-par 66 during the final round. “I shot a 32 on the back nine and birdied Nos. 10 through 12. My favorite putt of the day was probably on No. 12. I had a 25-foot birdie putt.”
Dodge/Bob Estes Abilene Junior
"I hit my approach shot on No. 9 to about 10 feet and finished with a 3-under-par 33 on that side,” said tournament champion Brian Swanson of Katy, Texas, who fired a 4-under-par 68. “It gave me a good boost for the rest of the round."
"On No. 13, I putted in from off the green for birdie,” said Jacqueline Chang of Paradise Valley, Ariz., who shot a 1-over-par 73 during the final round. “That gave me more confidence and I knew I could play better after that."
AJGA Junior at New Castle
"I made a great par save on No. 18,” said Andrew Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., who shot a 2-under-par 70 to finish second. “I made the shot from under the lip of the bunker."
"It was definitely my second shot into the green on No. 18,” said tournament champion Gregor Orlando of Erie, Pa., who also fired a 2-under-par 70. “I stuck it to four feet and made birdie."
"I made my first birdie on the par-5, No. 3,” said Isabel Han of Lake Mary, Fla., who shot an even-par 72 during the final round. “I had a 20-foot putt and kept my head down until I heard it drop."
CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank
"The most memorable part of the round was when I hit my second shot on 13, the par-5, to five feet," said Jeff Wibawa of Encino, Calif., who fired a final-round 7-under-par 65. "I made that putt for eagle, which really started my streak."
"It would be the three straight birdies I had. I was really discouraged when I couldn't make any birdies on the front nine. There were many chances that I could had made but I didn't and I thought it would be okay to just par out," said Beverly Vatananugulkit of Cerritos, Calif., who carded a 3-under-par 69 to finish second. "Thinking that through the 11th hole, on No. 12 I finally stuck it to a foot and was able to make my first birdie. On No. 13 I had about a 45 foot putt for birdie and was thinking to just lay it close, but I was able to make my second birdie. Then on No. 13, I stuck my 3rd shot to a foot again and made my 3rd straight birdie."
HP Boys Junior Championship
“No. 16 was a great hole for me. I had about a 50-yard shot in to the green over the water and hit it to about seven feet,” said Michael Jae Woo Im of Irvine, Calif., who fired a 4-under-par 68 to finish tied for fourth. “I made the putt for a great birdie under pressure with a bunch of people watching me.”
“No. 17 was probably my greatest hole today. I hit my tee shot to about 11 feet and then made the putt for birdie,” said Jeffrey Kang of Fullerton, Calif., who also shot a 4-under-par 68 to finish tied for fourth. “I had been missing those putts all week so it was good to finally make one.”
Past My Scotty Cameron Moments
Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch
Junior All-Star at Nemacolin
ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior
Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic
SAP Junior Open
Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic
First American Title Junior Classic
Heritage Junior Championship
Sta-Green® Junior All-Star Championship
Aldila Junior at Oak Tree
AJGA Las Vegas Junior
Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior
Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu
John Deere Classic Junior Open
Junior All-Star at Aspen
Medicus Preseason Junior at Callaway Gardens
AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T
Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic
Medicus Preseason Junior at Rochester presented by Wegmans LPGA and Xerox Classic
Golf World/Medicus Preseason Junior at Rancho Mirage
I.R.I./Srixon Mixed Team Championship hosted by Jim Furyk
Medicus Preseason Junior in the Chicago Southland
Medicus Preseason Junior at Texarkana
AJGA Cliffs Championship
Medicus Preseason Junior at Walnut Creek
Horseshoe Bend Junior Classic