ORLANDO – Christina Surcey’s par on the second playoff hole took her to a win over Jessica Guiser in the girls’ division of the Golfweek International Junior Invitational at Eagle Creek Golf Club.
Surcey, a high school junior from Cartersville, Georgia, fired rounds 66-70-136 on the par-73 layout, but still had to sink a 15-foot downhiller for birdie on the regulation’s final hole to break the rules. enforce the play-off. Guiser, who chased Surcey by four shots with 10 holes to play before starting a furious rally, finished with rounds of 68-68-136. Both players bogeyed on the first playoff hole, and when Guiser failed to get up and down for par on the second playoff hole, Surcey took the win.
on the 18e green, Surcey admitted she wasn’t sure where she stood.
“I thought it might be for second place. If I’d known, I probably wouldn’t have made it.”
After Guiser made a bogey on the eighth, she fell four shots back to Surcey, followed by an eagle on the par-5 ninth. She then made a 3-shot swing in her favor at the 13e and 14e thanks to a birdie of his own and back-to-back bogeys from Surcey, which put the two at an impasse. Guiser’s birdie on the 17e gave her the one-stroke advantage that caused the drama at 18.
“We were back on track all the time, and I was just keeping the score in my head,” said Surcey.
Sabrina Kim only finished third with rounds of 68-70-138, followed by Hsin Tai Lin (70-70-140) and Logan Hale (71-69-140) who finished in fourth.
Surcey, coached by Bill Hassell at Cartersville Country Club, keeps her college quest open with many options she chooses not to reveal right now. “I just try to get as many good tournament scores as possible. But I am looking at a few specific schools.”
In the boys division, Zhengqian Li followed an opening round 3-under 69 with a 68 to finish at 7 under and one shot clear of JP Odland at Celebration Golf Club. Li was the only player on file to post both rounds in the 1960s.
Zhengqian Li won the boys division of the 2022 Golfweek International Junior Invitational. (Photo: Golf Week)
Li credited his coach for a good game plan that he executed well enough to win.
“Play to be on the safe side and if I make a birdie, it’s a birdie. If not, it’s a par. And I did pretty well with that,” said Li.
49 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, Li came into the week aiming to finish in the top three.
“My irons were really good, I hit a lot of greens, but my putt wasn’t that great,” said Li, who will graduate from high school in 2025.
Story originally appeared on GolfWeek