News and notes: AJGA Annapolis Junior

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By Brittany Romano, Communications intern

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Annapolis Junior was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at Old South Country Club. The event featured 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states, Argentina, Australia, Canada and Sweden. The Boys Division played the course at 6,597 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,974 yards.

The AJGA makes its first visit to Old South Country Club for the AJGA Annapolis Junior. Old South Country Club is located in Lothian, Md., just 20 minutes outside of Annapolis and less than an hour from Washington, D.C.

Capital Area

Old South Country Club is located less than an hour from the nation’s capital. It is also located just 20 minutes outside of Annapolis. Annapolis, which is currently the capital of Maryland, served as the nation’s capital for a year in the late 1700s.

Near and far

There are 18 players from Maryland in the field this week and one from Washington, D.C. Eric Hall of Harwood, Md., had the shortest commute to the tournament as he is a member of Old South Country Club.

Tatiana Wijaya traveled the furthest for this tournament coming from Perth, Australia. At a staggering 11,500 miles from Annapolis, Md., a one-way nonstop flight between the two cities would take almost 24 hours!

Here to stay

Lauren Gros of Windermere, Fla., has plans to attend Georgetown University after graduation. Gros led the Girls Division the first two rounds of the tournament. She finished with a tournament total of 12-over-par 228.

Sibling Rivalry

In the Girls Division, the first- and second-place finishers were sisters Hana and Anina Ku. The two were in the same final-round group and shared the lead throughout the day. Hana managed to secure a one stroke lead over her sister to take the win, but for Hana, being able to play with Anina was just as rewarding as the trophy at the end of the round.

“I’m going off to college in the fall and this is the last summer that we can travel together for AJGA event,” Hana Ku said. “Having her with me throughout the tournament made it that much more special.” 


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