Golf News for Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Tournaments

Jorge Garcia captures victory at Thunderbird International Junior

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jorge Garcia of Miami took home his second-career AJGA victory by four-strokes at the Thunderbird International Junior. Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., claimed her second AJGA Invitational after finishing at 5-under-par 211 at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Thunderbird International Junior was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. The event featured 48 boys and 30 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and 14 countries. The Boys Division played the course at 7,112 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 6,342 yards.

Garcia extended his lead early with a birdie on the par-4, No. 2. After marking a bogey on No. 3, he erased the deficit and responded with a birdie on No. 4. He maintained his lead heading into the par-5 No. 7, where he found the green in two and made an eagle putt from four feet.

"I doubled the fifth hole but came back and eagled the seventh and birdied the eighth, which was a big momentum builder," said Garcia, who verbally committed to the University of Florida. "After that I was just doing the same as the days before. I knew it was going to be about hitting a lot of greens today and being patient."

After making the turn, Garcia made consecutive birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 to extend his lead to five strokes. Even with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17, it was enough to maintain a four- stroke lead heading to No. 18. Garcia tapped in for par on No. 18 to card a 2-under-par 70 in the final round, en route to a 10-under-par 206 tournament total.

"Walking down 18 I felt pretty good," Garcia said. "I had already done the job so I just wanted to get to the green and two-putt."

After making two eagles to finish at 3-under-par 69, Scott Scheffler of Dallas tied for second with Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas at 6-under-par 210. Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., took fourth at 4-under-par 212. Brad Dalke of McKinney Texas, Christopher Petefish of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Matt Gilchrest of Southlake, Texas, tied for fifth at 3-under-par 213. Jacob Solomon of Dublin, Calif., and Carl Yuan of Lake Mary, Fla., tied for eighth after posting 2-under-par 214s. Rounding out the top 10 was Zecheng Dou of Beijing, and Zachary Bauchou, of Forest, Va., at 1-under-par 215.

Morales and Ashlan Ramsey dueled until the end, with Ramsey tying Morales early after making a birdie on No. 2. Morales held a one-stroke lead after making the turn, but bogeyed the par-4 No. 10. With both girls atop the leaderboard at No. 16, Ramsey took control of the lead with a birdie.

"Ashlan was playing her best today, she made me earn it," said Morales, who claimed her third AJGA victory Monday. "I just remember when she drained that putt on 16. The fact that I got it close to the pin was adrenaline for me."

Ramsey carded her first bogey on the back nine at No. 17, resulting in a deadlock heading to No. 18. After both girls found the green in three on the par-5 final hole, Morales drained her birdie putt en route to a 3-under-par 69 and Ramsey settled for par.

"I'm going to be dreaming about that putt, it was perfect," said Morales about her putt for birdie on No. 18. "As I stood over it, I had a good feeling. When I saw it tracking to the hole, I thought that it was going in and when it actually did the crowd lit up like the Fourth of July."

Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., finished in second after carding a 4-under-par 212. Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., took third at 1-over-par 217. Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., finished in fourth at 2-over-par 218. Yu Liu of Beijing, China, rounded out the top five at 3-over-par 219.

For more information on the Thunderbird International Junior, please contact Abby Liebenthal in the AJGA Communications Department at aliebenthal@ajga.org, or (419) 367-9774.

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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 Ryan Moore, Casey Wittenberg, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Belen Mozo and Brittany Lang.

For the first time in 2013, Under Armour® lends its support to the Thunderbird International Junior. Other major annual supporters are the Thunderbirds, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Charitable Fund, Grayhawk Golf Club and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Final results from the Thunderbird International Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Grayhawk Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7112. Rating: 74.4. Slope: 133
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6342. Rating: 76.8. Slope: 142

