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Texas golfer wins Junior Championship at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - Tucker Allen of Granbury, TX carded a five-over par 77 in today's final round of the 2015 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Coca-Cola Junior Championship, at the Sugarloaf Golf Club, to clench his first AJGA championship title.  Charles-Eric Belanger of Quebec fired a one-under par 71 to jump from fifth place to second, while Connor Henderson of Southborough MA slid into third place with a three-day combined score of 225. 

Drew Powell of Bangor and Reese McFarlane of Cape Elizabeth finished in two two-way ties for the seventh and ninth positions, with three-day scores of 231 and 232, respectively. 

Allen, who emerged as the front runner in round one, lengthened his lead yesterday with a blistering four-under par 68-the lowest single-round score of the tournament.  Despite a third round five-over par 77, he maintained a three stroke lead over the runner-up, finishing two-over par for the tournament.

It took a sudden-death playoff hole to determine the winner of a three-way tie between SiQin Yu of Brandenton FL, Maisie Filler of Bloomfield CT, and Brittany Park of Fullerton CA, in the women's division.  But, it was Yu who claimed the top spot with a birdie, while Park and Miller tied for second with a three-round score of 237.

Among the other players from Maine in this week's tournament, Cole Anderson of Camden finished in a five-way tie for twentieth place with a three-day score of 240; thirteen year old Caleb Manuel of Topsham finished 43rd with a 248, and Eric Dugas of Newport finished 53rd with a 259.  

In addition to persistent rain during the first two rounds, the notoriously challenging Sugarloaf Golf Club proved a difficult test for the elite group of junior golfers. Difficult pin placements forced players to be deadly accurate with approach shots, while dense woods lining fairways required precision off the tee. Only six players - Allen, Belanger, Christopher Francoeur, Brendan Ridge, Grayson Wotnosky, and Amadeo Figus - scored rounds sub-par, 68, 71, 69, 70, 70, and 70, respectively.

"Each year I am blown away by the amount of talent, commitment, and passion these young golfers have for the sport," Sugarloaf Head Golf Professional, Steve Niezgoda said, "It's a tremendous honor to host an event of this caliber at Sugarloaf, and I'm confident that we'll be seeing some of these young faces on the PGA tour someday."

The AJGA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. Many of the top golfers on the PGA and LPGA are former AJGA members, including Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Davis Love III, and many others.

For complete results, please visit: https://www.ajga.org/Microsite/index.asp?TN=2015102#R3Results

For additional information on the Sugarloaf Golf Club, please visit www.sugarloaf.com

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Noelle Tuttle | Sugarloaf Communications Manager | ntuttle@sugarloaf.com | 207.237.6989

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