Spieth Completes Wire To Wire Victory At AJGA Championship AT Traditions

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BRYAN -- Jordan Spieth of Dallas, finished at even-par 70-73-73 – 216 to win the AJGA Championship at Traditions, his first AJGA Open title. In the Girls Division, Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., made up two shots on the back nine to notch her second AJGA victory, winning by five shots with a 74-73-72 – 219 total.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Championship at Traditions was held at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. The tournament field consisted of 87 boys and 51 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and four foreign countries. Sixty-six hailed from the home state of Texas. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 7,047 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,135 yards.

Spieth’s wire-to-wire victory revolved around an aggressive strategy, even with at least a four-shot lead during most of the final round. His strategy was best demonstrated on the 54th hole, when Spieth attacked the back-right hole location from behind a pod of trees, 195 yards from the flagstick. A pitch and a putt later, Spieth had secured his second AJGA victory with a par.

“I don’t play as well when I play conservatively,” said Spieth, who had a four-shot lead heading into No. 18. “I’ve kind of given up at the end before, so it was important for me to finish strong and par the last hole.”

With the win, Spieth backed up a season-opening seventh-place finish at the Houston Boys Invitational at Redstone presented by HP and Administaff in February. Spieth’s first AJGA win came at the 2007 Junior All-Star at Walnut Creek.

“I didn’t expect to win (at Redstone), but the high finish gave me confidence heading into this week,” Spieth said. “Today I took a step further, and the next step is winning an Invitational.”

Cory Whitsett of Houston, posted a final-round 69, the lowest round of the tournament, to finish the event in second at 4-over-par 220. Drew Dorsey of Edmond, Okla., finished third at 8-over-par 224, and Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash., finished fourth at 9-over-par 225. Talor Gooch of Midwest City, Okla., rounded out the top five with a fifth-place finish at 10-over-par 226.

In the Girls Division, Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., carded an even-par 36 on the front nine to extend her second-round lead to two shots as the final group made the turn. Thompson cut into the deficit with a string of pars before carding birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to build a four-shot lead heading to No. 18.

“I was hitting it close all day,” said Thompson, who also won the 2007 Aldila Junior Classic. “I birdied Nos. 16 and 17, and then (Erynne) chipped in for birdie on No. 16. At that point, I knew I had to play it safe and couldn’t make any mistakes.”

Thompson’s back-nine 35 carried her to a 3-over-par 219 total and the day’s lowest round. A 2007 first-team Rolex All-American, Thompson also won the Westfield Junior PGA Championship in 2007.
“This win has a big impact on my game,” Thompson said. “I feel really good about my season coming up after this victory.”

Lee finished tied for second at 8-over-par 224, her fourth top-three AJGA finish. Sherlyn Popelka of Reunion, Fla., also placed tied for second, her highest AJGA finish.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 25 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

Final results from the AJGA Championship at Traditions conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. Par: Boys: 36-36—72; Girls: 36-36—72. Yardage: Boys: 7,047; Girls: 6,135. Rating/Slope: Boys: 74/138; Girls: 77.7/150.

