Proveaux drains birdie putt to win Junior PGA

Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., drained a 15-foot putt from

the fringe for birdie on the 18th hole at Sycamore Hills Golf Club

to win the 36th Junior PGA Championship.

He bettered, by one stroke, Lorens Chan of Honolulu, Hawaii, who

had made a putt from the same spot for birdie to tie Proveaux atop

the leader board Friday afternoon.

Proveaux, who shot a final-round 1-over 73, finished the 72-hole

tournament at 6 under.

”I didn’t know Lorens had gone to 5 under, and I was just

trying to put it on the green somewhere,” said Proveaux, a Clemson

recruit. ”I luckily hit it right at the flag. It was a good 15

feet. I stepped over there, looked at the leader board and thought,

`Wow, I’ve got to make this putt.’ Then, I took a deep breath over

it and just tried to make a good stroke. And it went in, and it was

pretty exciting.”

The girls’ side was won in dominating fashion by Thailand’s

Ariya Jutanugarn, who had a final-round 70 to finish at 15 under,

10 strokes better than Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga.

The field featured 156 players from the U.S., Columbia, China

and Thailand.

”This feels great,” Jutanugarn said. ”It feels really good.

Last year, when I didn’t do this and (finished fourth), I hoped for

better this time, and I had been thinking about this.”

The 15-year-old Jutanugarn had 21 birdies, 46 pars and only five

holes worse than par at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The

17-year-old Proveaux had 20 birdies, 40 pars and only 12 holes

worse than that.

Second-place finisher Chan had a final-round 69.

”I tried to stay focused and somehow shot a (5-under) 31 on the

back nine, so that’s pretty cool,” said Chan, a UCLA recruit. ”It

wasn’t the greatest ball-striking week for me. It was just about

the putting. I putted really well the last three days, and I felt

comfortable out there.”