Jack Glenn of Stillwater, Okla., and Camille Boyd of Shanghai, China, came away with victories Thursday at the 6th AJGA Kansas Junior Golf Championship at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course. Both are first-time AJGA winners.
Glenn survived a tight battle down to the wire, finishing Thursday’s round with an even-par 72 to end up at 1-under-par 215 while Ryou Hisatsune of Okayama, Japan, was one shot back at 216, also firing a 72 on the final day.
Cooper Schultz of Wichita, who had the low rounds of the final two days, shot his second straight 3-under 69 to finish in a three-way tie for third at 217 with Gaven Lane of Argyle, Texas, and Luke Morgan of Guthrie, Okla. Those two shot final round 71s.
It was another struggling round for Garden City’s Sion Audrain, the lone area golfer to make the 36-hole cut.
After shooting a 2-under-par 70 Wednesday to pull into a tie for 16th place at 148, Audrain could do no better than match his opening day round of 6-over-par 78 to finish the tournament at 10-over par (226). That put him in a three-way tie for 26th in the final field of 51 players, trimmed from the original field of 98 contestants.
Just like his opening round, Audrain was unable to make any birdies in the final 18 holes, making three bogeys on his first nine holes of the day (the course's back nine) and then making a triple bogey on the par-4 7th.
Audrain, who won both the 2016 and 2017 Kansas Golf Association High Plains Amateur at The Golf Club at Southwind, will be playing later in July in the 108th Kansas Amateur Championship at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, north of Topeka. A number of other Garden City players also will playing in the Amateur.
Players had to battle another blustery day of windy conditions Thursday, as the warm summer southerly wind increased from 8 mph at the 7:20 a.m. starting time to as much as 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
That created havoc for most of the field of 51 boys and 18 girls who had made the 36-hole cut.
In the girls division, Boyd shot a 1-under-par 71 on the final day to finish at 1-under 215 for the three-day, 54-hole event and come away with a three-shot victory over Bentley Cotton (71) and Nao Ohbayashi (78), who were a 2-over 218.
Boyd had trailed Ohbayashi by four shots heading into the final 18 holes. Ohbayashi had been in the lead or tied since day one with rounds of 72-68, but struggled in the final round.
Other Garden City and area golfers who competed, but didn’t make the 36-hole cut included Jarett Richmeier of Garden City on the boys side, and Garden City’s Alyssa McMillen and Johnson City’s Rylie Cook on the girls side.
In the six-year history of the tournament, Garden City's Taylor Larsen, in 2016, captured the title, as the only area golfer to do so.