BOYS DIVISION
Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas 70-73-73—216
Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas 77-74-69—220
Drew Dorsey, Edmond, Okla. 74-76-74—224
Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash. 76-75-74—225
Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla. 73-76-77—226
Jade Scott, Daingerfield, Texas 75-74-78—227
Hayden Stephens, Georgetown, Texas 78-74-77—229
Chris Capo, Woodland Hills, Calif. 76-74-79—229
Mark Pollak, San Antonio, Texas 74-77-78—229
Eli Juren, Austin, Texas 74-79-77—230
Andrew Green, Edmond, Okla. 77-73-80—230
Hunter Sparks, Oklahoma City, Okla. 74-82-76—232
Curtis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. 75-75-82—232
Henry Plager, Carmel, Ind. 82-76-75—233
Geoffrey Shaw, Edmond, Okla. 77-74-82—233
Ryan Kelley, The Woodlands, Texas 78-77-79—234
Cameron Wilson, Rowayton, Conn. 80-78-77—235
Daniel Stringfellow, Roselle, Ill. 77-78-80—235
Henry Park, Waikoloa, Hawaii 77-78-80—235
Brian Dwyer, Southlake, Texas 72-79-84—235
Cody Kent, Castle Rock, Colo. 80-78-78—236
Robert Mills, Houston, Texas 75-77-84—236
Matthew Ceravolo, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 82-76-79—237
Michael Yiu, Laguna Hills, Calif. 80-79-79—238
Hunter Brown, Richardson, Texas 81-76-81—238
Landon Lyons, Baton Rouge, La. 75-78-85—238
John Duke Hudson, Sonora, Texas 79-81-79—239
Seth Reeves, Duluth, Ga. 74-82-83—239
Benjamin Lein, Diamond Bar, Calif. 78-77-84—239
Stetson McMillan, Hideaway, Texas 84-78-77—239
Ryan O'Rear, Salado, Texas 73-86-81—240
Nathan Chambers, Purcell, Okla. 77-81-82—240
Jordan Lee, Tarzana, Calif. 77-80-83—240
Jordan Frye, Colleyville, Texas 84-73-83—240
Taylor Meadows, Boerne, Texas 82-82-76—240
Jeffrey Juillerat, Tyler, Texas 83-82-75—240
Paul McConnell, Garland, Texas 79-79-83—241
Shuai Wu, Beijing, China 80-79-82—241
Brian O'Regan, Walnut Creek, Calif. 84-77-80—241
Justin Lavine, Sugar Land, Texas 80-82-79—241
Andrew Rollins, Round Rock, Texas 78-77-86—241
Curtis Reed, Castroville, Texas 79-78-85—242
Jordan Rumora, Houston, Texas 86-71-85—242
Philip Chian, Covina, Calif. 75-82-85—242
Cameron Hollek, Richmond, Texas 77-79-86—242
Hunter Kraus, Germantown, Tenn. 75-85-83—243
Ryan Dagerman, Dallas, Texas 81-82-80—243
Richard Lamb, South Bend, Ind. 84-80-79—243
Sam Yi, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 83-82-78—243
Alex Marry, San Clemente, Calif. 80-80-84—244
Brad Lyle, Richardson, Texas 82-79-83—244
Thomas Birdsey, The Woodlands, Texas 87-74-83—244
Carlos Ortiz, Zapopan, Mexico 82-82-80—244
Chris Worrell, Enid, Okla. 84-81-79—244
Sam DeStefano, Bryan, Texas 78-83-85—246
Stanton Tondre, Castroville, Texas 83-81-82—246
Diego Castilla, Monterrey, Mexico 81-85-80—246
Seth Stuart, Austin, Texas 80-78-89—247
Ryan Choi, Colorado Springs, Colo. 76-83-88—247
Thomas Tatum, Dallas, Texas 84-78-85—247
Daniel Lee, Valencia, Calif. 84-80-83—247
Ross Rotwein, El Paso, Texas 83-82-83—248
Chun-Ji Kim, Chandler, Ariz. 82-82-85—249
Johnathan Chen, Sugar Land, Texas 78-89-82—249
Ryan Howard, The Woodlands, Texas 81-86-82—249
Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas 77-86-87—250
Patrick Gould, Houston, Texas 86-84-81—251
Ryan Eibner, The Woodlands, Texas 78-93-80—251
James Kwon, Houston, Texas 78-84-89—251
Rohan Verma, Kingwood, Texas 85-80-86—251
Patrick O'Meara, The Woodlands, Texas 79-88-84—251
Sarosh Adi, Frisco, Texas 85-85-82—252
Jeff Wibawa, Encino, Calif. 86-84-82—252
Zack Smith, Carthage, Texas 87-85-80—252
Jimmy Elliott, Katy, Texas 79-93-81—253
Austin Beck, Coppell, Texas 84-79-90—253
Eduardo Chavez, Hillsborough, Calif. 86-82-86—254
Eugene Lee, Murrieta, Calif. 94-80-80—254
Brandon Wilhide, Richmond, Texas 84-84-87—255
Mike Eyeington, College Station, Texas 85-83-87—255
Kyle Jordan, College Station, Texas 90-81-85—256
Patrick Burke, Houston, Texas 80-87-93—260
Parker Hensley, San Antonio, Texas 83-87-91—261
Bradley Lucas, Worthington, Ohio 86-92-84—262
Greg Lyle, Richardson, Texas 92-82-90—264
Dillon Rust, Edmond, Okla. 79 DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Raymond Gerow, Santa Barbara, Calif. 85-84 JWD

