Golf News for Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Tournaments

Gavin Hall captures victory in sudden-death at PING Invitational

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., carded a 2-under-par 70 Monday to erase an 11-shot deficit, and then he prevailed in a two-hole sudden-death playoff to win The PING Invitational. Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., won the Girls Division and her second AJGA Invitational title of the year with a 2-under-par tournament total.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, The PING Invitational was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. The field included 72 players (45 boys, 27 girls) from 21 states and six foreign countries (India, South Korea, France, Sweden, Mexico, Colombia).The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 7,388 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,291 yards.

Hall's rally began with birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 9 en route to a front-nine 33. He finished his final-round 70 with a birdie on No. 18, and posted the clubhouse lead at 2-over-par with the final group on the 17th tee.

Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., began the day seven shots off the pace and surged to the top after birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 14. However, double bogeys on Nos. 13 and 16 meant he needed to birdie the par-5 18th in order to win in regulation. When his 15-foot birdie putt missed, he settled for the day's third-best score, a 2-over-par 74, and a spot in a playoff against Hall.

After both players parred the first playoff hole, Hall and Champ faced three-foot par putts that would have sent the playoff to the 18th tee for a third time. After Champ lipped out and made bogey, Hall sunk his putt for the second AJGA Invitational win of his career.

"The wind started to blow a bit, but basically my whole philosophy today was just grinding and trying to ensure I make pars and eliminated the big numbers," Hall said. "That was huge for me and once I got in a rhythm I was able to hit good shots and make some birdies. I was really happy with how I was ball striking it today and was lucky enough to make some putts coming down the stretch."

In addition to winning The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf in 2011, Hall said he built off his experience from the 2009 Rolex Tournament of Champions when he lost in a playoff to TJ Vogel at the age of 14.

"I was trying to build off that and use every little experience that you can," he said. "It's very similar to match play at that point and Cameron played great. You really don't want to win like that, but at the same time I'm really happy I put myself in that position with how I played today."

Max Greyserman of Short Hills, N.J., finished third at 4-over-par, while Jacob Joiner of Albany, Ga., finished fourth at 5-over-par. Scott Scheffler of Dallas finished fifth at 7-over-par.

In the Girls Division, Lee began the final round tied for the lead with Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y. Though she didn't make a birdie on the front nine, Lee's eight pars helped her build a four-shot lead as the final group made the turn.

"Today the conditions were really tough, the holes were in a lot of tough positions, so it was definitely frustrating for a lot of us out there, but I tried as hard as I could to keep calm," said Lee, who won the 2012 ANNIKA Invitational and has six career AJGA victories.

Park fought back with birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 15 and evened the score at 3-under-par with three holes to play. However, Park made double bogey on No. 16, the second-hardest hole this weekend, which proved to be the difference. With a par on No. 18, Lee secured a two-shot victory in her final appearance at The PING Invitational.

"Even though I had a two-stroke lead coming into the last two holes, I knew anything could happen," Lee said. "There have been a few times where I had been in the lead and gotten ahead of myself and lost. Every tournament you learn something new and I was able to use everything I learned from the past and be successful this time."

Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., finished third at 5-over-par. Five players tied for fourth at 7-over-par, including Oklahoma State commit Casie Cathrea of Livermore, Calif.

For more information about The PING Invitational, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200, or visit

About PING
The tournament title partner, PING, designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 by the late Karsten Solheim. Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer. Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim's youngest son, John A. Solheim. PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit

About the American Junior Golf Association
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Final results from the The PING Invitational conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Karsten Creek.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7388. Rating: 77.1. Slope: 152
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6291. Rating: 78.5. Slope: 146

