2017 European Championship – Round 2

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Leaders Heading Into Round 3

With one round left to play, 19 players from 8 different countries sit atop the leaderboard.

Age Group Name Home Country Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
Boys 7 & Under Jaxson Perry United Kingdom 33 31 -8
Boys 8 Filip Grave Sweden 35 32 -5
Boys 9 Alexander Viscovich Denmark 70 76 +2
Boys 10 Giovanni Binaghi Italy 72 73 +1
Boys 11 Noa Auch-Roy France 70 74 E
Boys 12 Shubham Jaglan India 71 66 -7
Boys 13 Ruben Lindsay United Kingdom 69 73 -2
Max Shirvell United Kingdom 72 70 -2
Boys 14 Max Hopkins United Kingdom 66 69 -9
Boys 15-18 Max Adams United Kingdom 76 70 +2
Girls 8 & Under Anna Huang United States 36 35 -1
Girls 9 Isabella Dovhey United States 32 31 -9
Girls 10 Grace Crawford United Kingdom 66 75 -3
Maggie Whitehead United Kingdom 68 73 -3
Girls 11 Sophia Fullbrook United Kingdom 74 72 +2
Girls 12 Lou Loron France 71 75 +2
Bailey Shoemaker United States 72 74 +2
Girls 13-14 Pia Babnik Slovenia 67 68 -9
Girls 15-18 Euphemie Rhodes United Kingdom 71 72 -1

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Albatross

Eight-year-old Zbairi Fourel Nael (France) made an ALBATROSS on his last hole yesterday, beating his first round by 14 strokes! His playing partner, Captain Jack Sparrow, was there to celebrate with him. Congratulations Zbairi Fourel!

 

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The second hole-in-one of the tournament came yesterday at the picturesque 13th at The Glen as Jaivir Pande (Texas) made an ace from 128 yards.

Economic Impact

The European Championship benefits more than just the skills of the players involved. The influx of tourists in the area delivers over a million pounds to the local economy – filling restaurants, hotels and B&Bs along Scotland’s Golf Coast.

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Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council Provost and Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said:

“This is a fantastic event which has become a fixture on the East Lothian calendar. In the decade since the championship was first held in the county, it is thought to have resulted in a multi-million pound boost for the local economy.

“The fact that we continue to draw events of this stature to East Lothian underlines that Scotland’s Golf Coast is blessed with fantastic assets. We have the highest concentration of golf courses in the world and I’m very proud of the many people who work hard to maintain our reputation as a superb golfing destination.

“The young people attending and their families will receive a very warm East Lothian welcome, and I’m sure will greatly enjoy experiencing some of our historic and world-famous golf courses.”


Grant Forrest

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Grant Forrest with Dan Van Horn

Grant Forrest, a Craigielaw member, won the inaugural European Championship as a 14-year-old. He is now playing professionally and had this to say about the European Championship:

“I remember how excited I was to compete in one of my first international golf competitions and to do this in East Lothian made it even more special. The competition is a fun event and a great way to introduce young boys and girls to competitive golf. I can’t quite believe that it is now a decade since I won the very first event and it is fantastic to watch the competition develop each year and see more and more young golfers from across the world come to compete in East Lothian. I know every competitor will gain a huge enjoyment from the experience and maybe I might see one or two of them in the professional ranks in the years to come.”

“This is the 10th Anniversary of the European Championship and the outstanding talent that’s on display is a true testament to the commitment and pride that golf engenders in players and families around the world.

“We are excited to recognize such outstanding players. Players, such as Grant Forrest, have used this event to help establish themselves in professional golf. Without question, there will be more from this year’s field that will do the same.”

European Van Horn Cup

As the tradition continues, the European Van Horn Cup is contested on Friday morning following the three-day European Championship. Last year, the closest fought cup in its history saw the International side retain their title for the fourth year running after a sudden death playoff. Finishing 5-5 from ten four-ball matches on Luffness New Golf Club, the cup was taken to a playoff when Sigurdur Gardarsson playing with his partner Kjartan Gudmundsson, both Boys 14 competitors from Iceland, sank a pressurized eagle putt. The International side went on to edge the cup on the first playoff hole, improving the overall record to 5-5.

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Sigurdur Gardarssoner & Kjartan Gudmundsson shaking hands with their competitors

The pairing with the lowest round in the European Van Horn Cup were awarded the Morrison Medal, named in honor of the late Sir Garth Morrison, who was Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian, and his wife Lady Gill Morrison.

