AJGA Junior at S
Jack Maguire (St
Ben Dietrich, of Bluffton, S.C., won the
AJGA Junior at Savannah Quarters in a two-
hole, sudden-death playoff,
while Mika Liu, of Braden-
ton, Fla., overcame a two-
shot deficit and won with a
1-over-par 145 total.
Dietrich carded a final-round 71 for a 4-under-par
140 total and earned his
way into a playoff with first-
round leader Jack Maguire, of St. Petersburg,
Fla. After both players recorded pars on the
first playoff hole at Savannah Quarters Country
Club in Pooler, Ga., Maguire hit his tee shot on
No. 11 into the hazard, and Dietrich’s two-putt
par secured the victory.
In the Girls Division, Liu recorded three
back-nine birdies en route to a final-round
71 and a two-shot victory over Sierra Brooks,
of Sorrento, Fla. With the win, Liu, 13, added
to a résumé that already includes runner-up
finishes at the 2012 Sea Pines Junior Heritage
and 2011 AJGA Cleveland Junior Open.
in his final-round 73 at The Founders Club
in Southport, N.C. Brian Bak, of Nutley, N.J.,
finished second at 6-over-par 150.
In the Girls Division, Diaz, 14, was one of the
youngest participants in the field and said that
she enjoyed traveling from Colombia to play
her first AJGA event.
“It was a long way, but I like this. I’d like to
share (this experience) with new people, play-
ing on a new course with different conditions.”
Diaz managed to finish five strokes ahead of
second-place finishers Daniela Marin, also of
Bucaramanga, Colombia, and Madison Moosa,
of Charlotte, N.C.
AJGA Junior at Sa
Andy Germann (A
Jakob van de Flie
FOUR EARN MEDALIST HONORS AT BROOKHAVEN
Four juniors from three states secured medalist honors at the Preseason Junior at Brookhaven. Chad Ahn, of Richardson, Tex., finished at
1-under-par 143 to medal in the Boys Division.
In the Girls Division, three players finished at
6-over-par 152 and claimed co-medalist honors:
Ayaka Suzuki, of Bradenton, Fla.; Lana Hodge, of
Monroe, La.; and Maddie McCrary, of Wylie, Tex.
Ahn used six birdies in his final-round 70 at
Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, which lifted
him to a two-shot victory over Andy Germann,
of Austin, Tex. In all, Ahn recorded nine birdies
and an eagle in the 36-hole event.
McCrary carded the lowest final round in the
Girls Division, an even-par 73, en route to co-medalist honors. Hodge followed an opening 78
with a final-round 74, while back-to-back 76s
kept Suzuki at the top of the leaderboard.
Ayaka Suzuki (Bra
ROSS, DIAZ HARVEST WINS
AT ST. JAMES PLANTATION
Nicholas Ross, of Dundas, Ont., sank a
15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish at 4-over-
par 148 and clinch his first AJGA victory. In the
Girls Division, Cynthia Diaz, of Bucaramanga,
Colombia, broke out of a three-way tie to win
with a 9-over-par 153 total at the Preseason
Junior at St. James Plantation.
Ross, who finished tied for 18th last year,
started the final round tied for second and
erased a two-shot deficit by carding 15 pars
Camilla Vik (Gree
Cynthia Diaz (Bu
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