This kid is on a roll: Tyler Watts wins Southern Junior
Tyler Watts (Southern G.A. photo)
Tyler Watts (Southern G.A. photo)

Tyler Watts of Huntsville, Alabama, posted a final round of two-under 70. He fired five birdies today to claim the 51st Southern Junior Championship title with a nine-under 207 total. Watts finished five shots ahead of his competition.

The win marked another amazing triumph for Watts, who just last week became the youngest champion in Alabama State Amateur history. His age record surpassed the one set by Gordon Sargent of Vanderbilt, who is currently competing as an amateur in the U.S. Open.

Collins Trolio of West Point, Mississippi, who finished second with a four-under 212 score. Noah Kent of Naples, Florida and Liam Pasternak of Morristown, New Jersey, each finished at two-under 214. After a scorecard playoff, Kent claimed bronze.

Final Round Notes:

Field average score: 74.59
One eagle and 214 birdies posted in the Final Round
14 players broke par during the final round
Easiest Hole: #5, Par 5 (average 4.61)
Hardest Hole: #8, Par 3 (average 3.42)

The winner of the Southern Junior Championship receives a silver medal; his name engraved on the Perry Adair Trophy; a Calamity Jane putter; exemption into the 2024 Southern Amateur Championship; exemption into all future Southern Junior Championships in which he is eligible to compete; and is fully Exempt with AJGA for 12 months.

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54 hole stroke play event. The field is typically limited to 156 entries, with a 13-14 and a 15-18 age group. Entries are open to male, amateur golfers who have a current USGA Handicap Index of 12.4 or less, and who are not members of a college golf team.

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