Alexander Yang of Carlsbad, California, outlasts a two-hole sudden-death playoff to clinch his first AJGA victory. Yang along with William Mirams of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and Ty Griggs of Manteca, California, finished the final round at 4-under-par 140.
Yang came from behind after finishing the first round in T6 at 1-under-par 71. His five birdies of the day got him to the playoff.
The three boys all lead off the playoff with perfect tee-shots down the fairway of No. 8. Griggs finishes in third place after the first sudden-death playoff hole, while Yang and Mirams two-putted the hole to make par and move onto the second hole of the playoff.
On No. 9, Mirams blistered an excellent tee-shot down the middle of the fairway however the shot left him with awkward distance to the centered hole location. Yang hit his tee-shot right of the fairway finding a group of tightly-packed trees. The junior navigated his next shot to perfection; hitting a second shot that left him with a 25-foot birdie look. Yang holed out in two putts to make par, besting Mirams’ bogey for the title.
Derek Kim of Irvine, California, finished the tournament in fourth at 3-under-par 141, just one stroke short of the sudden-death playoff group. In T5 are class of 2018 graduates Justin Gums of Lodi, California and Juan Pablo Lavalle of The Woodlands, Texas finishing at even par 144.
Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ontario finishes the tournament on top for the Girls Division sitting at 4-under-par 140. The University of Michigan verbal commit started the final round with a four-stroke lead. Five of Chun’s six first-round birdies were recorded on the back nine.
“I was trying to keep it simple, I struggled on the front nine,” Chun explained. I just made sure I hit the greens and had opportunities to birdie.
With today’s win, Chun earns her first AJGA victory.
Two girls finished at T2 including lowest score of the day Crystal Wang of Diamond Bar, California, who shot even par 144. Wang Carded six birdies throughout the day. Also finishing T2 is Katherine Zhu of San Jose, California.