54-hole Boys Division co-leaders Ricky Castillo (L) and Garrett Barber (R)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (November 22, 2017) - Ricky Castillo of Yorba Linda, California, fired a third-round 6-under-par 66 on Wednesday at PGA National Resort & Spa on the Fazio Course to join Garrett Barber at the top of the Boys Division at 12-under-par 203. Lucy Li retained her Girls Division lead with a 1-over-par 73 on the Champion Course to finish three rounds at 10-under-par 206.
The 40th edition of the Rolex Tournament of Champions features 144 of the best junior golfers in the world from 24 states and eight countries. The tournament assembles the Rolex Junior All-Americans with the past year’s champions and members of the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team to create The Greatest Week in Junior Golf.
Past winners of the Rolex Tournament of Champions include Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Charles Howell, David Gossett, Webb Simpson, Sam Burns, Heather Farr, Kellee Booth, Inbee Park, Morgan Pressel and Alison Lee.
Castillo, who started the day in second, made his mark early in the round with an eagle on his opening hole, the par-5 No. 1. The Rolex Junior All-American followed that up with a birdie on the par-4 No. 2 to go 3-under-par in his first two holes. Castillo added another birdie on the par-3 No. 5 to finish his bogey-free front nine at 4-under-par 32. The University of Florida verbal commit added three birdies on the back nine to get to 12-under-par 203 for the tournament. Castillo owns two AJGA victories, which came at the 2016 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club and the 2015 BBCN Bank Junior All-Star.
Barber of Stuart, Florida, is T1 after posting a 5-under-par 67. The second-round solo leader opened his round with birdies on four of his first five holes, including three consecutive birdies to start his round. He finished his bogey-free front nine with a birdie on the par-4 No. 9. Barber, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent with Louisiana State University, has carded 17 birdies over the course of the tournament.
William Mouw of Chino, California, moved into third after carding a 7-under-par 65 for a tournament-total 11-under-par 204. Mouw’s bogey-free front nine started with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 No. 1 and the par-4 No. 2. The Pepperdine University verbal commit added another birdie on the par-3 No. 5 and an eagle on the par-4 No. 8 to make the turn at 5-under-par 31. Mouw’s best AJGA finish came earlier this year at the 2017 PING Heather Farr Classic at T2. He also won the Western Junior Championship in June.
Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is in fourth after posting an 8-under-par 64 for a tournament-total 9-under-par 206. Alexander Vogelsong of Palm City, Florida, posted a third-round 9-under-par 63 and sits in fifth at a tournament-total 8-under-par 207. The pair combined for 18 birdies during the round.
Li, of Redwood Shores, California, leads by five strokes with a three-round total of 10-under-par 206. The high school sophomore owns two AJGA Invitational victories: the 2017 ANA Junior Inspiration and 2017 PING Invitational. The Rolex Junior All-American is currently No. 2 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Aneka Seumanutafa of Emmitsburg, Maryland, moved into second place after firing a 5-under-par 67 for a tournament-total 5-under-par 211. The Ohio State University verbal commit carded six birdies, three of which came on her bogey-free back nine. The high school junior owns four-career top-10 finishes, including a T9 finish at her last event, the 2017 Swinging Skirts AJGA Invitational.
Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, sits in third after posting a 2-over-par 74 for a tournament-total 1-under-par 215. The University of Southern California verbal commit won the 2017 Tathata Golf Junior All-Star Championship.
Final-round tee times will run on the Champion and Fazio Courses from 7:30 to 9:20 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10 on Thursday, November 23.
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ABOUT THE Rolex Tournament of Champions
One of the AJGA series of tournaments that
require an invitation to participate. Format is
holes of stroke play, with boys and girls competitions.
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