Fai Khamborn and Joseph Pagdin both claimed the top spot at the beautiful Harbour Town Golf Links and can now add 2017 Sea Pines Junior Heritage championship titles to their respective resumes.
Khamborn, who attends the International Junior Golf Academy in Bluffton, SC, followed up her first round performance with a stellar round of one under par 70, a one over par total of 144 on the challenging PGA Tour venue. Highlights of her round include a bogey free front side for a two under par 34, carding birdies on the par 5 fifth and short par four ninth hole. She continued that run into the back nine, making two more birdies to help even out the three bogeys to finish at one under on the day. “This week I really had fun and really enjoyed the golf courese,” exclaimed Khamborn as she accepted her Harbour Town Lighthouse replica trophy.
Baylee Evans of Lancaster, SC battled through her round today, coming second place seven strokes behind Khamborn but three shots clear of the rest of the field at eight over par 151. Finishing in third was Norman, Oklahoma’s own Kaitlin Milligan at 11 over par 154.
Pagdin, an Orlando, FL resident, was the only player to finish under par for the tournament to earn his title of Sea Pines Junior Heritage Champion. After a great round at the wind stricken Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love, III on Saturday, Pagdin held steady and shot a solid final round of one over par 72. “The key was probably the up-and-down for par on the final hole,” Pagdin commented. After making only two birdies on the day and three bogeys, Pagdin found himself in the rough right of the 18th green nestled up against the collar. He pitched it up and over a mound, pitching it to six feet below the hole and drained the par putt – which ultimately lead him to the winner’s circle.
Shiso Go of Bluffton, who has had some strong finishes in this event, continued his streak and finished the tournament at even par 143 after burning the edge of the cup, missing a 25 foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a play-off. Michael Sanders of Davidson, NC held strong through the day, finishing third just two shots off the leader at 144 for the tournament. First day leader, Tyler Gray of Lugoff, SC, carded a seven over par 78 and finished in sixth place.