ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Country Club of Roswell was where the 39th edition of the Georgia Girls' Championship was contested. After 54-holes of play it was Jenny Bae of Lawrenceville to led wire-to-wire to win at 9-under-par 207 (68-70-69).
Bae separated herself from the rest of the field from the get-go thanks to stellar play. She managed an opening-round 4-under-par 68 to start the week with the lead and she never relinquished. As the only player to post rounds in red numbers all three days, Bae was able to breeze through the heat of the day on Wednesday to win by 10 strokes.
Kate Owens of Suwanee finished the closest to Bae to earn runner-up honors at 1-over-par 217 (76-69-72). Sara Im of Duluth, the two-time reigning Georgia Junior Golf Grand champion, finished third at 10-over-par 226 (79-73-74). In fourth place was Ahra Ko of Suwanee at 11-over-par 227 (76-79-72). A pair of players tied for fifth at 13-over-par 229, including Tess Davenport of Buford (77-78-74) and Carol Pyon of Macon (78-73-78). Emily Haigwood of Roswell came in seventh at 16-over-par 232 (79-78-75), while defending champion Ivy Shepherd of Peachtree City finished eighth at 17-over-par 233 (78-80-75). Kimberly Shen of Johns Creek finished ninth at 18-over-par 234 (78-78-78). Rounding out the overall top 10 were two players at 20-over-par 236, including Ava Merrill of Johns Creek (78-80-78) and Eujin Pyon of Macon (85-73-78).
After 36 holes were in the books, the field was flighted based on score. Bae captured the Championship flight and Shepherd won the first flight. Catie Craig of Sautee Nacoochee won flight two at 25-over-par 241 (87-80-74). Flight three went to Amelia Connor of Atlanta at 29-over-par 245 (86-83-76). Madeleine Krueger of Midland claimed the fourth flight at 36-over-par 252 (89-85-78).
The top four finishers at the Georgia Girls' Championship qualify for the Georgia-South Carolina Girls' Junior Challenge Team, which will be played at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton, August 4-5. The Peach State will be represented by Bae, Owens, Im, Ko, Davenport and Pyon.
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