Goodwin, Griffin Take All-Star Titles

Friday, June 6, 2014 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

RINGGOLD, Ga.— Tournament play at the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star wrapped up Thursday with Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, setting a tournament record with a 13-under-par 200 to win his first AJGA event. Kendall Griffin of Sebring, Florida, also took home her first AJGA title with a 2-under-par 211 to top the Girls Division.

The Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star was one of 14 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.

Goodwin’s score is the lowest 54-hole total at the tournament since William Miller, a 2007 graduate, shot a 9-under-par 201 on the par-70 layout in 2006. He led the Boys Division throughout the entire tournament and notched four-of-five third-round birdies on the back nine to pull ahead of the competition.  

“I can’t really describe how I feel right now,” Goodwin said. “I’m super excited right now and on the last putt it was a huge relief to be done with it. I’m confident now that I can play in AJGA tournaments and that I can win, but at the same time it’s going to be a new tournament every week.”

Michael Sanders of Davidson, North Carolina, was tied with Goodwin for the lead heading into the final round and finished second with a 10-over-par 203. Trent Phillips of Inman, South Carolina, placed third at 9-under-par 204. Rounding out the top-five boys were Ryan Grider of Lewisville, Texas, and Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, Virginia, who shot 7-under-par 206 to tie for fourth.

In the Girls Division, Griffin held onto her second-round lead and carded three birdies to win her first AJGA event. She was the only girl to conclude play under par and did not post a round above par throughout.

“I had a good day today and I was really consistent this week which was good,” Griffin said. “This win definitely gives me more confidence and I’ve always wanted to win an AJGA event and this is really cool for me. I honestly don’t even know what other tournament I could win that would be better than this.”

Morgan Baxendale of Windermere, Florida, finished second after posting a 3-over-par 216.  Sera Tadokoro of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, rounded out the top three at 5-over-par 218. 

For more information about the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

About Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy       

              The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, located near Orlando, Fla., in Howey-in-the-Hills at Bishops Gate Golf & Lakeside Community, is the world’s premier junior golf academy. In addition to the junior golf program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults.

               The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through exclusive relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association.

               Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, has been recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2013-2014 and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. Gilchrist teaches many of the games top juniors and pros at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, of which include: Morgan Hoffmann, Shanshan Feng, Sandra Gal and many more.

About the AJGA

               American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 6,000 members from all 50 states and more than 45 foreign countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

            Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

            AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

 

 

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RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Final results from the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at WindStone Golf Club.
Boys Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 6393. Rating: 71.1. Slope: 132
Girls Par: 35-36--71. Yardage: 5699. Rating: 73.2. Slope: 130

