Pagdin, Khamborn take Sea Pines Junior Heritage

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.

FINAL RESULTS:  BOYS | GIRLS

Gray, Khamborn Grab Early Leads

Tyler Gray (Lugoff, SC) lead a contingent of only four players to shoot under par during the opening round of the 2017 Sea Pines Junior Heritage at the newly renovated Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love, III. His four under par 68 was an outstanding round in the chilly and blustery conditions. Fai Khamborn (Bluffton, SC) raced to the front of the girls’ field as she carded a two over par round of 74. Khamborn holds a three shot advantage heading into the final round on the famed Harbour Town Golf Links on Sunday, while Gray sits on a one shot cushion.

Gray made his round rather exciting throughout the day. His front nine included four birdies, three bogeys and only two pars, while the second nine included an eagle, double bogey and three birdies to post his tournament low of 68. “It was an overall good round. Didn’t make any bad mistakes, didn’t do anything wrong,” Gray commented. Michael Sanders (Davidson, NC) matched Gray on the second nine posting a three under 33 and but coming up one stroke short heading into the final round. The other two players under par include Shiso Go (Bluffton, SC), who lead after day one in the 2016 Sea Pines Junior Heritage, and Joseph Pagdin (Orlando, FL) who both sit two shots off the lead at two under 70.

Khamborn fired three birdies on the day but five bogeys during her round, carding an opening round two over par. Reflecting on her round, Khamborn noted, “it was pretty cold, I just told myself ‘play your game’ shot by shot.” Numerous players are on the heels of Khamborn, only three shots back at five over 77 including Baylee Evans (Lancaster), Tracy Lee (Howey-in-the-Hills, FL), Claire Hodges (Sorrento, FL) and Kathleen Sumner (Daniel Island, SC).

The final round will be hosted by Harbour Town Golf Links. The event is conducted by the SCJGA and the Sea Pines Resort. Titleist, Foot Joy, and the Heritage Classic Foundation are vital partners of this championship along with Coca Cola.