Saturday, August 13, 2011
U.S. KIDS GOLF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Girls 12: Pinehurst No. 3
Clare Amelia Legaspi of the Philippines recorded her record-tying fifth World Championship, after finishing 1-under-par 71 for the day and 4-under-par 212 for the event. She ties Marijosse Navarro in the all-time U.S. Kids Golf record books with five World Championship victories.
“All I was thinking was that I wanted to have a great tournament and play par golf,” Legaspi said. “Since I try to play golf every day, it is important to me for my hard work to pay off.”
“The U.S. Kids Golf World Championship is a big event, compared to some of my other tournaments, and this is like winning a “major” (golf championship) for me.”
Kayley Marschke of Suwanee, Ga., earned second place after a final-round 72 and total of 1-under-par 215 for the tournament. Three girls tied for third place at 1-over-par 217: Muni He of Canada, Jacinta Pikunas of Youngstown, Ohio, and Haley Moore of Escondido, Calif.
Girls 11: Southern Pines Country Club
Elizabeth Moon of Forrest City, Ark., fought hard the final day to beat Youngin Chun of South Korea, after trailing by two at the start of the day. Chun, a World Champion in 2010, finished alone in second place. Gina Kim of nearby Chapel Hill, N.C., carded the only final round in the 60s and finished in third place at 1-under-par 215, and Vanessa Manrique of Colombia finished fourth at even-par.
Girls 10: Longleaf Golf and Country Club
Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J., finished strong at 12-under-par 204 to claim her victory of seven shots over the rest of the field. Monet Chun of Canada earned second place at 6-under-par for the tournament. Samantha Marie Bruce of the Philippines followed closely behind with a final-round 69 to get her to 5-under-par for the tournament. Catherine Lau of South Africa and Isabella Fierro of Mexico tied for fourth at 1-under-par 215.
Girls 9: Longleaf Golf and Country Club
As if an 8-stroke lead wasn’t comfortable enough for Karah Sanford of Escondido, Calif., she shot an impressive 4-under-par 32 in the final round to win by eight strokes. She started the last day 3-under-par and finished the tournament at 12-under-par 96.
Sanford finished the three-day event with rounds of 31-33-32 on the back nine of Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
“I played bogey-free golf for 27 holes,” said Sanford, who had an eagle on Hole 2. “After being 4-under-par for the first round, it was important to be bogey-free today.”
“One of my biggest wins was today,” she shared. “It was so nice to win because I was the two-day leader last year and lost in a playoff.”
Emilie Alba Paltrinieri of Italy, finished in second at 4-under-par 104. Christine Wang of Houston, finished under-par as well, ten strokes back of Sanford. Mogan Du of China, Michaela Morard of Huntsville, Ala., and Suzuka Yagi of Japan tied for fourth place at 1-over-par 109.
Girls 8: Longleaf Golf and Country Club
Romina Villanueva of Mexico had birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 in the final round to clinch a win by one stroke over Mimi Chen of China. Chen finished in second-place at 2-over-par 110 for the tournament. First-round leader Elle Nachmann of Boca Raton, Fla., finished in third place after a final-round 1-over-par 37. Aishvarya Bedi of San Jose, Calif., and Alyssa Dimarcantonio of Canada tied for fourth at 7-over-par 115.
Girls 7 & Under: Longleaf Golf and Country Club
Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Fla., overcame a 2-stroke deficit to beat Sky Sudberry of Spring, Texas, for her victory. Pano birdied the last hole to win her first World Championship tournament. Sudberry finished the tournament three behind Pano at an even-par 108. Amari Avery of Riverside, Calif., finished third, Sophia Louis of Boca Raton, Florida, finished fourth at 4-over-par 112, and Airi Sugiura of Japan finished fifth at 5-over-par 113.
Boys 12: Pinehurst No. 4
Japan’s Koichiro Ishika was tied with 2010 champion Eddy Lai of San Jose, Calif., going into the 18th hole of the final round. Lai missed a six-foot par putt just wide on the last hole, giving Ishika the chance to make par for the 2011 championship title. Ishika had a 3-under-par 69 final round, and a tournament total of 13-under-par 203 (67-67-69). In last year’s event he was tied at the top after the first round but finished in a tie for seventh.
“After finishing seventh, I really wanted to play well this year,” Ishika said. “And I'm really happy to win. I hope to come back next year to defend.”
WonJun Lee of South Korea finished in third place at 7-under-par. Ben Fuller of Birmingham, Ala., Daniel Martinez of Austin, Texas, and Shuo Harry Huang of Canada finished in a tie for third at 2-under-par 214.
Boys 10: Little River Golf Resort
Wen Liang Xie of China and Ricky Castillo of Yorba Linda, Calif., were neck-and-neck almost the entire tournament, but Xie finished one shot ahead of Castillo. They both shot 70 the first round and 71 the third round, but Xie's second-round 66 bested Castillo's 67. Xie finished the tournament at 9-under-par 207. Mason Nome of Houston was in contention throughout the tournament, and finished third at 4-under-par 212. Christo Lamprecht of South Africa finished in fourth position at 1-over-par 217.
Boys 9: Pinehurst No. 8
Karl Vilips of Australia began the day three strokes back, but clinched the win by one after carding a final-round 5-under-par 67 and 210 for the tournament. Runner-up David Hu of Canada birdied Nos. 17 and 18, but came up one stroke short at 5-under-par 211. Nicholas Gabrelcik of Trinity, Florida, finished third at 3-under-par 213.
Boys 8: Mid Pines Resort
Nicklas Staub of Boynton Beach, Fla., went to a playoff with Benjamin James of Waterbury, Conn., and clinched the tournament after first sudden death hole. After shooting the only under-par final round on the back nine at, Staub drained a 7-foot birdie putt to clinch his victory. James tied with Staub at even-par 108 for the tournament. Jackson Rivera of Rossmoor, Calif., was also in contention finishing one-stroke back at 1-over-par 109. Juan Camilo Vesga Solano of Colombia finished fourth at 4-over-par 112.
Boys 7: Mid Pines Resort
Jed Dy of the Philippines made three final-round birdies to finish 2-under-par 34 and earn first place—he shot 7-under-par 101 for the tournament. Jeevan Sihota of Canada finished the tournament 4-under-par with a bogey-free 35 in the final round to claim second place honors. 2010 Champion Jackson Van Paris of Lake Forest, Ill., finished third place with a final even-par 108. Logan Paczewski of Dallas, Pa., and Aaron Zhang of Lake Mary, Fla., finished in a tie for fifth at 2-over-par 110.
Boys 6 & Under: Midland Country Club
Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach, Fla., eagled No. 3 during the final round leading him to a 4-under-par 32 and the win. Kournikova shot 10-under-par 98 (34-32-32) for the tournament.
“I tried my best to go at it, because this has been my dream,” said the six year old. “I’ve practiced all of the time, and this time I was going to win.”
“Golf is my favorite sport because it’s exciting to watch,” Kournikova said. “And if you win, you get lots of trophies.”
The next player, Kuranosuke Shimzu of Japan, finished six strokes behind Kournikova at 3-under-par 33 to finish in second place. Treed Huang of Katy, Texas finished third at 2-under-par 106. First-round leader Conner Ritter of East Sparta, Ohio finished fourth at 1-under-par 107, while Justin Sui of Lake Orion, Mich., finished fifth at 1-over-par 109.