Twice As Nice: Incoming Frosh Both Claim Titles Friday
July 27, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Incoming freshmen Rebecca Durham (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and Piper Miller (Laguna Beach, Calif.) each captured American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament titles on Friday afternoon.
Durham claimed the Heritage Junior Championship at Hampton Hall Club at Bluffton, S.C., while Miller locked up the Core Realty Holdings Junior at Old Ranch at the Old Ranch Country Club at Seal Beach, Calif.
Durham fired a 2-under-par final-round score to finish atop the Girls leaderboard at 1-under-par 215. She took home a victory after shooting 2-under-par 70 in the final round, making this event her first-ever AJGA win.
In her third year playing in this event, Durham started strong with a 15-foot putt for par on No. 1, followed by a 60-foot birdie putt on No. 2. She made two more birdies on the front nine to go 2-under-par 34. On the back nine, she continued to widen the gap at the top of the Girls' leaderboard with strong putting.
'I was coming out and trying to shoot a good round,' Durham said. 'This summer has been all about coming out and winning an AJGA tournament before I went to school and left junior golf.'
Miller shot 1-over-par 73 in the final round to win by two strokes with a three-day total of 1-over-par 217. Miller came into the final round tied with Nara Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., at even-par, but two birdies on the front nine gave her the push she needed to hang on to the lead to the end.
Miller said her junior golf career has taught her a lot about patience and character.
'You really know you've become a player when you can walk off the course after a 69 or an 84 and have the same attitude,' Miller said. 'It feels like this win has been long due, but I'm just happy to finish my junior golf career and finally win one.'