PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 30, 2012) -- Competition was close and scores remained low during the final round at this week’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships on the courses of PGA National.
For the boys 16-18 division, Joey Lane of Great Falls, Virginia, remained atop the leaderboard at the end of the final round, finishing four-under-par 72-68-68-76–284. Lane placed second in PGA National’s “Battle at the Bear Trap” by shooting a 31 on Champion’s challenging 15, 16 and 17.
Corey Pereira (Cameron Park, California) shot a 2-under-par 70 during the final round to move from fourth to second. Pereira had a four-day total of 71-68-76-70–285. Rounding out third for the boys division is Ryan Troyer of Dover, Ohio finished third in the boys division (77-70-70-69–286). Troyer’s combined bookended 70s during the second and third round and low 69 in the final round secured his position.
With an even-par finish, the three boys tied for fourth place are Jeff Lang of Lexington, Massachusetts, (72-71-71-74–288) Corey Eddings of Roseville, California (69-73-73-73–288) and Jake McLeod from Australia (76-71-71-70–288).
Competition was close during the final round for the girls 15-18 division. Marcella Pranovia from Santa Ana, California, took home The Optimist title. Pranovia finished five-over-par with a four-day total of 69-73-79-72–293. Six strokes behind, in a five-way tie for second are Annie Dulman from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (76-77-75-71–299) and Carly Ray Goldstein from Coral Springs, Florida (74-76-78-71–299) who both shot a low-round 71 on the fourth round. Maho Hayakawa of Mexico (70-74-80-75–299), Thamonpat Siriko of Thailand (75-77-73-74–299), and Eunice Yi from Evans, Georgia (75-77-75-72–299) also finished tied for second.