Junior Golfers Take Home Optimist Championship Titles
Competition was close and scores remained low during the final round at this week’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships on the courses of PGA National.
For the boys 16-18 division, Joey Lane of Great Falls, Virginia, remained atop the leaderboard at the end of the final round, finishing four-under-par 72-68-68-76–284. Lane placed second in PGA National’s “Battle at the Bear Trap” by shooting a 31 on Champion’s challenging 15, 16 and 17.
Corey Pereira (Cameron Park, California) shot a 2-under-par 70 during the final round to move from fourth to second. Pereira had a four-day total of 71-68-76-70–285. Rounding out third for the boys division is Ryan Troyer of Dover, Ohio finished third in the boys division (77-70-70-69–286). Troyer’s combined bookended 70s during the second and third round and low 69 in the final round secured his position.
With an even-par finish, the three boys tied for fourth place are Jeff Lang of Lexington, Massachusetts, (72-71-71-74–288) Corey Eddings of Roseville, California (69-73-73-73–288) and Jake McLeod from Australia (76-71-71-70–288).
Competition was close during the final round for the girls 15-18 division. Marcella Pranovia from Santa Ana, California, took home The Optimist title. Pranovia finished five-over-par with a four-day total of 69-73-79-72–293. Six strokes behind, in a five-way tie for second are Annie Dulman from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (76-77-75-71–299) and Carly Ray Goldstein from Coral Springs, Florida (74-76-78-71–299) who both shot a low-round 71 on the fourth round. Maho Hayakawa of Mexico (70-74-80-75–299), Thamonpat Siriko of Thailand (75-77-73-74–299), and Eunice Yi from Evans, Georgia (75-77-75-72–299) also finished tied for second.
Golfers Move Closer to The Optimist Championship Titles
Scores are low as golfers enter into the final tournament round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. The top 50 boys 16-18 and top 35 girls 15-18 after round days, head into the final round on the Champion and Squire at PGA National.
Joey Lane of Great Falls, Virginia, moves up the leaderbaord to sit comfortably in first with a five-stroke lead. Lane combined bookend 68s during the second and third rounds and enters the final round with a 72-68-68 (-8). In second place is Alfredo Ruiz from Mexico who shot a 69-72-72 (-3) after three rounds.
Jeff Lang’s consistency over the last three days moved him into third place. The Lexington, Massachusetts, teen has a three-day score of 72-71-71 (-2). Corey Pereira of Cameron Park, California, 71-68-76 (-1) and Corey Eddings of Roseville, California, 69-73-73 (-1) are tied for fourth at minus one.
Santa Ana, California, local Marcella Pranovia’s low 69 during round one keeps her atop the leaderboard for the girls 15-18 division. Pranovia has a three-day score of 69-73-79 (+5)¬. Three strokes behind is Maho Hayakawa of Mexico, who has maintained her spot with 70-74-80 (+8). Rounding out the top three for the girls division is Thamonpat Siriko of Thailand, who shot her tournament best of one-over-par 73 on the Palmer course at 75-77-73 (+9). Siriko won the Palmer Long-Drive Contest with a 257-yard shot straight down the fairway.
Four girls from around the world are tied for fifth at 11-over-par after three days of play. Gabi Oubre’ of Mobile, Alabama, Nattapan Siritrai of Thailand, Kitty Tam from Hong Kong, Eunice Yi of Evans, Georgia, and Coralia Arias from Ecuador.
Competition Narrows As Golfers Move Closer to Optimist Championship Titles
The second round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships was one of consistent golf for many of the leaders, and a few golfers moved closer to the top of the leaderboards with impressive play on the courses today at PGA National.
Corey Pereira from Cameron Park, California, has established a one-stroke lead in the boys 16-18 division heading into round three. Pereira shot a 4-under today on the Palmer course to move from sixth to first. Pereira’s two-day total is 71-68—139. With a low-round 69 for the day, Joey Lane of Great Falls, Virginia, moves into second place with 72-68—140. Tied for third is Alfredo Ruiz of Mexico with 69-72—141 and Zach Partin (Lewisville, Texas) at 73-68—141. Partin opened the day with a bogey on #1 but kept his score low with a hole-in-one on Palmer #10.