Boys Division
Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y. (2013) 76-72-70--218 +2
Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif. (2014) 71-73-74--218 +2
Max Greyserman, Short Hills, N.J. (2014) 70-72-78--220 +4
Jacob Joiner, Albany, Ga. (2014) 70-67-84--221 +5
Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (2014) 72-74-77--223 +7
Branson Davis, Mckinney, Texas (2013) 76-74-75--225 +9
Connor Black, Humble, Texas (2014) 75-73-77--225 +9
Peter Kim, Metuchen, N.J. (2013) 74-77-74--225 +9
Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. (2014) 75-71-80--226 +10
Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. (2013) 79-74-73--226 +10
Zachary Olsen, Cordova, Tenn. (2013) 77-72-80--229 +13
Adam Wood, Zionsville , Ind. (2014) 79-72-78--229 +13
Tae Wan Lee, Orlando, Fla. (2013) 76-72-81--229 +13
Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Ga. (2014) 80-72-77--229 +13
Sean Crocker, Westlake Village, Calif. (2014) 76-73-81--230 +14
Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. (2015) 77-74-79--230 +14
Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. (2014) 73-80-77--230 +14
Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (2014) 77-72-82--231 +15
Joo-Young Lee, Hilliard, Ohio (2013) 77-78-78--233 +17
Brad Dalke, McKinney, Texas (2016) 78-76-79--233 +17
Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C. (2015) 80-75-78--233 +17
Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif. (2013) 81-72-80--233 +17
Nicolo Galletti, Pleasanton, Calif. (2013) 79-78-77--234 +18
Danny Walker, Bradenton, Fla. (2014) 76-71-87--234 +18
Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas (2013) 78-74-83--235 +19
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. (2013) 77-75-84--236 +20
Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif. (2014) 80-76-81--237 +21
James Clark, III, Columbus, Ga. (2014) 76-77-84--237 +21
Dylan Wu, Medford, Ore. (2014) 78-80-80--238 +22
Thomas Walsh, High Point, N.C. (2015) 80-79-80--239 +23
Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley, Pa. (2015) 81-75-83--239 +23
Luis Medina, Zapopan, Mexico (2013) 78-79-83--240 +24
Daniel Martinez, Austin, Texas (2017) 80-75-85--240 +24
Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2014) 88-80-73--241 +25
Connor Smith, Birmingham, Ala. (2014) 81-79-82--242 +26
Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas (2014) 87-80-75--242 +26
Brandon Pierce, Covington, La. (2013) 78-82-83--243 +27
Cole Madey, West Linn, Ore. (2015) 78-85-80--243 +27
Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y. (2013) 80-74-89--243 +27
Jimmy Stanger, Tampa, Fla. (2013) 82-79-85--246 +30
Rigel Fernandes, Bradenton, Fla. (2013) 77-80-89--246 +30
Clayton Madey, West Linn, Ore. (2013) 79-85-82--246 +30
Parker Derby, Columbus, Ga. (2013) 81-85-81--247 +31
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (2015) 76-87-85--248 +32
Christopher Petefish, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2014) 87-79-83--249 +33

Girls Division
Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (2013) 71-68-75--214 -2
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y. (2013) 69-70-77--216 E
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015) 74-70-77--221 +5
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2016) 75-75-73--223 +7
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. (2016) 73-77-73--223 +7
Shannon Aubert, Reunion, Fla. (2014) 74-74-75--223 +7
Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (2013) 72-73-78--223 +7
Casie Cathrea, Livermore, Calif. (2013) 76-70-77--223 +7
Esther Lee, Los Alamitos, Calif. (2013) 76-74-74--224 +8
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (2015) 73-72-81--226 +10
Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J. (2014) 77-73-77--227 +11
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (2016) 79-74-75--228 +12
Hannah O'Sullivan, Phoenix, Ariz. (2016) 75-73-80--228 +12
Hee Wook Choi, San Diego, Calif. (2013) 73-80-76--229 +13
Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga. (2015) 79-77-75--231 +15
Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif. (2014) 75-77-80--232 +16
Anna Newell, Tampa, Fla. (2014) 82-74-78--234 +18
Cheyenne Knight, The Woodlands, Texas (2015) 76-82-76--234 +18
Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas (2013) 77-76-82--235 +19
Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. (2013) 73-83-79--235 +19
Marijosse Navarro, San Antonio, Texas (2015) 77-77-82--236 +20
Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark. (2013) 80-77-81--238 +22
Laura Sojo, Howey in the hills, Fla. (2014) 78-79-82--239 +23
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif. (2017) 81-80-78--239 +23
Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif. (2015) 79-84-85--248 +32
Karen Chung (2013), Livingston, N.J. -JWD
Jessica Vasilic (2013), Anaheim Hills, Calif. 78-74-JWD