Freshman Vogel Wins Major Junior Events

Aug. 7, 2009

USC freshman T.J. Vogel finished off his junior career in grand style with a pair of major summer wins, claiming the 2009 Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 2009 Junior PGA Championship.

Vogel, from Cooper City, Fla., won the Junior PGA on Aug. 1, at the TPC River's Bend course in Maineville, Ohio, using a final-round 66 to win by two strokes. He used four consecutive birdies midway through the round to take control.

'I wanted to win my last tournament before going to college, and I accomplished that goal,' Vogel said. 'I could not picture this any other way, leaving junior golf.'

Vogel, who finished seventh at the 2008 event, finished this year with a 272, one off the tournament record. He defeated reigning U.S. Junior Champion Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Texas.

Vogel, 18, finished only one-stroke shy of the Championship record for lowest 72-hole score, held by PGA Tour player Pat Perez, who accomplished the feat in 1993.

A month earlier, Vogel, a Rolex Junior All-American, got his first AJGA win of the season in the final event, capturing the Rolex Tournament of Champions with a chip-in for eagle on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Dalhousie G.C. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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