This year, the cup moved from Luffness New to Gullane No. 2. The top players from Western Europe face off against the top International players in a team event. Two players from each of the following age groups represented their respective teams: Boys 10, Boys 11, Boys 12, Boys 13, Boys 14, Boys 15-18, Girls 11, Girls 12, Girls 13-14 and Girls 15-18. In all, 10 games of stroke-play four-ball are played, and each game was worth one point.

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2017 European Championship

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The Field

Golf’s next generation of rising stars have descended on East Lothian, Scotland to compete in one of the world’s largest and most prestigious championships. A record field of over 670 players and their families join us for the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Kids Golf European Championship. Budding stars from 51 nations – including countries as diverse as Australia, Gibraltar, and Mauritius – will compete over three days of competition.

The tournament’s history has showcased some of the area’s best courses over its tenure, and the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation is thrilled to add Royal Musselburgh – founded in 1774 and one of the world’s oldest clubs – to the list of host facilities. The addition of this storied venue opened the door for approximately 50 more budding young golfers from across the world to participate in the European Championship. The competition will also see a return to Gullane, Craigielaw, Longniddry, Luffness New and The Glen for the nine boys age groups and seven girls age groups.

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While there are certainly a fair number of competitors that have their eyes on the first place prize, the field as a whole journeys to the three-day event with an assortment of aspirations. A total of 281 participants are competing in the European Championship for the first time. We would like to extend a very special welcome to these players and their families.

Half of the champions from last year return to Scotland with a smile on their face and a fire in their heart as they look to defend their title:

  • Graden Lomax (US) – Boys 8
  • Jake Valentine (GB) – Boys 9
  • Felix Söderman (SE) – Boys 10
  • Shubham Jaglan (IN) – Boys 12
  • Isabella Dovhey (US) – Girls 9
  • Rosie Bee Kim (GB) – Girls 10
  • Harriet Lockley (GB) – Girls 12
  • Pia Babnik (SI) – Girls 13-14

The remaining 381 players have their sights set on improving their finish from last year and enjoying time with their family.

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Alasdair Good (left) & Dan Van Horn (right)

Dan Van Horn, President and Founder of U.S. Kids Golf, said: “We are proud of the growing popularity of the event, but we never lose sight that each player brings his or her own story to the European Championship. Their hours of hard work, practice and determination result in world-class competition, new friendships and lifelong memories. East Lothian will be a cherished experience for hundreds of families long after the final putt drops.”

IMG_8993The Conditions

Round one’s conditions brought a mixed bag of Scottish weather. We began with a dreich morning, as the locals would say. The dreary, damp weather that most tourists come to expect on a trip to Scotland cast a small shadow over the morning, but also allowed for lower scores if the lads were able to fight through. Although they may not have enjoyed the views of beautiful Scotland in the sunshine, they were benefitted by slightly softer greens and calmer winds.

The sun made it’s appearance a bit later in the afternoon, and with it came the the East Wind, or the Winter Wind. Together they dried up the greens that benefitted many of the morning competitors and made for much tougher playing conditions in the afternoon.

This weather has carried over to round two of the competition, as the early tee timers will be put to the test on this cold, yet beautiful morning.

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After a couple of albatrosses and holes-in-one in 2016, the opening round of 2017 brought our first hole-in-one at Longniddry. A young Irishman by the name of William Walshe graced the rest of his group with a beautifully striped seven iron on the par three seventh for an ace.

Young William, who is enjoying this event from the Boys 8 tee markers, went on to card an impressive 39 in round one.

9-Hole Low Rounds

Truong Aime (France) of the Boys 7 & Under age group carded three birdies and an eagle en route to a bogey-free 31. The exceptional round earned him a sole spot atop the leaderboard, but with nine more little lads under par he will be challenged the final two days. 2016 European and World Champion Isabella Dovhey (U.S.) made an eagle of her own in her bogey-free first round. The exceptional young lady pulled ahead of the pack and now owns a four shot lead heading into day two.

18-Hole Low Rounds

Fourteen-year-old Max Hopkins (UK) finished tied for fourth place in last year’s competition. Hopkins has clearly been brushing up on his game in the past year as he posted a tournament-low 66 in his first round at Luffness New. He holds a two stroke lead over 2015 World Champion, Tom McKibbin. North Berwick native, Grace Crawford leads the Girls 10 age category after posting a 66 of her own in her first round at Royal Musselburgh. Crawford, who won the Girls 8 division in 2015, finished just shy of a repeat last year and will look to reclaim her spot atop the leaderboard while competing in her home town.

