Kelly Chinn Wins MAPGA Junior Championship in Epic Playoff Finish
Congratulations to our 2019 MAPGA Junior Champion Kelly Chinn. Chinn was able to keep a calm and cool composure during the final round of the MAPGA Junior Championship at Mount Vernon Country Club.
Chinn opened his first round with a bogey-free 2-under-par and was three strokes off the lead at the start of his final round.
During his final round, he went on to card six birdies against three bogies to go into a three-way playoff for the championship title.
“Getting into the 2019 Junior PGA Championship is a big deal for me,” Chinn said. “I’m excited to move on and compete in the championship.”
He proceeded to drop a 10-foot birdie putt to win over fellow competitors Bryan Kim (2nd) and William Creery (3rd).
"I've been in this situation before[...] I saw the read and put a perfect stroke on the ball and it went into the hole."
alongside Kim earned a bid into the Junior PGA Championship at Keney Park Golf Course in Connecticut. Congratulation Kelly on a well-deserved victory!
13-YEAR-OLD BRYAN KIM BREAKS OUT PERFORMANCE LEADS TO RUNNER-UP FINISH
Just a few days prior to Bryan Kim’s runner-up finish at the MAPGA Junior Championship, he won the overall division for the Maryland Junior Amateur Championship and he proceeded to carry the momentum at Mount Vernon Country Club.
As Kim teed-off the 18th at MVCC he was one-stroke away from playoff contention. His approach shot was just under 100 yards from the pin with everything on the line.
He proceeded to stick the ball within a foot of the pin for a tap in birdie, thus earning his spot in the three-way playoff.
"I have been thinking about the PGA Junior Championship all year [...] I am happy that I finally got in."
During the playoff Kim just missed the green and had to chip up-and-down for par. With Chinn already in the hole for birdie, Kim was able to keep calm and knock the ball in for par. Congratulation on your win Bryan!
AMANDA LEVY CARDS LOW SECOND ROUND TO WIN GIRLS OVERALL
In a storybook comeback performance Amanda Levy carded the MAPGA Junior Girls Championship lowest round, 3-under-par (67) to earn her bid into the 44th Junior PGA Championship.
After a tough opening round 4-over-par, Levy began her final round six strokes off of day one leader, Isabel Bae (2-under-par, 68). During the opening round Levy had a few unlucky breaks with two double-bogeys and a few bogies which placed her in the middle of the pack.
But, recovery seemed to be the word of the day for Levy during her final round. She followed up two separate bogies on Hole Nos. 3 and 7 with birdies, to kick-off her momentum on the back nine at 1-under and soon 2-under after another birdie on Hole No. 10.
But, she fell back to even par after back-to-back bogies on Holes 12 and 13. With this turn of events Levy rallied with another amazing recovery, with a string of three birdies from Holes 14-16.
"I tried to play my round like any other round, just taking it shot-by-shot."
Elizabeth Coffren played a consistent round carding back-to-back 1-over-par 71s.
Coffren attributed much of her success to safe play. “I wasn’t trying to push my shots and tried to avoid trouble,” Coffren said.
Coffren will also travel to Keney Park Golf Course in Connecticut for the 44th Junior PGA Championship.
"I am really excited to go to the championship [...] I've never been to a tournament like it."
Placing third was Bailey Davis who converted 15 pars, but fell shy of a top finish carding one birdie against two bogies.