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Keeping it the family, Maxwell Ford wins AJGA Wyndham title
Maxwell Ford won his first AJGA title at the Wyndham Invitational (courtesy of AJGA)
Maxwell Ford won his first AJGA title at the Wyndham Invitational (courtesy of AJGA)

Maxwell Ford of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, had 12 birdies and two eagles en route to his first AJGA Invitational victory at 7-under-par 273 at the Wyndham Invitational presented by Truist.

The University of Georgia signee fired rounds of 70-68-69-66 to finish five strokes clear of the field. Ford held on to his third round one-stroke lead, carding four birdies on the back nine, including one on the 72nd hole, to capture his first AJGA win since 2018.

“I hit it really well all day and putted well too,” said Ford. “It was probably one of the better rounds I've played in my life. I think it's more special to win here than it is to win on a non-PGA Tour course. I might see this course somewhere down the road if I'm lucky. It feels really good to win and it's a lot of validation knowing that I can play a course this challenging, this tight and with this fast of greens."

Ford's twin brother and UNC signee, David, won the 2020 AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield one year ago shooting a tournament total 8-under-par 272. This is the first time in AJGA history that two male siblings have won the same event in back-to-back years.

It also marks the first time in 21 years that a set of siblings has won the same event in back-to-back years. The last siblings to accomplish the feat were sisters Naree and Aree Song Wongluekiet at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Carter Loflin of Duluth, Georgia, finished in second place after carding the low round of the day at 4-under-par 66 along with Ford. The Univerisity of Georgia verbal commit had 16 bogey-free holes and 18 birdies over four rounds, helping him secure his second top-five finish of 2021 at 2-under-par 278.

Also tied for second place was Nicholas Dunlap of Huntsville, Alabama. The 2019 Wyndham Cup East Team Player and Rolex AJGA Junior All-American also carded 18 birdies total for a score of 2-under-par 278. This is Dunlap's second top-five finish of 2021. The University of Alabama verbal commit most recently won the Dustin Johnson World Junior in May.

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ABOUT THE AJGA Wyndham Invitational

72-hole invitational stroke play championship for boys aged 12-19. Cut after 54 holes. Almost 100 past participants have made the jump from playing the AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield to the PGA Tour. Past champions include 12-time PGA Tour winner Justin Thomas and 2-time winner Brian Harman.

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