News and Notes: Junior All-Star Invitational

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By Amanda Herrington, AJGA Communications

The Junior All-Star Invitational was a 54-hole stroke play event
conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Mission Inn Resort
& Club's El Campéon Course. The 78-player field was made up of
junior boys and girls, ages 12-16, who have had success in this season's
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. In all, 21 states
were represented along with players from eight foreign countries. The
Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,705 yards while the Girls
Division played at 5,927.

Barbaree No. 18 (9)

Top GGGA Finishers

In addition to Arimoto, four Gary
Gilchrist Golf Academy students posted rounds at the top of the leaderboard. In
the Boys Division, Luis Gerardo Garza fired a 2-under-par 33 on the front nine,
en route to a third place finish at 3-under-par 213. Tiger Lee tied for fifth
with 12 pars and three birdies on his final round scorecard. Camilo Mexsen
carded rounds of 74-70-74 for a three-day total of 2-over-par 218 to tie for

In the Girls Division, Mai
Dechathipat went bogey-free on the back nine for a final round 73, putting her
in a tie for second place.

Solomon’s Streak

This year, 15-year-old Jacob
Solomon made AJGA history when he tied the boys’ record for most consecutive
wins in a season at three. While the victory streak came to an end, Solomon
finished the season strong, earning a fourth place finish and shooting a
3-under-par 69 during the final round.

Louisiana Waters

There must be something in the waters
of Shreveport, La. Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, La., joins his friend, 2011
Junior All-Star Invitational Champion, Sam Burns, as the second consecutive
winner from the “Port City.” While Barbaree was coasting up the leaderboard in
Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Burns was competing at The PING Invitational in
Stillwater, Okla., where he finished T15.

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