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Tyler Wilkes (Tampa, Fla.) emerged from a crowded leaderboard while Taylor Roberts (Parkland, Fla.) rallied from a two-shot deficit at TPC Myrtle Beach to win the boys and girls titles at the Fifth Annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Presented by Fujikura.
Wilkes shot 72 on Sunday and finished the event at 1-under par, edging Caleb Surratt (Indian Trails, N.C.) by a stroke.
Wilkes started the day with a one-shot lead, but David Ford (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) and Surratt each spent time alone atop the leaderboard during a taut back nine.
A Florida signee, Wilkes trailed Surratt by two strokes stepping onto the 14th tee when the tournament swung in his favor. Wilkes made birdie on the 502-yard par 5, while just ahead of him Surratt made double bogey on the par-4 15th, staking Wilkes to a lead he never relinquished.
He parred the final four holes to close out the narrow win.
“I love this event, and to finally get the victory is something else,” Wilkes said. “It was a little nerve-wracking coming down the stretch.”
Narayan Mohan (Charlotte, N.C.) and Maxwell Ford (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) finished tied for third at 3-over.
Roberts, a Florida State signee, started the final round two shots behind Katherine Schuster (Kill Devil Hills, N.C.) and bogeyed three of the first five holes, but she gained ground as Schuster made double on holes two and three. Spurred by a birdie at the par-3 seventh hole, Roberts settled down and played well the rest of the way, closing with a 1-over 73.
She finished the tournament at 4-over, good a three-shot cushion over runner-up Yoko Tai (Windermere, Fla.).
“I knew if I just slowed down and kept the same rhythm I’ve had all week and not get ahead of myself, there would be birdie chances,” Roberts said of overcoming the slow start. “I’ve been hitting the ball well all week … To make birdie on seven was huge.”
TPC Myrtle Beach played 6,997 yards from the tips for the boys. The course played 6,018 yards for the girls. The top 40 boys and top 15 girls advanced to Sunday’s final round.
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ABOUT THE Dustin Johnson World Junior
Started in 2016 by the Dustin Johnson Foundation,
Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship is a 54-
hole invitational event for Boys and Girls ages 13-
Those who do not meet the invitation criteria will
an opportunity to earn a spot via an 18-hole
prior to the event.
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