GIRLS DIVISION
Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. 74-73-72—219
Sherlyn Popelka, Reunion, Fla. 72-79-73—224
Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash. 73-73-78—224
Christine Song, Fullerton, Calif. 75-78-74—227
Amelia Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla. 76-71-80—227
Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla. 75-75-78—228
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. 78-72-79—229
Casey Ann Kennedy, Venice, Fla. 76-78-76—230
Kyle Roig, Pembroke Pines, Fla. 75-75-80—230
Emma Lavy, Fayetteville, Ark. 77-75-80—232
Ayaka Kaneko, Honolulu, Hawaii 78-79-78—235
Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. 78-77-80—235
Crystal Reeves, Broken Arrow, Okla. 74-78-83—235
Victoria Vela, Mansfield, Texas 86-76-74—236
Kalynd Carson, The Woodlands, Texas 79-75-82—236
Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. 76-74-86—236
Mary Michael Maggio, Conway, Ark. 74-80-83—237
Kendall Martindale, Jefferson City, Tenn. 79-77-83—239
Heather Lott, Baton Rouge, La. 80-85-75—240
Alexandra Groetsema, Palo Alto, Calif. 82-78-80—240
Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas 81-79-80—240
Michelle Yang, Los Angeles, Calif. 77-79-84—240
Kelsey Kipp, Tyler, Texas 79-82-80—241
Sarah Beth Davis, Victoria, Texas 82-82-77—241
Alicia Malagon, Tampico, Mexico 80-77-84—241
Haley Sanders, Rogers, Ark. 78-80-84—242
Emilie Burger, Hoschton, Ga. 79-79-85—243
Jessica Schall, Lake Mary, Fla. 79-83-82—244
Katrina Hegge, Seattle, Wash. 81-80-83—244
Aly Smith, Houston, Texas 80-79-85—244
Casey Grice, College Station, Texas 80-78-86—244
Seo Hee Moon, Mukilteo, Wash. 78-83-84—245
Felicia Espericueta, Edinburg, Texas 80-78-87—245
Whitney French, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 84-77-85—246
Chelsey Cothran, Springdale, Ark. 82-78-86—246
Devon Brown, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 84-81-82—247
Heather Smith, Fort Worth, Texas 83-82-82—247
Suzie Lee, E. Northport, N.Y. 86-79-83—248
Mariah Montoya, Lubbock, Texas 81-84-83—248
Pamela Burneski, Surrey, British Columbia 81-82-87—250
Kayli Quinton, Cypress, Texas 80-84-88—252
Gabriella Dominguez, Chilton, Texas 82-83-87—252
Chelsea Mocio, Fort Worth, Texas 84-84-85—253
Michelle Piyapattra, Corona, Calif. 83-85-86—254
Rebecca Song, Fullerton, Calif. 84-85-85—254
Mei Liu, Austin, Texas 88-82-84—254
Shelby Hardy, San Saba, Texas 80-91-88—259
Lauren Ballenger, Caldwell, Texas 86-88-91—265
Christine Lin, Austin, Texas 93-90-98—281
Ariana Patterson, Carmel, Calif. 79 JWD
Eunice Yim, La Canada, Calif. 83-83 QWD

** JWD=Justified WD
** QWD=Questionable WD




 
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