Boys Champion Max Orrin of Kent, United Kingdom and Girls Champion Laura Sojo of Barranguilla, Columbia
Max Orrin of Kent, United Kingdom, carded a final-round 69 and posted a 10-under-par total to become the first international boy champion at the Thunderbird International Junior.
Ariya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, prevailed in a sudden-death playoff to become the fourth international girl champion in the event’s 13-year history, and first since 2008 (Jessica Wallace of Langley, British Columbia).
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Thunderbird International Junior was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ. The event featured 48 boys and 30 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and 15 countries. The Boys Division played the course at 7,112 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 6,275 yards.
A birdie barrage kept the front nine lively, as AJ McInerney of Henderson, NV., birdied Nos. 4-6 to take a one-shot lead. McInerney made four consecutive birdies on No. 7, but Orrin pulled even after making a four-foot eagle putt on the par 5.
Orrin took a four-shot lead after a birdie on No. 12, and six pars coming in resulted in a 10-under-par total and a five-shot victory.
McInerney finished second at 5-under-par 211, while Tae Wan Lee of Orlando, FL., finished third at 4-under-par 212. Beau Hossler of Mission Viejo, CA., finished fourth at 3-under-par 213, and Juan Cerda of Santiago, Chile, finished fifth at 2-under-par 212.
In the Girls Division, Ariya made birdies on Nos. 3-7 en route to a bogey-free front-nine 31. Laura Sojo of Barranquilla, Colombia, also turned in a bogey-free front nine, and her 2-under-par 34 left her just one shot behind with nine holes to go.
Facing the same one-shot deficit on the par-5 18th, Sojo took dead aim and stuck her 60-yard approach to within a foot of the front-right hole location. After Ariya two-putted for par and posted 5-under-par 211, Sojo’s tap-in birdie sent the Girls Division to a playoff for the third time in the last four years. Then in a playoff at the 2011 Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Playing the par-4 10th, Sojo was forced to take an unplayable lie after her drive flew through the fairway and finished in a bush. Ariya found the fairway and green, and the ensuing par resulted in her fourth career national junior golf victory. For Sojo, the runner-up finish was her fourth top 10 in five AJGA events. Sierra Sims of Austin, TX., and second-round leader Shannon Aubert of Reunion, FL., finished tied for third at 1-under-par 215.
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Final Results from the Thunderbird International Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Grayhawk Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 7112. Rating: 74.4. Slope: 143
Boys Division - Raptor Course
|Max Orrin, Kent, United Kingdom (2012)||70-67-69–206||-10|
|AJ McInerney, Henderson, NV. (2012)||71-68-72–211||-5|
|Tae Wan Lee, Orlando, FlL. (2013)||68-71-73–212||-4|
|Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, CA. (2013)||70-72-71–213||-3|
|Juan Cerda, Santiago, Chile (2012)||73-69-72–214||-2|
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6275. Rating: 76.7. Slope: 138
Girls Division - Raptor Course
|Laura Sojo, Barranquilla, Colombia (2014)||71-71-69–211||-5|
|Ariya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand (2014)||72-72-67–211||-5|
|Sierra Sims, Austin, TX (2013)||76-71-68–215||-1|
|Shannon Aubert, Reunion, FF. (2014)||71-70-74–215||-1|
|Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. (2013)||71-75-71–217||+1|
|Esther Lee, Los Alamitos, CA. (2013)||74-75-69–218||+2|