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Jenkins, Warner finish atop tight Bubba Conlee leaderboard
Therese Warner (AJGA photo)
Therese Warner (AJGA photo)

BARTLETT, Tenn. (July 26, 2018) – Spencer Jenkins’ back-nine was not particularly exciting as he played his way to the Bubba Conlee title, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing when you’re trying to win a prestigious junior event. Jenkins, of Eads, Tenn., strung together nine consecutive pars on his way to a 2-under 68 at Quail Ridge Golf Course. It gave him a two-shot victory over Austin Coggin of Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Jenkins and Coggin began the day tied for the lead at 5 under, but Jenkins’ final-round 68 made the difference. Coggin was 3 under on his front nine but 3 over on the back. An even-par 70 left him 5 under for the event while Jenkins was 7 under.

In the girls division, Therese Warner of Kennewick, Wash., earned a slim victory over Joyce Jin of Encinitas, Calif., and Megan Propeck of Leawood, Kan.

Warner opened with rounds of 69-67 but slipped to 2-over 74 on Thursday (the girls played to a par 72). She still managed to finish at 6 under. Her pursuers finished 54 holes at 5 under.

ABOUT THE Bubba Conlee National Junior

The Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament, one of the MidSouth’s finest junior events, is dedicated to the life of James Larry "Bubba" Conlee, Jr., one of the best young golfers in the Mid-South who tragically died at the peak of his junior golf career.

Format is 54 holes of stroke play. Players eligible must be no more than 18 years of age by the start of the tournament.

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