Barens finds his first AJGA win in Boys Division
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, California, 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.
“It means a lot to me because this is my last tournament in Arizona as a junior golfer in the AJGA.”
In the Girls Division, Corpuz finished in second place, while Bethany Wu, of Diamond Bar, California, 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. Going into the final round two strokes off the pace, Barens leaned on his short game to do just that.
“I could definitely rely on the putter today,” said Barens.
While Weaver was racking up her ninth AJGA win, Barens took home his first AJGA victory.
Cody McManus of Phoenix and Dean Sakata of Diamond Bar, California, 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.
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Final results from the PING Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at ASU Karsten Golf Course.
Boys Par: 34-36--70 Yardage: 6858 Rating: 73.1 Slope: 129
Girls Par: 34-36--70 Yardage: 5977 Rating: 74.4 Slope: 128
1. Blake Barens, Villa Park, Calif. (2013) 67-70-70--207 -3
2. Cody Mcmanus, Phoenix, Ariz. (2012) 67-69-72--208 -2
2. Dean Sakata, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2014) 69-66-73--208 -2
4. Zachary Wright, Phoenix, Ariz. (2012) 72-70-67--209 -1
4. James Lee, Albuquerque, N.M. (2012) 67-73-69--209 -1
1*. Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2012) 68-69-72--209 -1
1. Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (2016) 71-67-71--209 -1
3. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015) 71-69-70--210 E
4. Hannah O’Sullivan, Cupertino, Calif. (2016) 67-76-73--216 +6
4. Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif. (2013) 72-72-72--216 +6
* Won via sudden-death playoff