Roller wins AJGA’s Cameron McCormick Junior All-Star in Lubbock

Photo: Roller (-8) and Fox (-5) are due for a road trip up Texas State Highway 27!

James Roller of Jenks won his first-career AJGA event in a sudden-death playoff Thursday, capturing the Cameron McCormick Junior All-Star in Lubbock, Texas. Roller, who began the day tied for third, fired five birdies, including four on the front nine to finish at 2-under-par 70. The 15-year-old won the Boys Division in a three-player sudden-death playoff in which he birdied the par-5 No. 9. This is Roller’s sixth AJGA tournament of his career.

Hunter McDonough of Spicewood, Texas, and Eli Tran of Lubbock, Texas, tied for second with a three-day total of 8-under-par 208. McDonough, whose previous best finish was T16, posted a 1-under-par 71 in the final round, including a bogey-free front nine and two consecutive birdies on Nos. 2-3. Tran posted a 2-under-par 70 in the final round. This is also his best AJGA finish, with his previous being T6 at last year’s Cameron McCormick Junior All-Star.

Jordan Wilson of Edmond finished fifth, five shots back at 213. Hayden Hall of Owasso tied for 32nd and Jack Gero of Tulsa tied for 43rd. Roller will be a sophomore this fall at Regent Prep, is one of three golf-playing siblings whose mother is Maggie Roller, director of instruction at Cedar Ridge Country Club and a former All-America at the University of Tulsa.

In the girls division, the lone Oklahoman to make the cut was Raychel Nelke of Pocola, who finished 17th after rounds of 72-81-78.

Complete results are here. 

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