Golf News for Monday, June 17, 2013 | Tournaments

Matt Gilchrest captures victory at AJGA's FJ Invitational event

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Matt Gilchrest of Southlake, Texas, won the FJ invitational by four strokes after a brilliant final round that featured four birdies en route to a 2-under-par 68 for a tournament total of 7-under-par 273. The win at Sedgefield Country Club is his first AJGA invitational win.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the FJ Invitational was a 72-hole stroke play competition played on the par-70 course at Sedgefield Country Club - Donald Ross Course. The event featured 84 boys, ages 15-18, from 26 states and four countries. The Boys Division played the course at 7,097 yards.

Gilchrest, who entered the final round one stroke behind three-day leader Carson Young of Pendleton, S.C., quickly scaled the gap on Friday, after Young double-bogeyed two of his first five holes. Gilchrest also got off to a shaky start with a bogey on No. 3, but he persevered, going 3-under-par for the rest of his round, fortifying himself with his previous tournament experience.

"Even though Carson didn't look like he was off to a good start, just beating Carson wouldn't be good enough," Gilchrest said, reflecting on his back nine on Thursday where he went 3-over-par. "Playing badly on the back nine yesterday helped me in a weird way. At one point I got to six up, but I knew it really wasn't over until the last putt drops."

Gilchrest says the win is his biggest ever and gives the future Auburn Tiger self-assurance heading into his freshman year.

"This win gives me way more confidence that I can play consistently well, at any level," Gilchrest said.

However, the win was about more than a confidence boost; it was the exclamation point on his entire experience as a junior golfer with the AJGA.

"I think I have the most fun out of anybody in the entire AJGA," Gilchrest said. "I could go out and shoot a 100 and still have a good time. But this week was fantastic from every aspect. It was just a perfect week."

George Cunningham of Tucson, Ariz., finished second at 3-under-par 277. Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas and Zachary Bauchou of Forest, Va., and Young finished in a tie for third at 1-over-par 281. Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill, N.C., finished sixth at 2-over-par 282. Zecheng Dou of Beijing, China finished seventh at 4-over-par 284. Clancy Waugh of North Palm Beach, Fla., finished eighth at 5-over-par 285. In four-way tie for ninth at 8-over-par 288 were Nicolo Galletti of Phoenix, William Register of Burlington, N.C., Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

For more information about the FJ Invitational, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

About the AJGA
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 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 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.

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

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 Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Final results from the FJ Invitational conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sedgefield Country Club.
Boys Par: 35-35--70. Yardage: 7097. Rating: 75. Slope: 143

Boys Division
Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas (2013) 68-66-71-68--273 -7
George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz. (2014) 68-73-68-68--277 -3
Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va. (2015) 73-71-66-71--281 +1
Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas (2015) 71-71-68-71--281 +1
Carson Young, Pendleton, S.C. (2013) 66-66-72-77--281 +1
Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2014) 69-69-71-73--282 +2
Zecheng Dou, Beijing, China (2015) 71-71-69-73--284 +4
Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach, Fla. (2013) 71-73-72-69--285 +5
Nicolo Galletti, Phoenix, Ariz. (2013) 71-72-75-70--288 +8
William Register, Burlington, N.C. (2014) 70-69-74-75--288 +8
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (2015) 70-70-70-78--288 +8
Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (2015) 72-71-69-76--288 +8
Thomas Walsh, High Point, N.C. (2015) 72-70-75-72--289 +9
Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C. (2015) 73-72-70-74--289 +9
Cheng Jin, Singapore, Singapore (2017) 72-69-74-75--290 +10
Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley, Pa. (2015) 75-75-71-70--291 +11
Robert Deng, Irvine, Calif. (2013) 73-74-73-71--291 +11
Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla. (2014) 74-73-72-72--291 +11
Peter Kim, Metuchen, N.J. (2013) 73-68-75-75--291 +11
Ben Schlottman, Advance, N.C. (2014) 68-74-73-76--291 +11
James Clark, III, Columbus, Ga. (2014) 74-70-77-71--292 +12
Sam Burns, Shreveport, La. (2015) 74-77-70-71--292 +12
Connor Smith, Shoal Creek, Ala. (2014) 73-74-71-74--292 +12
Jimmy Stanger, Tampa, Fla. (2013) 72-76-70-74--292 +12
Danny Walker, Bradenton, Fla. (2014) 78-71-68-75--292 +12
Luis Gagne, Orlando, Fla. (2015) 71-72-73-76--292 +12
Tyler McDaniel, Manchester, Ky. (2015) 71-75-76-71--293 +13
Daniel De La Garza, Monterrey, N.L., Texas (2013) 72-70-76-75--293 +13
Keenan Huskey, Greenville, S.C. (2014) 73-70-78-73--294 +14
Christopher Petefish, Danville, Calif. (2014) 77-70-74-73--294 +14
Corey Carlson, Green Cove Springs, Fla. (2015) 73-68-73-80--294 +14
Fred Allen Meyer, Nicholasville, Ky. (2014) 71-74-74-76--295 +15
Blake Barens, Villa Park, Calif. (2013) 76-74-69-76--295 +15
J.D. Lehman, Bluffton, S.C. (2013) 66-77-78-75--296 +16
Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C. (2013) 70-81-71-74--296 +16
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2016) 71-75-75-75--296 +16
Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (2014) 70-75-70-81--296 +16
Max Greyserman, Short Hills, N.J. (2013) 72-72-77-76--297 +17
Matthew Lowe, Farmingdale, N.Y. (2014) 73-72-76-76--297 +17
Raul Pereda de la Huerta, Cordoba, Mexico (2014) 69-74-74-80--297 +17
Jimmy Makloski, Pueblo, Colo. (2013) 75-70-79-74--298 +18
Ben Dietrich, Bluffton, S.C. (2013) 71-74-76-77--298 +18
Tiger Lee, Howey in the Hills, Fla. (2015) 74-75-72-77--298 +18
Raymond Knoll, Naperville, Ill. (2013) 77-74-70-77--298 +18
Theo Humphrey, Greenwich, Conn. (2014) 73-73-74-78--298 +18
Jonathan Vasquez, Bryan, Texas (2014) 72-82-70-75--299 +19
Carl Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla. (2015) 74-71-76-78--299 +19
Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill. (2014) 76-75-71-78--300 +20
Brendon Doyle, Louisville, Ky. (2014) 75-72-76-78--301 +21
Andrew Bieber, Shaker Heights, Ohio (2013) 72-78-74-78--302 +22
Justin Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2016) 72-74-78-80--304 +24
Jakob Garstecki, Germantown, Wis. (2013) 73-76-74-83--306 +26

