Golf News for Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | Tournaments

Robin Wang, Emilee Hoffman win Junior All-Star Invitational in Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- Robin Wang of Lake Mary, Fla., and Emilee Hoffman of Folsom, Calif., secured wins in a rain-shortened Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF. Because of weather, course conditions became unplayable in the final round and 36-hole scores were used to determine the event's champions.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF was a 54-hole stroke play competition on the par-72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The event featured 48 boys and 24 girls from 22 states, China, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Venezuela. The Boys Division played the course at 6,781 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 5,907 yards.

The Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF was the closing event for winners and top finishers in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments.

Wang shot back-to-back rounds of 5-under-par 67 to earn his first AJGA career win in five attempts. The self-proclaimed highlight of the tournament was a chip-in for birdie on No. 6 during the second round. Wang secured 14 birdies in 36 holes, including repeats on Nos. 3, 6 and 14.

"The AJGA has a higher level of competing players," Wang said. "It's another level from other events that I've won before, and players are more competitive. All the best players from around the world are competing here and I'm very lucky."

Wilson Furr of Jackson, Miss., made two eagles and three birdies en route to an event-low 7-under-par 65 in the second round. Furr's tournament total 71-65—136 was good for second, his best finish in AJGA play.

With a 72-68—140, Taisei Negishi of San Diego matched his previous best finish (third), which he also secured in March at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Château Élan. Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch, Miss., and Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Ga., tied for fourth at 3-under-par 141.

Hoffman is undefeated in AJGA play after securing a win at the Junior All-Star at Mira Vista in August. She began the week as co-leader with Courtney Dow of Frisco, Texas, at 2-under-par and retained the lead in the second round using an even-par effort.

"The win means so much to me because I had to work so hard to get here," Hoffman said. "I have been training at the gym and practicing for hours so I could come to Oklahoma and pull out a win."

Muni He of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., finished second with a tournament total of 74-72—146, four strokes behind Hoffman. In a three-way tie for third at 3-over-par 147 were Yujeong Son of Norman, Okla., Gabriela Coello of Winter Garden, Fla., and Allyson Geer of Brighton, Mich.

For more information about the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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About Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, a full-time signature golf instruction program located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., began as an Official Partner of the AJGA in 2009. The partnership features an endowment of an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and naming rights to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series for juniors ages 12-15. Montverde Academy is the full-time educational partner of Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy students.

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.

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.

NORMAN, Okla. -- Final results from the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6781. Rating: 75. Slope: 129
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 5907. Rating: 73.5. Slope: 129

