DALLAS -- Vincent Martino, 16, of Southlake, Texas, shot a 1-over-par 73 Sunday for a 144 tournament total to medal in the Boys Division at the Preseason Junior at Brookhaven. Alexandra Wong, 15, of San Francisco, tied for medalist honors with Haley Haught, 16, of Austin, Texas, at 14-over-par 158.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Brookhaven featured 95 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states, Canada and Ireland. The 36-hole stroke play event was held at the par-72 Brookhaven Country Club - Masters Course. The Boys Division played the course at 6,678 yards while the Girls Division played at 6,123 yards.
The Preseason Junior at Brookhaven is one of eight events held as part of the Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series. The Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to or participated in an AJGA event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.
Martino entered the final round with a two-stroke lead and was able to rely on steady putting to claim the medalist honors. Three birdies on the back nine, including back-to-back on Nos. 15 and 16, helped him win his first AJGA event.
"I stayed focused today and played against par, not my opponents," Martino said. "I hit my drive a little right on No. 15 and ended up under a tree. I hit it out and was able to make birdie. That really got me going."
Landon Kowalski of Buffalo Grove, Ill., shot a final-round low 70 to finish second in the Boys Division at 2-over-par 146 for the tournament. Chapman Herwood of Tyler, Texas finished third at 3-over-par 147. Jamison Youree of Fort Worth, Texas, finished fourth at 4-over-par 148. Andrew Scamardo of College Station, Texas, and Zachary Zahn of Houston, tied for fifth at 6-over-par 150.
In the Girls Division, Wong drained 15-foot putts on Nos. 1, 10 and 18 to hold onto her lead from the first round. Appearing in her first AJGA event, Wong finished the round strong with five pars and one birdie on the back nine.
"I hung in there today and had a good time," Wong said. "I drained a nice uphill 15-foot putt to save par on No. 10."
Also medaling was Haught, who played the back nine 1-over-par. Beginning her round on No. 14, she stormed out to a strong start and was 1-under-par through her first three holes.
"It was the birdie on No. 16 that got me started," Haught explained. "My third shot got me to about three feet so I was able to sink it for the birdie."
One shot back was Betty Chen of Castro Valley, Calif., who finished third at 159.
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DALLAS -- Final results from the Preseason Junior at Brookhaven conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Brookhaven Country Club - Masters Course. Par: Boys: 36-36—72; Girls: 36-36—72. Yardage: Boys: 6,678; Girls: 6,123. Rating/Slope: Boys: 73/126; Girls: 76.8/134.
Vincent Martino, Southlake, Texas 71-73—144
Landon Kowalski, Buffalo Grove, Ill. 76-70—146
Chapman Herwood, Tyler, Texas 74-73—147
Jamison Youree, Fort Worth, Texas 73-75—148
Andrew Scamardo, College Station, Texas 74-76—150
Zachary Zahn, Houston, Texas 76-74—150
Will Griffin, Lufkin, Texas 78-73—151
Troy Ditzler, Coto de Caza, Calif. 78-74—152
Bradley Phelps, Colleyville, Texas 78-74—152
Joseph Abella, Plano, Texas 77-76—153
Derrick Whitecotton, Frisco, Texas 79-74—153
Christian Hallman, Sugar Land, Texas 75-78—153
Brad Dalke, Mansfield, Texas 78-76—154
