Jr. Orange Bowl: Paratore, Henderson win titles
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Dec. 30, 2013) -- Italy's Renato Paratore and Canada's Brooke Henderson captured titles at the Junior Orange Bowl International Championship on Monday at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Fla.

Paratore, whose 1-under 70 on Monday gave him a 9-under 275 total, made three birdies in his final round, including one at the par-5 18th that sealed his one-shot victory over Germany's Dominic Foos and Venezuela's Jorge Garcia, who shot 69 and 68, respectively, in the final round.

“I knew it would be hard," Paratore said. "Dominic and Jorge are such good players. I just had to work all day and hope it would be enough.”

Henderson entered the final round tied for the lead with South Korea's Soyoung Lee. But while Lee struggled in shooting 5-over 76, Henderson posted a final-round 67 that included six birdies.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Henderson said. “I came here with this in mind and I’m really pleased. Today, I was finally able to get my putting working, compared to the first three days. I felt very comfortable on the greens all day.”

At 4-under 280, Henderson finished five shots better than Megan Khang of Rockland, Ma., and six shots better than Linnea Strom, who recently won the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic.

ABOUT THE Junior Orange Bowl

72-hole invitation-only event. Players must not have reached their 19th birthday by the end of the tournament and must not be participating on a College/University team. The field is limited to a maximum of 72 Boys and 42 girls representing US and Foreign Countries. There are no age categories and there is no cut during the Championship. Invitations are sent out in mid- September. The tournament's alumni list includes current professional players Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, and Lexi Thompson.

The golf tournament is just one of 15 competitions among The Junior Orange Bowl Festival. This volunteer-led, not-for-profit organization hosts athletic, academic, and cultural competitions that draw over 7,500 youth from Miami, the State of Florida, across the United States, and over 76 countries worldwide to compete. The annual marquee event rounding out each festival season is the Junior Orange Bowl Parade, a community based youth parade that travels through the historic streets of Coral Gables featuring high school and college marching bands, floats and various youth and community groups attracting over 35,000 families, friends, and neighbors. It dates back to 1948.

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