Boys Division
Youxin (Robin) Wang, Lake Mary, Fla. (2017) 67-67--134 -10
Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss. (2017) 71-65--136 -8
Taisei Negishi, San Diego, Calif. (2016) 72-68--140 -4
Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. (2015) 71-70--141 -3
Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga. (2016) 69-72--141 -3
Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2016) 73-69--142 -2
Trevor Phillips, Inman, S.C. (2016) 72-70--142 -2
Andrew Walker, Battle Creek, Mich. (2016) 70-72--142 -2
Devondeep Bling, Ridgecrest, Calif. (2017) 74-69--143 -1
Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas (2017) 75-69--144 E
Harrison Ott, Brookfield, Wis. (2017) 73-71--144 E
Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn. (2017) 73-71--144 E
Camilo Mexsen, Howey In The Hills, Fla. (2016) 75-70--145 +1
Eddy Lai, San Jose, Calif. (2017) 74-71--145 +1
S.M. Lee, Buford, Ga. (2015) 72-73--145 +1
Luis Gagne, Orlando, Fla. (2015) 74-71--145 +1
Hunter Dunagan, Martinez, Ga. (2016) 75-72--147 +3
Colin Kober, Southlake, Texas (2016) 74-73--147 +3
Wesley Simmons, Goldsboro, N.C. (2016) 75-72--147 +3
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. (2017) 74-73--147 +3
Daniel Martinez, Austin, Texas (2017) 74-73--147 +3
Luis Gerardo Garza, Leon, Mexico (2016) 76-72--148 +4
John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (2017) 76-72--148 +4
Hidetoshi Yoshihara, Irvine, Calif. (2016) 74-74--148 +4
C.J. Coleman, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (2015) 77-72--149 +5
Martin Jaramillo, Bradenton, Fla. (2017) 77-72--149 +5
Tailin Song, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2015) 74-75--149 +5
Eric Hall, Harwood, Md. (2016) 81-69--150 +6
Joshua McCarthy, Danville, Calif. (2016) 78-72--150 +6
Sam Jung, Chantilly, Va. (2018) 78-72--150 +6
Charlie Miller, Jackson, Miss. (2017) 73-77--150 +6
Spencer Soosman, Westlake Village, Calif. (2016) 72-78--150 +6
Daniel Connolly, San Francisco, Calif. (2016) 75-76--151 +7
Varun Chopra, Champaign, Ill. (2017) 81-71--152 +8
Zachary Rosendale, Saint Johns, Mich. (2017) 78-74--152 +8
Won Jun Lee, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2017) 77-75--152 +8
Anton Serafini, Lake Mary, Fla. (2016) 78-75--153 +9
Reese Ramsey, Austin, Texas (2017) 76-77--153 +9
Kaiwen Liu, San Diego, Calif. (2017) 79-76--155 +11
Steven DiLisio, Swampscott, Mass. (2016) 78-77--155 +11
Nabeel Khan, Westerville, Ohio (2015) 79-77--156 +12
Walker Lee, Houston, Texas (2017) 78-78--156 +12
J. J. Gresco, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2017) 79-78--157 +13
Blake Smith, Knoxville, Tenn. (2015) 76-84--160 +16
Zhijie (Tony) Jiang, Bradenton, Fla. (2016) 79-82--161 +17
Dalton Daniel, Newcastle, Okla. (2017) 80-81--161 +17
Andy Ogletree, Little Rock, Miss. (2016) 74-89--163 +19
Benjamin Shipp (2016), Duluth, Ga. -JWD

Girls Division
Emilee Hoffman, Folsom, Calif. (2016) 70-72--142 -2
Muni He, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2017) 74-72--146 +2
Yujeong Son, Norman, Okla. (2019) 77-70--147 +3
Gabriela Coello, Winter Garden, Fla. (2016) 72-75--147 +3
Allyson Geer, Brighton, Mich. (2017) 73-74--147 +3
Kaho Monica Matsubara, San Diego, Calif. (2015) 72-76--148 +4
Rose Huang, Honolulu, Hawaii (2015) 75-74--149 +5
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas (2016) 70-79--149 +5
Jiayu Kong, Arcadia, Calif. (2016) 79-72--151 +7
Jiyoon Jang, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (2016) 76-75--151 +7
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (2018) 76-75--151 +7
Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas (2018) 75-76--151 +7
Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C. (2018) 77-75--152 +8
Ailin Li, Windermere, Fla. (2015) 77-75--152 +8
Anna Zhou, Palo Alto, Calif. (2015) 77-75--152 +8
Claire Hodges, Sorrento, Fla. (2017) 77-76--153 +9
Emma Albrecht, Ormond Beach, Fla. (2015) 77-76--153 +9
Riley Rennell, Columbia, Tenn. (2017) 76-77--153 +9
Brooke Graebe, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2015) 76-77--153 +9
Virginia Green, Fairhope, Ala. (2017) 79-75--154 +10
Ana Paula Ramirez, Pachuca, Mexico (2016) 77-77--154 +10
Mia Ayer, Waco, Texas (2016) 75-79--154 +10
Ashley Fitzgibbons, Sammamish, Wash. (2016) 80-82--162 +18
Kaitlin Milligan (2017), Norman, Okla. 80-DQ - Rule 6-6b



 
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