John Racciatti Jr. hoists Alabama Junior trophy
John Racciatti Jr. <br>(Alabama Golf Association Photo)</br>
John Racciatti Jr.
(Alabama Golf Association Photo)

POINT CLEAR, Al (July 28, 2016) -- John Racciatti Jr. of Fairhope fired a final round seven-under 65 to win the 71st Alabama Boys State Junior Championship by three strokes over Will McFadden of Mobile. Racciatti Jr. finished the championship at 205 (-11) with McFadden in second place at 208 (-8).

Playing in the second-to-last group Racciatti Jr., a member at The Lakewood Club, got off to a hot start with birdies on four of his six opening holes (1, 2, 5, 6) to quickly catch 36-hole leader Connor Doyal of Homewood who began his round with bogeys on two of his three opening holes.

Racciatti Jr. continued his hot play on the back nine with birdies on 10, eagle on 12 and an exclamation point birdie on the 18th hole. Doyal could not find the magic needed to catch Racciatti Jr. and posted a final round 75 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 213 (-3).

McFadden tried to keep pace with Racciatti Jr. carding a final round 69 but a bogey on the sixth hole and a costly double bogey on the ninth hole was too much to overcome to catch the lead.

“I thought if I could get to eight-under par that would at least get me into a playoff which I probably would have been in since Will (McFadden) finished at eight-under,” Racciatti Jr. said. “I got it going early with two birdies on the first two (holes). Shot of the tournament was my second shot on number 12 where I had 245-yards and hit to six feet and made the eagle putt. It feels really good to be the State Junior champion and feel honored to have my name alongside the likes of Bobby Wyatt, (William) Buhl and Alex Green.”

Racciatti Jr. is not only the overall champion but also wins the 16-18 age division title. Hunter Battles of Tucumbia is the 14-15 champion finishing at 213 (-3), Evans Gross of Birmingham takes home the 12-13 title with a 221 (+5) and Alex Roberts of Birmingham wins the 9-11 crown with a 27-hole total of 123 (+15).

ABOUT THE Alabama Junior

Must be a resident of the state of Alabama and a dependent of a member, in good standing, of an AGA member club. The field consists of four age divisions: 9-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18. The champion will be the player who posts the lowest 54 hole score from either the 14-15 or 16-18 age divisions. A cut will be made after 36 holes.

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