Rome Junior Classic presented by Piedmont Bank
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Rome Junior Classic presented by Piedmont Bank

Merrill and Wotherspoon earn AJGA wins in Rome

Ava Merrill won in the Girls Division at 13-under-par while Rylan Wotherspoon also finished at 13-under-par to win the Boys Division.

Girls Division Champion: Ava Merrill of Johns Creek, Georgia (13-under-par 200)

  • Broke 54-hole, 36-hole and 18-hole tournament scoring records
  • Recorded just one bogey in her final two rounds
  • Carded rounds of 67-64-69
  • Shot lowest round of the tournament with a 7-under-par 64 in the second round (18-hole tournament record)
  • No. 46 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
  • Third AJGA win
"My other two wins were Junior All-Stars and this one is an Open. It's good to finally win an Open and it felt like I haven't won in a while so it was good to come out on top this week."
Ava Merrill

Girls Division Top Local Finisher: Sara Im of Duluth, Georgia (2-under-par 211)

  • Finished tied for seventh
  • Carded rounds of 71-71-69
  • No. 27 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
  • Six AJGA Wins

Boys Division Champion: Rylan Wotherspoon of Florence, Kentucky (13-under-par 200)

  • Second AJGA win in only third AJGA start
  • Carded rounds of 64-67-69
  • Had one bogey and three birdies in the final round
  • Had just two bogeys during the tournament
  • Verbally committed to University of Cincinnati
"I thought I wouldn't be nervous today since I've already won one before but I was definitely much more nervous coming down the stretch today than I was for Knollwood. It was very stressful but very rewarding in the end."
Rylan Wotherspoon

Boys Division Top Local Finisher: Hogan Ingram of Rome, Georgia (11-under-par 202)

  • Finished T2
  • Carded rounds of 64-70-68
  • Finished T11 in 2020 Rome Junior Classic
  • Signed National Letter of Intent with Georgia Southern University

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