By Stephanie Dittmer and Jessica Souto, AJGA Communications
COME FROM BEHIND: August Kim of St. Augustine, Fla., was able to jump from sixth place to first to earn her first AJGA victory in a sudden-death playoff. Kim managed to go 4-under-par through her last six holes to card a division-low score of 5-under-par 67. Also managing to jump some spots was hometown boy David Hemann of Evans, Ga., who shot a 4-under-par 68 to move from 12th place to second.
LOCAL HERO: PGA Tour player Vaughn Taylor drove overnight after finishing the True South Classic in Madison, Miss., to make it to the Junior-Am tournament for the event that bears his name. Juniors in the event were paired up with amateurs from the local area and Vaughn went around to each group to visit.
COOL ART: Local artist Paul Pearmann donated a hand-crafted one-of-a-kind belt buckle to both the Boys and Girls Division champion. He spent countless hours working on the pieces to give the champions just one more keepsake from their time in Augusta.
LOTS OF BONUSES: Juniors were able to take advantage of several perks that are not available at many tournaments. Each participant had a locker assigned to them for the whole week and even had reserved spots on the range with their names. Juniors were also able to enjoy a special “Players Only” dining area as well.