Optimist Junior Championships wrap up
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 30, 2012) -- Competition was close and scores remained low during the final round at this week’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships on the courses of PGA National.

For the boys 16-18 division, Joey Lane of Great Falls, Virginia, remained atop the leaderboard at the end of the final round, finishing four-under-par 72-68-68-76–284. Lane placed second in PGA National’s “Battle at the Bear Trap” by shooting a 31 on Champion’s challenging 15, 16 and 17.

Corey Pereira (Cameron Park, California) shot a 2-under-par 70 during the final round to move from fourth to second. Pereira had a four-day total of 71-68-76-70–285. Rounding out third for the boys division is Ryan Troyer of Dover, Ohio finished third in the boys division (77-70-70-69–286). Troyer’s combined bookended 70s during the second and third round and low 69 in the final round secured his position.

With an even-par finish, the three boys tied for fourth place are Jeff Lang of Lexington, Massachusetts, (72-71-71-74–288) Corey Eddings of Roseville, California (69-73-73-73–288) and Jake McLeod from Australia (76-71-71-70–288).

Competition was close during the final round for the girls 15-18 division. Marcella Pranovia from Santa Ana, California, took home The Optimist title. Pranovia finished five-over-par with a four-day total of 69-73-79-72–293. Six strokes behind, in a five-way tie for second are Annie Dulman from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (76-77-75-71–299) and Carly Ray Goldstein from Coral Springs, Florida (74-76-78-71–299) who both shot a low-round 71 on the fourth round. Maho Hayakawa of Mexico (70-74-80-75–299), Thamonpat Siriko of Thailand (75-77-73-74–299), and Eunice Yi from Evans, Georgia (75-77-75-72–299) also finished tied for second.

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ABOUT THE Optimist International Junior

72-hole stroke play tournament. Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18. To be eligible, golfers may not be enrolled in college. Each year, more than 600 golfers participate in The Optimist. Junior golfers from the United States and Canada must qualify via one of 50+ Optimist District qualifiers. International golfers qualify through their national federation or the at large application process.

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