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

NameGrad(Citizenship) HometownScore
1Canon Claycomb2020Bowling Green, Ky.69-67-71–207
T2Ryan Burnett2018Lafayette, Calif.76-73-68–217
T2Michael Sanders2018Davidson, N.C.73-73-71–217
T2Fred Biondi2019(Brazil) Port St. Lucie, Fla.75-75-67–217
5Joe Highsmith2018Lakewood, Wash.69-75-74–218
6Noah Goodwin2018Corinth, Texas76-71-72–219
T7Clay Merchent2019Noblesville, Ind.72-75-73–220
T7Akshay Bhatia2020Wake Forest, N.C.78-72-70–220
T7William Moll2019Houston, Texas76-74-70–220
T7Parker Coody2018Plano, Texas74-69-77–220
T7Sean Maruyama2018(Japan) Encino, Calif.73-71-76–220
T12Daulet Tuleubayev2018Almaty, Kazakhstan74-77-70–221
T12Shuai Ming Wong2018(Hong Kong) The Woodlands, Texas74-73-74–221
T12Nicolas Cassidy2019Johns Creek, Ga.72-74-75–221
15Travis Vick2019Houston, Texas73-74-75–222
T16Cameron Sisk2018El Cajon, Calif.75-76-72–223
T16James Song2018(Canada) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.72-76-75–223
18Michael Barnard2018Gallatin, Tenn.77-74-73–224
T19Sam Choi2018(South Korea) Anaheim, Calif.76-76-73–225
T19Turner Hosch2019Dallas, Texas77-72-76–225
T19Matthew Riedel2019Houston, Texas77-73-75–225
T19Julian Perico2018(Peru) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.73-71-81–225
T19Logan McAllister2018Oklahoma City, Okla.75-71-79–225
T24Joseph Pagdin2020(United Kingdom) Orlando, Fla.77-76-73–226
T24Jansen Smith2018San Angelo, Texas74-76-76–226
T24Trent Phillips2018Inman, S.C.77-74-75–226
T27Ricky Castillo2019Yorba Linda, Calif.75-78-74–227
T27Derek Hitchner2018Minneapolis, Minn.82-74-71–227
T29Sampson-Yunhe Zheng2020(China) Orlando, Fla.84-72-72–228
T29Karl Vilips2020(Australia) Wesley Chapel, Fla.76-74-78–228
T29Cole Hammer2018Houston, Texas76-74-78–228
T32Kelvin Lim2020(Canada) Thornhill, Ontario76-79-74–229
T32James Imai2019Brookline, Mass.75-80-74–229
34Jake Beber-Frankel2020Miami, Fla.75-75-80–230
35Matthew Braley2018Broken Arrow, Okla.75-77-79–231
T36Pierceson Coody2018Plano, Texas77-77-78–232
T36Jun Min Lee2019(South Korea) Mission, Texas75-76-81–232
T38Alex Zhu2019San Ramon, Calif.77-77-79–233
T38Jacob Bridgeman2018Inman, S.C.75-81-77–233
T38Khavish Varadan2019(Malaysia) Wesley Chapel, Fla.75-81-77–233
41Charles Osborne2018Reno, Nev.77-78-79–234
42Stephen Sul2019Old Bridge, N.J.80-75-80–235
43Will Thomson2019Naples, Fla.83-74-79–236
44Noah Gillard2018Greenwood, Ind.80-83-74–237
45Jared Strathe2018Owasso, Okla.82-81-81–244
46Andrew Lewis2018Carmel, Ind.79-75-91–245
47Clay Seeber2019Newport Beach, Calif.77-84-85–246
Cullan Brown2018Eddyville, Ky.81-80-QWD

 

Girls Division

NameGrad(Citizenship) HometownScore
1Lucy Li2020Redwood Shores, Calif.71-70-67–208
2Gina Kim2018Chapel Hill, N.C.72-70-67–209
3Amari Avery2022Riverside, Calif.71-70-73–214
4Hailey Jones2019Dallas, Texas70-74-71–215
5Brianna Navarrosa2020San Diego, Calif.74-71-71–216
6Yealimi Noh2019Concord, Calif.78-74-67–219
T7Sadie Englemann2020Austin, Texas75-73-72–220
T7Sophie Guo2019(China) Orlando, Fla.73-75-72–220
T7Zoe Antoinette Campos2021Valencia, Calif.74-75-71–220
T10Yujeong Son2019(South Korea) Norman, Okla.77-72-72–221
T10Hailee Cooper2018Montgomery, Texas73-74-74–221
T12Lei (Angelina) Ye2019(China) Bradenton, Fla.76-72-74–222
T12Caroline Curtis2019Richmond, Va.72-77-73–222
T12Ya Chun Chang2018(Taiwan) Bradenton, Fla.75-75-72–222
T15Elizabeth Moon2018Forrest City, Ark.76-70-77–223
T15Jennifer Chang2018Cary, N.C.74-76-73–223
T17Xin (Cindy) Kou2021(China) Windermere, Fla.75-73-76–224
T17Rose Zhang2021Irvine, Calif.75-72-77–224
19Gurleen Kaur2018Houston, Texas76-79-71–226
20Erica Shepherd2019Greenwood, Ind.73-73-81–227
21Alexa Pano2022Lake Worth, Fla.72-76-80–228
22Calista Reyes2018(Philippines) San Diego, Calif.79-78-72–229
23Nicole Whiston2019San Diego, Calif.75-80-76–231
24Kelly Sim2018Edgewater, N.J.79-73-81–233

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