Boys Division 

Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas (2018)      63-69-68--200     -13 
Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C. (2018)      65-67-71--203     -10 
Trent Phillips, Inman, S.C. (2018)      66-67-71--204     -9 
Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas (2017)      68-68-70--206     -7 
Andrew Spiegler, Abingdon, Va. (2017)      67-70-69--206     -7 
Jake Milanowski, Peachtree City, Ga. (2017)      70-66-71--207     -6 
Spenser Slayden, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2017)      71-67-69--207     -6 
Noah Gillard, Greenwood, Ind. (2018)      68-71-68--207     -6 
Shuai Ming Wong, Beijing, China (2018)      68-70-70--208     -5 
Evan Sun, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2018)      68-67-73--208     -5 
Andrew Kozan, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (2017)      73-67-69--209     -4 
Tyler Lipscomb, Carrollton, Ga. (2019)      73-68-69--210     -3 
JonErik Alford, Roswell, Ga. (2017)      68-68-74--210     -3 
Cullan Brown, Eddyville, Ky. (2018)      73-70-70--213     E 
Brady Keran, Canton, Ga. (2017)      72-71-70--213     E 
Luke Scealf, Knoxville, Tenn. (2017)      70-71-72--213     E 
Luke Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga. (2016)      68-74-72--214     +1 
Simms Abney, Madison, Miss. (2019)      77-71-67--215     +2 
Preston Topper, Suwanee, Ga. (2019)      70-69-76--215     +2 
Tennoshin Ogawa, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017)      67-72-76--215     +2 
Zachary Huebner, Longwood, Fla. (2017)      76-69-71--216     +3 
Jake Grula, Winter Park, Fla. (2017)      70-74-72--216     +3 
Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, N.Y. (2017)      71-72-73--216     +3 
Alberto Martinez, Weston, Fla. (2018)      72-70-74--216     +3 
Justin Kim, Rome, Ga. (2017)      71-71-74--216     +3 
Devan Prabhakar, Dallas, Texas (2017)      69-72-75--216     +3 
Mark Reppe, Dallas, Texas (2017)      71-78-69--218     +5 
Josef Dransfeld, Huntington, W.Va. (2018)      72-70-76--218     +5 
Patrick Wu, Winter Garden, Fla. (2017)      76-71-72--219     +6 
Taisuke Ono, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017)      74-69-76--219     +6 
Kyle Spencer, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (2017)      73-70-76--219     +6 
Frankie Capan, Phoenix, Ariz. (2018)      71-77-72--220     +7 
Jackson Suber, Tampa, Fla. (2018)      71-75-74--220     +7 
Alex Hu, Lake Mary, Fla. (2018)      72-75-74--221     +8 
Kyle Cottam, Knoxville, Tenn. (2017)      72-76-73--221     +8 
Garrett deFisser, Gilbert, Ariz. (2017)      75-72-74--221     +8 
Winston Margaritis, Collierville, Tenn. (2018)      75-71-75--221     +8 
Andrew Lafferty, Milton, Ga. (2017)      74-72-75--221     +8 
Luka Karaulic, Lawrenceville, Ga. (2018)      75-72-75--222     +9 
Sam Warkentin, Bainbridge Island, Wash. (2016)      76-73-73--222     +9 
Sam McGee, Charlotte, N.C. (2017)      69-77-76--222     +9 
Justin Hickman, Chickamauga, Ga. (2017)      74-72-76--222     +9 
Nicholas Mejia, Woodstock, Md. (2017)      73-70-79--222     +9 
Jack Heath, Charlotte, N.C. (2020)      73-75-75--223     +10 
Andrew Wood, Zionsville, Ind. (2018)      74-72-77--223     +10 
Matt Liddon, Yazoo City, Miss. (2017)      76-73-74--223     +10 
Connery Meyer, Marietta, Ga. (2020)      73-73-78--224     +11 
Harrison Yu, La Quinta, Calif. (2017)      71-77-77--225     +12 
Graham Corbin, Inman, S.C. (2019)      70-80-75--225     +12 
Jack Brea, Charlotte, N.C. (2017)      76-76-73--225     +12 
Austin Fulton, Villa Rica, Ga. (2017)      71-74-80--225     +12 
David Gao, Bradenton, Fla. (2017)      72-77-77--226     +13 
Alex Markham, Dacula, Ga. (2017)      75-75-77--227     +14 
Connor McKinnon, Johns Creek, Ga. (2017)      75-79-73--227     +14 
B. Davis Smith, Atlanta, Ga. (2017)      82-75-70--227     +14 
Parker Gillam, Cary, N.C. (2017)      76-78-75--229     +16 
Grant Smith, Charlotte, N.C. (2019)      75-79-76--230     +17 
Evan Spence, Ooltewah, Tenn. (2016)      79-76-75--230     +17 
Bradley Plaziak, Alpharetta, Ga. (2017)      79-75-78--232     +19 
Jordan Rodriguez, Buford, Ga. (2018)      75-82-75--232     +19 
Davis Kirk, Dalton, Ga. (2017)      78-80-75--233     +20 
Cole Manion, Clarkson, Ky. (2016)      81-74-79--234     +21 
Harrison Corbin, Inman, S.C. (2018)      74-83-77--234     +21 
Eric Brown, Lake Charles, La. (2017)      76-77-82--235     +22 
Tyson Venable, Chattanooga, Tenn. (2017)      73-78-86--237     +24 
Owen Sertl, Marietta, Ga. (2017)      80-83-75--238     +25 
Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (2017)      78-78-83--239     +26 
Andrew Mora, Douglasville, Ga. (2017)      77-80-83--240     +27 
William Miller, Beaumont, Texas (2016)      78-78-85--241     +28 
Alexander Yun, Weston, Mass. (2018)      77-85-79--241     +28 
Patten Williams, Davidson, N.C. (2017)      79-90-82--251     +38 
Thomas Allkins (2017),  Lake Mary, Fla.  71-73-JWD 

Girls Division 

Kendall Griffin, Sebring, Fla. (2017)      71-70-70--211     -2
Morgan Baxendale, Windermere, Fla. (2017)      67-76-73--216     +3
Sera Tadokoro, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017)      72-71-75--218     +5
Hiu Lam Vanessa Yan, Bradenton, Fla. (2017)      72-74-74--220     +7
Ashley Zagers, Oldsmar, Fla. (2017)      74-74-73--221     +8
Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (2020)      73-75-74--222     +9
Brooke Sansom, Pike Road, Ala. (2018)      72-75-76--223     +10
Alison Chang, Walnut, Calif. (2016)      75-72-76--223     +10
Ivy Shepherd, Peachtree City, Ga. (2018)      76-73-75--224     +11
Abigail Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (2017)      73-76-76--225     +12
Kelsey Zeng, Orlando, Fla. (2017)      72-81-74--227     +14
Sammi Blackburn, Monroe, Ohio (2017)      78-73-77--228     +15
Megan Hou, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2016)      78-76-80--234     +21
Julianna Collett, St. Simons Island, Ga. (2016)      79-78-77--234     +21
Sophie Guo, Bluffton, S.C. (2019)      83-77-74--234     +21
Anabelle Chang, Walnut, Calif. (2017)      78-80-77--235     +22
Grace Massengill, Hickory, N.C. (2016)      84-76-76--236     +23
Felicia Chang, La Habra Heights, Calif. (2016)      83-74-85--242     +29
Alyssa Montgomery, Knoxville, Tenn. (2019)      80-85-79--244     +31
Oi Lam Michelle Yan, Bradenton, Fla. (2016)      86-82-82--250     +37
Amelia Root, Jacksonville, Fla. (2018)      83-87-83--253     +40
Rheagan Hall, Charleston, Tenn. (2018)      87-84-83--254     +41
McKenzie Frizzell, Ringgold, Ga. (2018)      89-91-84--264     +51
Keagan Dunn (2018),  Buford, Ga.  80-81-JWD 


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