Entering the third round tied for fifth are Corey Eddings of Roseville, California, with 69-73—142 and James Lee of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a two-day total of 73-69—142.
Play stayed consistent in the girls 15-18 division. Marcella Pranovia of Santa Ana, California, has taken sole possession of the lead after a two-day score of 69-73—142¬. In second is Maho Hayakawa of Mexico, who was 2-over -par for the day and ended day two with a total score of 70-74—144. Moving into third for the girls division is Coralia Arias from Ecuador, scoring a 2-under-par 70 on the Squire course at 77-70—147.
Fourth on the leaderborad is Alexa Hammer from Boynton Beach, Florida, who sits at 74-75—149 after her second day of play. One stroke behind is Carly Ray Goldstein of Coral Springs, Florida, who rounds out the top five for the girls division with 74-76—150.
Scores Close after First Round at The Optimist
The wind was as low as the scores as play began for Phase 2 of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Michael Bishop (Median, Ohio) and Evan DeRoche (Key West, Florida) set the pace of play for the day after each getting a hole-in-one on #5 and #10 on the Palmer course.
Competition is close in the boys 16-18 division. Tied for the lead after the first round are Corey Eddings of Roseville, California and Alfredo Ruiz from Mexico. They both shot a 3-under-par 69 for the day. One stroke behind, in a three-way tie for third, are Brandon Baumgarten of Granite Bay, California, Brian Bir of Cleveland, Ohio, and Austin Eoff of Benton, Arkansas, with an opening score of 70.
Entering the second round at one-under par, six boys from around the world are tied for sixth. Players tied are Jose Chon from Argentina, Claudio Correa from Chile, Luke Graboyes of Watchung, New Jersey, Ryan Lowe of Sandy, Utah, Corey Pereira from Cameron Park, California, and Henry Torres of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
Leading the girls 15-18 division is Marcella Pranovia of Santa Ana, California, who carded a bogey-free, 3-under 69 in her opening round. In second is Maho Hayakawa of Mexico who scored the lowest round of her junior golf career with a 2-under 70. Rounding out third for the girls division is Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, scoring even par on the Palmer course.
Round two begins on Friday, July 27. Scores, photos, news stories and tee times will be updated daily throughout the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Results will be available under the tournament’s information at www.optimist.org/golf. Player updates and news items will also be included on the Optimist Junior Golf Facebook page at www.facebook.com/optimist.golf and Twitter feed @OptimistGolf.
End in Dramatic Fashion for Younger Age Divisions
Competition was close at this
week’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships on the courses
of PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
For the boys 14-15 age division,
Mike Graboyes of Watchung, New Jersey, remained atop the leaderboard at
the end of the final round, finishing 72-70-75-217. Fitz Woodrow IV from
Charlottesville, Virginia, finished in second place with 74-69-76-219.
Rosswell Sinclair of South Africa (75-70-76-221) ended the day in third
place. Another element of drama was added when Rosswell Sinclair made
a hole in one on #15 of the Champions course.
low-round 66 for the day kept her at the top of the field in the girl’s
13-14 division. The golfer from Thailand finished at 73-69-66-208. Maria
Hoyos Villegas of Columbia finished three strokes behind the leader for
the day, with a three-day 77-70-69-216. Columbia’s Cynthia Diaz
took third place with 72-73-74-219.
In the boys 12-13 division,
it was a come-from-behind victory for Ryan Grider from Lewisville, Texas
(70-74-69-213). Grider entered the day five strokes behind the scoreboard
leader. Finishing in a tie for second was Adrien Pendaries from France
(71-73-70-214) and Andrew Kozan of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (71-68-75-214).
In the girls 10-12 division,
Thailand’s Thanyawarat Temyord chipped away at her score throughout
the week and made her way into first place with a score of 72-74-75-221.
Ela Belen Anacona of Argentina (71-75-78-224) and Thailand’s Nicha
Vorrasanpisut (72-72-80-224) finished in a tie for second place.
Guangshi Chen of China maintained
his spot on the boys 10-11 division leaderboard with a 73 in the final
round. He finished in first place with 70-77-73-220. Finishing in a tie
for second place was Japan’s Yuki Moriyama (81-73-75-229) and Mexico’s
Alejandro Madariaga (77-76-76-229).
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