SHIN BOUNCES BACK TO FINISH ON TOP AT AVILA
TAMPA - Michelle Shin of Cape Coral, Fla., shot a final-round 3-under-par 69, for a tournament total 1-over-par 217, to solidify her spot as the champion of the Girls Division at the First American Title Junior Classic Thursday. In the Boys Division, Yao-Chun Yang of Bradenton, Fla., earned his first AJGA victory with a 2-under-par 70 in the final round for a three-day total of 3-under-par 213.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the First American Title Junior Classic was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Avila Golf & Country Club. The 84-player field featured players from 13 states, the Cayman Islands and Columbia. The Girls Division played it at 6,071 yards, while the Boys Division played the course at 6,911 yards.
Shin took home her first AJGA Open Event win of 2007 after two top five finishes earlier this summer. The title was her first since her last win at this event in 2005.
Shin finished the round with only two bogeys and five birdies, including birdies on three of her last five holes to seal the victory.
Rounding out the Girls Division, tied for second, were Devon Brown of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Andrea Messer of Largo, Fla., who both finished at 10-over-par 226 for the tournament.
The 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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 25 foreign countries.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information on the First American Title Junior Classic, contact national headquarters at (877) 373-2542 or visit ajga.org.
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