Missed Cut
Joshua Seiple, Castle Rock, Colo. (2014) 74-69-82--225 +15
Rigel Fernandes, Bradenton, Fla. (2013) 74-78-74--226 +16
Blake Messer, Hampton Cove, Ala. (2013) 74-76-76--226 +16
Carter Thompson, Tallahassee, Fla. (2014) 76-78-72--226 +16
Ryan Orr, Belleair, Fla. (2013) 75-76-75--226 +16
Matthew Weber, Saint Charles, Ill. (2014) 73-75-78--226 +16
Harold Calubid, Long Beach, Calif. (2014) 75-78-73--226 +16
Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Ga. (2014) 72-75-79--226 +16
Max Mcgreevy, Edmond, Okla. (2013) 76-76-75--227 +17
Kendrick Vinar, Hillsborough, N.C. (2013) 79-73-75--227 +17
James Park, Deerfield, Mass. (2013) 74-79-74--227 +17
Luke Graboyes, Watchung, N.J. (2013) 77-79-72--228 +18
Ryan Celano, Naples, Fla. (2014) 75-73-81--229 +19
Jacob Joiner, Albany, Ga. (2014) 75-78-76--229 +19
Alexander Levy, Austin, Texas (2013) 73-82-74--229 +19
Pablo Rincon Gallardo, Queretaro, Mexico (2014) 77-77-75--229 +19
Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb. (2014) 77-81-71--229 +19
Evan DeRoche, Key West, Fla. (2014) 77-79-74--230 +20
Joo-Young Lee, Hilliard, Ohio (2013) 76-78-76--230 +20
Ryan Cole, Mount Airy, Md. (2013) 73-78-80--231 +21
Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C. (2015) 72-79-80--231 +21
Stephen Saleeby, Raleigh, N.C. (2015) 71-80-80--231 +21
Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (2013) 73-78-81--232 +22
KK Limbhasut, Loma Linda, Calif. (2014) 71-78-83--232 +22
Brandon Pierce, Covington, La. (2013) 79-76-77--232 +22
Dylan Wu, Medford, Ore. (2014) 76-76-80--232 +22
Tae Wan Lee, Orlando, Fla. (2013) 71-76-85--232 +22
Preston Fleenor, Mission Hills, Kan. (2015) 77-79-77--233 +23
Justin Connelly, McDonough, Ga. (2013) 76-79-79--234 +24
Connor Black, Humble, Texas (2014) 82-77-78--237 +27
Taiki Yamaura, Sennan, Japan (2016) 82-82-78--242 +32
Doug Ghim (2014), Arlington Heights, Ill. 75-73-DQ Rule 7-1b



 
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