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
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
”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.”