THE WOODLANDS – Hailey Jones made it look simple. Jacob Borow wanted two further holes to earn his first AJGA victory. Each nevertheless have been holding up a winner’s trophy on Thursday on the conclusion of the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed Junior Championship.
Jones blitzed the women subject, successful by a whopping 16 photographs over three days on the Event Course at The Woodlands Nation Membership.
Needing solely a double bogey on the ending gap to safe the win within the boys division, Borow made triple-bogey 7 on the 18th to get right into a playoff with Kiko Francisco Coelho. Borow, a senior at Brazoswood, gained on the second playoff gap, parring No. 18 a second time within the playoff.
“My golf teacher Arthur Russell, he is instructed me to neglect concerning the previous, fear about proper now,” mentioned Borow, a Rice dedication. “And that can often get the job achieved.”
Borow and Coelho, of Lisbon, Portugal, ended regulation at 1-over 217. Borow teed off on No. 18 with what appeared like a snug lead. However Borow put his third shot on the par-Four closing gap within the water. He needed to convert a testy 4-footer simply to get into the playoff.
After each gamers made par on the primary further gap, Borow had solely a tap-in remaining after lagging a 40-foot putt mere inches from the cup.
“I simply instructed myself, with the wind blowing so arduous, purpose for the center of the inexperienced,” mentioned Borow, who completed in a tie for 12th ultimately month’s state highschool golf event in Georgetown. “And fortuitously a par gained it.”
Borow’s two putt held up. Coelho then wanted to make a 5-foot putt to maintain on enjoying. However the par try slid proper of the outlet, giving Borow a hard-earned victory.
“My first AJGA win. So it is a big deal for me,” mentioned Borow, who carded scores of 71-70-76 and totaled 11 birdies.
Coelho shot an outstanding 2-under 70 on Thursday, the low spherical, to get into the combo. Borow, who began the ultimate spherical one-shot again of Tomek Pickrell (Cypress), closed with a 4-over 76. Pickrell, who shared third place with Hanseung Chang (Cedar Park) one shot behind the winner, was 6 over (78) for the day following back-to-back rounds of 2-under 70. It is Pickrell’s greatest end in an AJGA occasion.
First-round chief Niko Nebout (League Metropolis) shared fifth at 3-over 219 together with Sugar Land’s Shaheen Momin.
Whereas the boys leaderboard was in transition every day, Jones loved a runaway wire-to-wire victory.
Jones, a resident of Dallas who will play golf at Oklahoma State within the fall, accomplished her three rounds at 4-under 212, compiling scores of 72-69-71. She made solely 4 bogeys all week within the event performed by the American Junior Golf Affiliation for gamers ages 13-19.
“I performed actually aggressive, particularly the primary two days,” Jones mentioned. “At present I did not. It was windier than it was the previous two days so I attempted to play somewhat extra conservative, particularly with my strategy photographs. However nonetheless performed aggressive on some photographs.”
Nobody was going to catch Jones. Her nearest pursuer, Jaqueline Nguyen of Houston, completed second at 12-over 228 with rounds of 79-74-75.
“I wasn’t anticipating that,” Jones mentioned. “I believed some individuals would come up from behind. Particularly the second day.”
Jones, who was enjoying the Event Course this week for the primary time, performed effectively all three days. She led by one-shot after Tuesday’s first spherical and upped her benefit to 9 photographs after Wednesday’s second spherical. She had eight birdies for the event.