Porcelli takes boys' title, Kong is girls' champion at AJGA Junior Championship
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME – Jack Porcelli of Princeton, NJ staged a late rally to come from behind and win the American Junior Golf Association Coca-Cola Junior Championship today, narrowly defeating runner-up Drake Hull of Rutland, VT by one stroke.
In the girls division, Jiayu Kong of Arcadia, CA also shot a final round 78 to win the title handily, beating Radi Sauro of Lake Worth, FL by four strokes.
The boys’ title came down to the wire, with Porcelli trailing Hull by two strokes with just two holes to play. On the par-three eighth (the 17th hole of the day) Hull’s tee shot sailed left of the green into a ditch leading to a triple-bogey 6, while Porcelli notched a par to move into the lead.
Both players went on to make bogey on the final hole, giving Porcelli the title.
The notoriously challenging Sugarloaf Golf Club proved a difficult test for the elite group of junior golfers. Fast greens and difficult pin placements forced players to be deadly accurate with approach shots, while dense woods lining fairways required precision off the tee as well. Only two players – Porcelli and Kong – managed to shoot all three rounds under 80.
“I was 4-over on the front nine and that was a little higher than what I wanted coming to into the day,” Porcelli said. “I bogeyed three out of my first four holes so I was just was telling myself that there are big numbers, so I just have to grind it out.”
Among players from Maine, Will Kannegieser of Minot finished tied for sixth place at 20-over par for the tournament. Reese McFarlane of Cape Elizabeth finished in a tie for 41st place, while Gavin Dugas of Pittsfield finished alone in 54th. Drew Powell of Bangor, James Matel of Round Pond, Daulton Wickenden of Rockport, Cavan Hagarty of Bangor, George Doolan of South Freeport, and Kelsie Dessent of Fairfield all missed the cut for the final round.
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.
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