American Junior Final Round Recap

Adam Guedra and Jo Hua Hung win the 2016 American Junior

St. Augustine, Fla. – The final round of the 2016 American Junior at the King & Bear golf course in World Golf Village kept everyone in suspense until the final putt was dropped.

The top three in the boys division was continuously changing on the leaderboard throughout the day. In the end, Adam Guedra of Sweden wound up on top with +2 for the three-day tournament. In the girls division, Jo Hua Hung from Taiwan finished the day with a 73 and won the division with +1.

It seemed the change in weather posed a problem for many of the players. After playing two rounds in beautiful weather in the mid-70s, today was played in much cooler temperatures with gusty winds.

“I felt like I had some kind of advantage today, said Guedra of the cold, windy conditions. Like everybody else from the cold places in Europe, I guess we are pretty used to this weather. When we woke up this morning it was like 7 degrees Celsius or something like that and it was like it was pretty normal in Sweden.”

Guedra said his putter was working better for him on Friday and that contributed to him being able to overtake the rest of the field. Going into the final round, he was in fourth place at five-over par. In Friday’s round, he was one of only two golfers to break par, shooting a three-under 69 for the day.

“I made some putts today, which I didn’t do in the other two rounds so it was pretty good for me. I liked the course very much. The greens were not too bumpy and were very good.”

Hein Situ of Myanmar finished second in the boys division at even par. He finished the tournament at +4. Finishing behind Situ in third was Bas Vermeulen from the Netherlands. Vermeulen finished the day at one under par 71, giving him a final score of six over for the tournament.

Thacher Neal of Kingsland, Ga. lead the first round and was tied for the lead on day two. His final round was his worst of the tournament and he slipped to fourth place on the leaderboard.

In addition to his goal of winning the tournament, Toby Briggs of the United Kingdom was in position to be named No. 1 on the World Junior Golf Rankings. All he needed was to finish ninth or better to win the title.

Briggs came into the final round in a four-way tie for fifth. At one point in the day’s competition, he dropped to a tie for eighth. In the end, Briggs put it together to finish the final round in fifth place at +1 for the tournament. That was enough to give him No. 1 World Junior Golf Ranking.

“Once I knew the tournament was sort of out of reach, like six shots back, it’s a bit hard. Obviously, you are trying to gain, but then it was ‘make sure you finish in the top nine where you need to finish to become number one.’

“So I focused on that. I kept getting Tom (Burnett) and other people to keep checking the score so I knew where I was. Then I made two birdies coming in and that brought me back inside where I needed to be.”

Hung explained that her putting in the final round helped her win the girls division.

“I think putting was the best part of my game today,” said Hung. The wind was very strong and it was similar to my home course in Taiwan so I thought I could control that well.

“I enjoyed the tournament and meeting players from different countries. I can talk with them and learn some language from it. That is fun.”

Finishing second in the girls division was Valaria Mendizabal Riepele from Guatemala ending the day with a 77 and finishing the tournament at +7. Vanessa Manrique from Columbia finished third at eight over, after shooting par 72 for the final round.

The 2016 American Junior is presented by the World Junior Golf Series, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to creating a competitive international arena for youth that will promote good citizenship, scholarship, benevolence, competitive spirit and outstanding ethical conduct through a variety of competitive sports activities and other organized learning experiences. For additional information, visit www.wjgs.org.

 

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