Weaver and Barens Tops at AJGA PING Phoenix Junior Tournament
From the Arizona Golf Authority Golf News Desk
TEMPE, Arizona — Lindsey Weaver of Scottsdale, Arizona took home her ninth AJGA championship trophy after a two-hole sudden death playoff against Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu.
Blake Barens of Villa Park, Calif., won his first AJGA event after scoring even-par 70 to edge the competition by one stroke.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-70 ASU Karsten Golf Course. The event featured 57 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states, Colombia, Mexico and Thailand. The Boys Division played the course at 6,858 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,977 yards.
Weaver carded a final round 2-over-par 72 and Corpuz carded a 1-over-par 71. Both finished the tournament at 1-under-par 209. Each made par on the first playoff hole, but on the second, Weaver made birdie to secure the victory.
After losing this tournament last year in a playoff, it meant a lot to Weaver to win it in the same fashion. This victory was also special for the Scottsdale local as she looks forward to a future at the University of Notre Dame.
In the Girls Division, Corpuz finished in second place, while Bethany Wu, of Diamond Bar, Calif., finished at even-par 210 to take home third place.
Barens’ even-par round on Thursday was exactly what was needed to withstand the competition.
“It was playing really tough out there, so I knew it was not about who was going to go really low; it was more just about surviving out there,” Barens said. “I found out I was about tied going into No. 15, so I knew I had a chance; I just had to hold on.”
Cody McManus of Phoenix and Dean Sakata of Diamond Bar, Calif., finished tied for second at 2-under-par 208. Zachary Wright of Phoenix and James Lee of Albuquerque, N.M., finished tied for fourth in the Boys Division.
Click AJGA PING Scoreboard to view final results for entire field.
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