Boys Division - Raptor Course
Jorge Garcia, Miami, Fla. (2015) 68-68-70--206 -10
Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (2014) 71-70-69--210 -6
Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas (2015) 70-70-70--210 -6
Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. (2015) 69-70-73--212 -4
Brad Dalke, McKinney, Texas (2016) 75-70-68--213 -3
Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas (2013) 68-74-71--213 -3
Christopher Petefish, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2014) 72-69-72--213 -3
Carl Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla. (2015) 73-72-69--214 -2
Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif. (2015) 73-72-69--214 -2
Zecheng Dou, Beijing, China (2015) 76-71-68--215 -1
Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va. (2015) 74-70-71--215 -1
Cheng Jin, Singapore, Singapore (2017) 69-76-71--216 E
Johan Werge, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (2014) 72-74-70--216 E
Guillermo Pereira Jr., Santiago, Chile (2013) 74-71-71--216 E
Luis Fernando Barco, Lima, Peru (2013) 66-74-77--217 +1
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (2015) 74-73-71--218 +2
Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. (2014) 75-72-71--218 +2
Derek Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2016) 75-73-70--218 +2
Jimmy Stanger, Tampa, Fla. (2013) 74-70-74--218 +2
Andy Zhang, Reunion, Fla. (2016) 74-74-70--218 +2
Peter Thorseth, Virginia Water, United Kingdom (2014) 79-72-68--219 +3
Peter Kim, Metuchen, N.J. (2013) 74-72-74--220 +4
DJ Loypur, Melbourne, Australia (2013) 79-71-70--220 +4
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. (2017) 74-74-73--221 +5
KK Limbhasut, Loma Linda, Calif. (2014) 76-75-72--223 +7
George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz. (2014) 76-76-71--223 +7
Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Ga. (2014) 73-75-75--223 +7
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla. (2013) 75-75-73--223 +7
Luigi Botta, Cuneo, Italy (2014) 82-71-71--224 +8
Thomas Lim, Moorpark, Calif. (2013) 73-76-75--224 +8
Tobias Edén, Karlstad, Sweden (2014) 77-74-73--224 +8
Sean Crocker, Westlake Village, Calif. (2014) 78-76-71--225 +9
Juan Carlos Serrano, Mexico City, Mexico (2013) 75-77-73--225 +9
Dylan Wu, Medford, Ore. (2014) 74-77-74--225 +9
Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. (2014) 75-78-73--226 +10
Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif. (2014) 75-71-80--226 +10
Connor Black, Humble, Texas (2014) 75-73-79--227 +11
Kristoffer Reitan, Nesøya, Norway (2017) 72-82-74--228 +12
Rigel Fernandes, Bradenton, Fla. (2013) 77-75-77--229 +13
Brendon Doyle, Louisville, Ky. (2014) 74-79-77--230 +14
Tae Wan Lee, Orlando, Fla. (2013) 81-80-69--230 +14
Ashton Turner, Alford, United Kingdom (2014) 77-77-77--231 +15
Jacob Joiner, Albany, Ga. (2014) 80-75-76--231 +15
Danny Walker, Bradenton, Fla. (2014) 81-77-75--233 +17
Taiki Yamaura, Sennan, Japan (2016) 81-75-79--235 +19
Jack Hermeston, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom (2014) 78-82-75--235 +19
Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill. (2014) 81-78-78--237 +21
Joo-Young Lee, Hilliard, Ohio (2013) 78-78-84--240 +24

Girls Division - Raptor Course
Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (2014) 70-72-69--211 -5
Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (2013) 74-69-69--212 -4
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (2015) 74-71-72--217 +1
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2016) 71-75-72--218 +2
Yu Liu, Beijing, China (2013) 74-73-72--219 +3
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2017) 75-76-69--220 +4
Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas (2015) 73-76-72--221 +5
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (2013) 75-74-72--221 +5
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (2013) 70-77-74--221 +5
Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (2013) 72-73-76--221 +5
Jessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (2013) 72-75-75--222 +6
Simin Feng, Windermere, Fla. (2013) 72-78-74--224 +8
Julienne Soo, Melbourne, Australia (2014) 74-74-76--224 +8
Linnea Strom, Hovas, Sweden (2015) 74-76-75--225 +9
Karen Arimoto, Howey in the Hills, Fla. (2015) 73-75-79--227 +11
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015) 74-80-73--227 +11
Maria Torres, San Juan, P.R. (2013) 78-74-76--228 +12
Nene Tanno, Mito, Japan (2014) 78-75-75--228 +12
Krystal Quihuis, Tucson, Ariz. (2014) 80-74-75--229 +13
Mai Dechathipat, Howey in the Hills, Fla. (2015) 81-74-74--229 +13
Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas (2013) 77-75-78--230 +14
Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas, Nev. (2013) 80-75-76--231 +15
Marthe Wold, Sandnes, Norway (2014) 68-76-87--231 +15
Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif. (2014) 76-80-75--231 +15
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (2015) 79-75-78--232 +16
Giovana Maymon, Huixquilucan, Mexico (2014) 78-74-82--234 +18
Sofia Linette Garcia Peralta, Asuncion, Paraguay (2015) 75-78-83--236 +20
Roberta Liti, Colle Val d'Elsa, Italy (2014) 79-76-81--236 +20
Shannon Aubert, Champions Gate, Fla. (2014) 83-80-75--238 +22
Laura Sojo, Clermont , Fla. (2014) 86-81-72--239 +23