Colin Frizzell, Nacogdoches, Texas 80-74—154
Aaron Guanlao, Haslet, Texas 82-72—154
Jonathan Lin, Fremont, Calif. 81-75—156
Ricky Sambrano, The Woodlands, Texas 84-72—156
Dylan McClure, Argyle, Texas 81-75—156
John Tyner, Collierville, Tenn. 79-77—156
Gordie Hamilton, Shawnee Mission, Kan. 79-78—157
Joey Kron, Coto de Caza, Calif. 79-79—158
Dillon Callow, Phoenix, Ariz. 82-76—158
Sutton Farmer, Sulphur, La. 77-81—158
Justin Gibson, Austin, Texas 79-79—158
Lonnie Smith, Bellaire, Texas 80-78—158
Dylan Kornberg, Tucson, Ariz. 80-79—159
J.J. Lindsey, Adkins, Texas 78-81—159
Will Harrington, Dallas, Texas 80-79—159
Steven Lauterbach, McKinney, Texas 81-79—160
Michael Anderson, Phoenix, Ariz. 80-80—160
Christopher Hopson, Plano, Texas 76-84—160
Sam Rosenberg, Dallas, Texas 82-78—160
Gary Dye, Ridgeland, Miss. 82-78—160
Alex Duff, Meath, Ireland 84-77—161
Paul Campbell, Austin, Texas 84-77—161
Braxton Clopp, Dewey, Okla. 80-81—161
Nick Winston, St. Charles , Mo. 83-79—162
Garrett Fey, Mesquite, Texas 84-79—163
Kindall Martin, Harrison, Ark. 81-83—164
Jordan Hawkes, Driftwood, Texas 83-81—164
Bradley Fleming, Houston, Texas 82-82—164
Grant Griffin, Fort Worth, Texas 84-80—164
Kirk Thomas II, Bossier City, La. 86-78—164
Chad Meador, Lubbock, Texas 84-81—165
Kyle Becker, San Antonio, Texas 85-80—165
Troy Vela, Mansfield, Texas 86-81—167
Andrew Minton, Houston, Texas 88-80—168
Stratton Harrison, Dallas, Texas 83-86—169
Alex Stewart, Bowie, Md. 86-83—169
John Hermes, Lake Forest, Ill. 94-76—170
Chris Minton, Houston, Texas 86-84—170
Charlie Hanafin, Seattle, Wash. 85-87—172
Hwang-jae Yoon, Gainesville, Texas 88-84—172
Joseph Kremer, Toronto, Ontario 87-85—172
Geoff Vicas, Piedmont , Calif. 90-83—173
Justin Ruiz, New Braunfels , Texas 92-82—174
Landon Brown, Santa Maria, Calif. 85-89—174
Ian Gallagher, Highland Village, Texas 89-85—174
Matthew Moss, Choudrant, La. 89-86—175
Colin Morris, Plano, Texas 95-80—175
Carson Ward, Paducah, Ky. 83-92—175
Thomas Brockman, Springfield, Mo. 84-92—176
JC Campbell, Dallas, Texas 89-88—177
Howard Lee, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia 86-93—179
Harrison Marick, Northbrook, Ill. 94-86—180
Lucas Farmer, Highland, Md. 97-90—187
Travis McInroe, Plano, Texas 98-93—191
Trevor Hughes, Rowlett, Texas 101-91—192
Candler Boortz, Springdale, Ark. 99-107—206
Trevor Vega, Victoria, Texas 76 DQ (6-6d)
Haley Haught, Austin, Texas 82-76—158
Alexandra Wong, San Francisco, Calif. 77-81—158
Betty Chen, Castro Valley, Calif. 82-77—159
Ali Cowan, Victoria, Texas 81-79—160
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas 85-76—161
Taylor Coleman, San Antonio, Texas 85-81—166
Carly Ragains, Highland Village, Texas 84-82—166
Andrea Wong, San Francisco, Calif. 86-81—167
Brooke LaRue, Topeka, Kan. 87-81—168
Elena Thomas, Waxahachie, Texas 88-81—169
Ariel Tidwell, Rockwall, Texas 87-85—172
Kristen Miller, Austin, Texas 86-86—172
Jessa LaBarbera, Allen, Texas 88-85—173
Dana Clary, Cedar Park, Texas 86-88—174
Lauren Fender, Lake Winnebago, Mo. 91-83—174
Sarah Rosenberg, Dallas, Texas 93-85—178
Brook Johnston, Cedar Park, Texas 95-84—179
Briana Bondon, Lee's Summit, Mo. 89-91—180
Meghan Shain, Bakersfield, Calif. 92-90—182
Klara Castillo, Albuquerque, N.M. 93-89—182
Lana Hodge, Monroe, La. 97-85—182
Brooke Fouts, Carrollton, Texas 94-91—185
Allison Bock, Southlake, Texas 99-96—195
Shelby Ford, San Antonio, Texas 113-94—207
Samantha Claeys, Bartlesville, Okla. 120-115—235