Claycomb, Li win AJGA Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek

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STILLWATER, Okla. – In its 12th year hosting The PING Invitational, Karsten Creek again provided drama down the stretch. After a dominant weekend performance, Canon Claycomb sunk a 15-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to set the new Boys Division tournament record at 9-under-par 207. The mark surpasses the former score of 8-under-par 208 set by Jordan Spieth in 2008. In the Girls Division, Lucy Li birdied the final hole to win by a single stroke at 8-under-par 208, the second-best mark in the history of the Girls Division.

After an opening round 3-under-par 69 that earned him a tie for first, Claycomb carded seven birdies on day two and increased his lead to seven strokes entering the final round. After bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16 that seemed to put the record out of reach, Claycomb eagled the 54th hole of the tournament to jump Spieth.

Claycomb, a sophomore from Bowling Green, Kentucky, was a 2015 Rolex Junior All-American and entered the tournament No. 12 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Ryan Burnett of Lafayette, California, Michael Sanders of Davidson, North Carolina, and Fred Biondi of Port St. Lucie, Florida, finished tied for second at 1-over-par 217. Joe Highsmith finished in solo fifth with a 2-over-par 218.

Li, a sophomore from Redwood Shores, California, outlasted a strong effort from Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to hang on for a one-stroke victory. Kim also birdied the final hole, with both girls finishing with a final-round 5-under-par 67.

For Li, the victory was her second Invitational win of the year after winning the ANA Junior Inspiration in March. Kim finished in solo second at 7-under-par 209, a mark that would have won the tournament in 10 out of the 12 years. Amari Avery of Riverside, California, finished in solo third at 2-under-par 214. Hailey Jones of Dallas, and Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, finished in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Top performances for Oklahomans were a tie for 19th by Logan McAllister of Oklahoma City in the boys’ division and a tie for 10th by Yugeong Son of Norman in the girls’ division.

Boys Division

Name Grad (Citizenship) Hometown Score
1 Canon Claycomb 2020 Bowling Green, Ky. 69-67-71–207
T2 Ryan Burnett 2018 Lafayette, Calif. 76-73-68–217
T2 Michael Sanders 2018 Davidson, N.C. 73-73-71–217
T2 Fred Biondi 2019 (Brazil) Port St. Lucie, Fla. 75-75-67–217
5 Joe Highsmith 2018 Lakewood, Wash. 69-75-74–218
6 Noah Goodwin 2018 Corinth, Texas 76-71-72–219
T7 Clay Merchent 2019 Noblesville, Ind. 72-75-73–220
T7 Akshay Bhatia 2020 Wake Forest, N.C. 78-72-70–220
T7 William Moll 2019 Houston, Texas 76-74-70–220
T7 Parker Coody 2018 Plano, Texas 74-69-77–220
T7 Sean Maruyama 2018 (Japan) Encino, Calif. 73-71-76–220
T12 Daulet Tuleubayev 2018 Almaty, Kazakhstan 74-77-70–221
T12 Shuai Ming Wong 2018 (Hong Kong) The Woodlands, Texas 74-73-74–221
T12 Nicolas Cassidy 2019 Johns Creek, Ga. 72-74-75–221
15 Travis Vick 2019 Houston, Texas 73-74-75–222
T16 Cameron Sisk 2018 El Cajon, Calif. 75-76-72–223
T16 James Song 2018 (Canada) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 72-76-75–223
18 Michael Barnard 2018 Gallatin, Tenn. 77-74-73–224
T19 Sam Choi 2018 (South Korea) Anaheim, Calif. 76-76-73–225
T19 Turner Hosch 2019 Dallas, Texas 77-72-76–225
T19 Matthew Riedel 2019 Houston, Texas 77-73-75–225
T19 Julian Perico 2018 (Peru) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. 73-71-81–225
T19 Logan McAllister 2018 Oklahoma City, Okla. 75-71-79–225
T24 Joseph Pagdin 2020 (United Kingdom) Orlando, Fla. 77-76-73–226
T24 Jansen Smith 2018 San Angelo, Texas 74-76-76–226
T24 Trent Phillips 2018 Inman, S.C. 77-74-75–226
T27 Ricky Castillo 2019 Yorba Linda, Calif. 75-78-74–227
T27 Derek Hitchner 2018 Minneapolis, Minn. 82-74-71–227
T29 Sampson-Yunhe Zheng 2020 (China) Orlando, Fla. 84-72-72–228
T29 Karl Vilips 2020 (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. 76-74-78–228
T29 Cole Hammer 2018 Houston, Texas 76-74-78–228
T32 Kelvin Lim 2020 (Canada) Thornhill, Ontario 76-79-74–229
T32 James Imai 2019 Brookline, Mass. 75-80-74–229
34 Jake Beber-Frankel 2020 Miami, Fla. 75-75-80–230
35 Matthew Braley 2018 Broken Arrow, Okla. 75-77-79–231
T36 Pierceson Coody 2018 Plano, Texas 77-77-78–232
T36 Jun Min Lee 2019 (South Korea) Mission, Texas 75-76-81–232
T38 Alex Zhu 2019 San Ramon, Calif. 77-77-79–233
T38 Jacob Bridgeman 2018 Inman, S.C. 75-81-77–233
T38 Khavish Varadan 2019 (Malaysia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. 75-81-77–233
41 Charles Osborne 2018 Reno, Nev. 77-78-79–234
42 Stephen Sul 2019 Old Bridge, N.J. 80-75-80–235
43 Will Thomson 2019 Naples, Fla. 83-74-79–236
44 Noah Gillard 2018 Greenwood, Ind. 80-83-74–237
45 Jared Strathe 2018 Owasso, Okla. 82-81-81–244
46 Andrew Lewis 2018 Carmel, Ind. 79-75-91–245
47 Clay Seeber 2019 Newport Beach, Calif. 77-84-85–246
Cullan Brown 2018 Eddyville, Ky. 81-80-QWD


