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Phillips secures first AJGA win in final round of the Goodman Networks Junior

SOUTHLAKE, August 9, 2013-- Chandler Phillips of Huntsville, Texas, carded the low final round of 5-under-par 67 in the Boys Division and claimed first place in the Goodman Networks Junior at Timarron with a tournament-total 208. Vanessa Ha of Allen, Texas, grabbed her third AJGA victory of the year in the Girls Division with a tournament-total 1-under-par 215.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Goodman Networks Junior at Timarron was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 Timarron Country Club course. The event featured 70 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 9 states and two countries. The Boys Division played the course at 6,880 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,922 yards.

Phillips began the round in a three-way tie for fifth but quickly climbed the leaderboard with a bogey-free front nine. He made the turn 5-under-par after carding birdies on Nos. 1 and 3, and stringing together three on Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

“They were all about 15-20 footers,” Phillips said. “I putted really well on the front and really got it done.”

Phillips played the back nine at even par, and sealed the win with a birdie on the par-5 No. 18.

“I told myself before this tournament, just stay in your zone and play your game, don’t worry about anything else and I did it,” Phillips said.

In a three-way tie for third were Wes Artac of Kingwood, Texas, Sam Rosenberg of Dallas, and Raul Hernandez of League City, Texas, all carding a tournament-total 4-under-par 212. Charles Kim of Cedar Park, Texas, came in fifth with a tournament-total 3-under-par 213.

Ha walked away with her third victory of the 2013 AJGA season with the help of a set of birdies and an eagle on the last nine holes. She had fallen out of the lead on her first nine, however birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 helped her refocus. 

“At the beginning I was just so nervous,” Ha said. “But I pulled myself together with an eagle and two birdies on the back and finished the round off well.”

Ha took sole possession of the Girls Division lead when she eagled the par-5 No. 6. She hit a good drive and stuck her seven iron to within eight feet then poured in the eagle putt..

“It feels wonderful,” Ha said. “I had friends and family rooting for me and I made them proud.”

Maddie McCrary of Wylie, Texas took second place with a tournament-total 1-over-par 217. Hailee Cooper of Montgomery, Texas, claimed third place after posting a tournament-total 4-over-par 220.

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