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November 19, 2017
Georgia Captures 6th PGA Jr. League Championship Presented by National Car Rental over New Jersey 6 ½-5 ½
Ohio Takes 3rd Place Over Texas; California Earns 5th Place Over Arkansas;
Illinois Takes 7th Place Over New Hampshire
By Michael R. Abramowitz and Hayley Wilson
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 19, 2017) - With Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug looking on, undefeated Georgia vaulted to the mountain top of PGA Jr. League as national champions with a dramatic 6 ½ to 5 ½ victory over New Jersey at picturesque Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 6th PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental showcased some amazing golf, as Georgia (Duluth) took an early 3 ½ to ½ lead through the first three holes and then held on tight, as New Jersey (Hillsborough) rallied back into serious contention.
This is the second title for a Georgia-based team (Atlanta in 2013).
With the final group watching from the tee on the ninth and final hole played (par 5, 465-yard Hole No. 18), the Georgia team of William Love, 14; Harris Barth, 13; and Strug’s nephew Lucas Jinglov, 13, earned a conceded birdie to seal a half-point, and clinch the match. Moments later, their Georgia teammates rushed the green, realizing they had secured a hard-fought national title.
"It was really fun," said Jinglov. "The way we've been treated and everything that's been done for us...It's been a great experience overall."
The Georgia team was on the green in two, before Barth and Love both missed their eagle putt, leaving a short putt for the Championship. Showing tremendous sportsmanship, the New Jersey team of Katie Li, 12; Megan Meng, 11; and Adrian Jordan, 11, conceded the match.
Full story: pgajuniorleague.com.