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Kingsmill Invitational: Ben Kruper Charges Way To Victory, Tatum Walsh Dominates Field

 

Fall is surely upon us as the Kingsmill Championship Junior Invitational proved to be an exciting tournament, November 3 – 4 on the River Course, as the young competitors faired against high winds and close competition. Despite the circumstance, Ben Kruper (Woodbridge, Va) and Tatum Walsh (Midlothian, Va) toughed it out and played great golf, coming out on top.

Kruper carded a two-day total 4-over-par (76-70–146), making six birdies throughout the weekend, four of which were during the last nine holes of his final round. This string of birdies just placed Kruper at the leaderboard as runner-up Brad Riley (Sandy Spring, Md) finished two strokes behind Kruper.

Kruper said during the second round he had a rough time trying to save par on the front nine, but on the back nine he began to “drain” some crucial 8-footers to place him at the top of the leaderboard, finishing the second round 1-under-par.

Walsh was tied for first after the opening round of the invitational with Elizabeth Coffren (Owings, Md) at 4-over-par (75). Both of these ladies had more than a three-stroke lead coming into the final day of competition. However, while the majority of the field struggled to convert pars and birdies, Walsh made four birdies against three bogies and a double-bogey to finish the second day 1-over-par (72) for a two-day total 147.

According to Walsh, those birdies didn’t come easy.

“I really just thinking to stay calm, because I really was nervous standing over a few putts,” she said. “But, opening with those birdies really helped my momentum.”

Walsh hopes to continue this momentum through the rest of the season.

Congrats to our winners and Special thanks to PGA Professional Loren White and Kingsmill Resort for hosting. See you next year! Click the button below for the results!

 

 

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Danielle Suh Comes Out On Top at Denny McCarthy Invitational

SILVER SPRING, MD — It was a game of consistency during the final day of the 2nd Annual Denny McCarthy Junior Invitational at Argyle Country Club in the Girls’ Overall Division and at the end of the day 16-year-old Danielle Suh (Herndon, Va.) posed next to Denny McCarthy with the invitational trophy.

Suh carded 3-over-par (75), making two birdies against five bogies the first day and finished the final day in a similar fashion, 4-over-par (76) for a two-day total 144. During the final day, Suh made four birdies against eight bogies.

According to Suh she knew the tournament was close, but she focused on playing her game and let the rest of field play theirs.

She attributed a great short game to her success during the tournament and the loving support of her family keeping her motivated throughout the day.

Trailing Suh in second place was 15-year-old, Hannah Hankim from Potomac, Maryland who stayed fairly consistent with a first and second round 5-over-par, 77 to finish with a two-day total of 154.

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Danielle Suh +4 F +7 75 76 151
2 Hannah Hankim +5 F +10 77 77 154
3 Jessica Rathbone +4 F +11 79 76 155
4 Tatum Walsh +6 F +12 78 78 156
5 Faith McIlvain +7 F +13 78 79 157

Full Results: https://mapgajr.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mapgajr18/event/mapgajr1827/contest/1/leaderboard.htm

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Lou Baker Goes Back-to-Back at Denny McCarthy Invitational

SILVER SPRING, MD — The final day of the 2nd Annual Denny McCarthy Junior Invitational, proved to be an exciting event at Argyle Country Club—all the way down to Boys Overall Defending Champion  17-year-old, Lou Baker’s (Timonium, Md.) last putt—dropping a four-foot birdie to solidify his back-to-back win. Baker finished 1-over-par (71-72-143) to win the tournament.

Baker was in the last group of the day and knew he had to make the putt to prevent a playoff against runner-up, 14-year-old, Matthew Monastero (Leesburg, Va.) who was tied for fourth (3-over-par) coming into the final day. Monastero carded a final round 1-under-par (74-70-144).

“Standing over the ball with the gallery at my back—I was nervous and my hands were shaking—but I knew I had to make the putt,” Baker said. “I had a similar putt on Hole. No 17 where I ran my birdie putt by the hole and had to putt for par—I wasn’t going to miss it again.”

He said that was the first time he had to make a putt to solidify a win, let alone a back-to-back win. But, where Baker said he made the putt to win the tournament, he didn’t play like that all day. Similar to the day prior he made five bogies against four birdies.

During the first day, Baker was the only competitor to card even-par (71), making four birdies against four bogies. But his lead was still marginal coming into the last day as he led the majority of the field by no more than three strokes.

According to Baker, he had gotten behind early the final day as he made three bogies against two birdies on the Front Nine. The streak continued throughout the Back Nine with a bogey as a result of a lost ball on Hole No. 10 and bogey on Par 5, Hole No. 12.

Baker said he came into the day playing aggressive, trying to go for all of the Par 5s.

This was indicative of his final round match-up against17-year-old, Austin Barbin from Elkton, Md., and 13-year-old, Bryan Kim from Brookeville, Md., who trailed Baker by two strokes coming into the final day.

Baker said, he grew up playing with Barbin, who was a childhood friend and he knew Barbin wasn’t going to make it easy on him. On top of that Kim proved to be unrelenting with his short-game. Barbin placed third carding 3-over-par (73-72-145) and Kim tied for fourth (73-74-147).

At the end of the day as the light began to fade from the sky and the air grew chilly, it was Baker who posed next to 2018 Web.com Tour Champion Denny McCarthy with the invitational trophy.

Baker showed gratitude towards the McCarthy family saying what outstanding work they do helping to grow junior golf.

The invitational is the namesake tournament of 2018 Web.com Tour Champion and MAPGA Junior Tour Alumnus, Denny McCarthy (Takoma Park, Maryland).

The field consists of the Top 60 Boys and Girls from Maryland and Virginia:

Top 10 Boys Class of 2019 — Top 5 Girls Class of 2019

Top 10 Boys Class of 2020 — Top 5 Girls Class of 2020

Top 10 Boys Class of 2021 — Top 5 Girls Class of 2021

Results: https://mapgajr.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mapgajr18/event/mapgajr1827/contest/5/leaderboard.htm