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.
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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 ninth.
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.
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.
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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