- Sam Choi of Anaheim, California, went wire-to-wire to finish with a score of 11-under par 205. With this victory, Choi earned an exemption into the KPGA KEB Hana Bank Invitational. This is Choi’s first win since 2015 at the AJGA Junior at Yolo Fliers.
- Choi started off the final round with three straight pars, before birdieing the fourth hole to keep his first-place momentum.
- Michael Shaw of Pleasanton, California, scored a tournament total of 8-under par 208, to land him in second place. It was Shaw’s final round that won him the lowest score of the day for the Boys Division at 8-under par 64. He was only one stroke away from breaking the California Country Club course record.
- Alrik Pan of West Covina, California, took third at 7-under par 209, and Ray Xiong of Rancho Santa Fe, California, finished 6-under par 210.
- To round out the top-five of the Boys Division three players were T5: Kento Yamawaki of Encinitas, California; Sixian (Tyler) Guo of Irvine, California; and Andi Xu of San Diego at 5-under par 211.
- Yealimi Noh of Concord, California, captured her fifth AJGA victory. The University of California, Los Angeles verbal commit shot a 4-under par 70 in her final round to give her a three-round total of 10-under par 212. Noh, the No. 5 player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings carded seven birdies in the final round.
- The first-place win landed Noh an exemption spot in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship 2018. Noh explained, “this win means the world to me. I haven’t been out to South Korea to see family in over five years.”
- “Playing with Amari (Avery) and Briana (Chacon) helped give the final round a competitive edge, but I was just focused on my game,” Noh said.
- Amari Avery of Riverside California, placed second with 8-under par 214. Briana Chacon of Whittier, California, who led after the first two rounds, finished third with a tournament total 7-under par 215.
- In the Girls Division, Anna Dong of Bellflower, California, won the low score of the day at 8-under par 66 to finish T9 with Irene Kim of La Palma, California.
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