Girls Division

Name Grad (Citizenship) Hometown Score
1 Lucy Li 2020 Redwood Shores, Calif. 71-70-67–208
2 Gina Kim 2018 Chapel Hill, N.C. 72-70-67–209
3 Amari Avery 2022 Riverside, Calif. 71-70-73–214
4 Hailey Jones 2019 Dallas, Texas 70-74-71–215
5 Brianna Navarrosa 2020 San Diego, Calif. 74-71-71–216
6 Yealimi Noh 2019 Concord, Calif. 78-74-67–219
T7 Sadie Englemann 2020 Austin, Texas 75-73-72–220
T7 Sophie Guo 2019 (China) Orlando, Fla. 73-75-72–220
T7 Zoe Antoinette Campos 2021 Valencia, Calif. 74-75-71–220
T10 Yujeong Son 2019 (South Korea) Norman, Okla. 77-72-72–221
T10 Hailee Cooper 2018 Montgomery, Texas 73-74-74–221
T12 Lei (Angelina) Ye 2019 (China) Bradenton, Fla. 76-72-74–222
T12 Caroline Curtis 2019 Richmond, Va. 72-77-73–222
T12 Ya Chun Chang 2018 (Taiwan) Bradenton, Fla. 75-75-72–222
T15 Elizabeth Moon 2018 Forrest City, Ark. 76-70-77–223
T15 Jennifer Chang 2018 Cary, N.C. 74-76-73–223
T17 Xin (Cindy) Kou 2021 (China) Windermere, Fla. 75-73-76–224
T17 Rose Zhang 2021 Irvine, Calif. 75-72-77–224
19 Gurleen Kaur 2018 Houston, Texas 76-79-71–226
20 Erica Shepherd 2019 Greenwood, Ind. 73-73-81–227
21 Alexa Pano 2022 Lake Worth, Fla. 72-76-80–228
22 Calista Reyes 2018 (Philippines) San Diego, Calif. 79-78-72–229
23 Nicole Whiston 2019 San Diego, Calif. 75-80-76–231
24 Kelly Sim 2018 Edgewater, N.J. 79-73-81–233

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