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Our Mission

The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories. The U.S. Kids Golf Tournament Players Association, a branch of the Foundation, strives to ensure that all of or 1,200 events worldwide reflect that mission. There is no stronger representation of our mission than the parents caddying for their youngsters out on the course. While this is a strong international competition, we must all remember that the one true goal of the week is to have fun and enjoy the time you spend with your family; and what better way to do that than in the Home of Golf.

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Overall, the day was an overwhelming success thanks to spirit of the competitors and families alike. We want to see the tournament through your eyes! Please use #uskidsgolf and #eurochamp when posting to social media this week so we can share your posts during the event!

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Cheers to you and round two!

Second-Round Notes: 2016 World Championship

 

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The conditions are not always ideal, both on the course and in life. Golf is often compared to life because sometimes you hit a great shot and don’t result you wanted. Sometimes things happen that are out of your control and you must continue grinding it out in poor conditions. That is what family is for — they serve as someone to lean on in dire times. Every player in the field this week is a champion, and they are accompanied by a world-class family and support system. You all are why we do what we do and we cannot thank you enough for your dedication to the game.

The second round of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship saw great shots, weather delays and career rounds. Eleven of the thirteen age groups were able to finish on Friday, while the two twelve-year-old age groups finished Saturday morning. The size of the field, number of locations and unpredictability of the weather made for an adventurous round two; but it couldn’t stop these young golfers from having fun and carding low scores.

Ten of the age groups have an outright leader, while Girls 8, Girls 9 and Boys 12 possess a two-way tie for first.

Six-year-old Yuuma Nemoto continued his impressive play on Friday as he followed up his opening round of 32 with a 30 at Midland Country Club. Nemoto birdied six of his nine holes and now has a six-shot lead over Ajalawich Anantasethakul.

Jessy Huebner built upon his one-shot lead after round one by carding a 32 in round two. The six-time Regional Championship winner carded an eye-popping 57 at the Jekyll Island Cup in March, and will look to retain his five-stroke lead in the age group after finishing in fifth at the 2015 World Championship.

Tristan Wieland has a one-shot lead over Tyler Watts and 2015 World Champion Philip Dunham heading into the final round. Wieland recorded a consistent even par on Friday, while Dunham and Watts did their best to close the gap with scores under par. Their final round pairing at 2:24 is one to follow closely on Saturday. This is nothing new for Wieland and Dunham as the two were paired together in the final round last year with Dunham edging Wieland by two strokes.

While Ratchanon Chantananawut has a three-shot lead in the Boys 9 age group, he is being chased by three young players who currently sit at five-under-par. Chantananawut, who prefers to go by “T.K.” won both the 2014 and 2015 World Championship. Shawn Coultoff, Samuel Duran and Patmon Malcom will all look to prevent the three-peat.

While we can’t give the champion’s trophy to Sihan Sandhu quite yet, the Boys 10 age group has all but been decided after he one-upped his 63 in round one with a 62 on Friday. Sandhu finished in 3rd, 2nd and 3rd in his past three World Championship appearances, and is clearly a young man on a mission this week. He currently possesses a twelve-shot lead heading into the final round.

Shubham Jaglan is another player who has distanced himself from the rest of the field in his respective age group. Jaglan, who won the 2015 European Championship, carded an impressive 63 of his own in round two and now owns an eight-stroke lead over before teeing it up on Saturday.

Ben Brogdon of Little Rock, AR closed the gap in the Boys 12 age group on day two. Brogdon shot 67 in his second round which included three birdies on Saturday morning during the restart. He is now tied with Jeevan Sihota heading into Saturday afternoon.

It’s anyone’s match in the Girls 7 & Under age group. Asterisk Talley leads at -2 after posting back-to-back 35’s, but there are many players within striking distance. Alexis Lamadrid is currently one-shot off the lead while five others are three shots or better.

2o15 World Champion, Gianna Clemente is now tied with Isabella Dovhey at six-under-par. Dovhey was able to make up her one shot deficit in round one by posting a bogey-free 32 in round two.

Another 2015 World Champion is now tied in her age group — Chloe Kovelesky posted a 36 in round two while Megan Meng fired a 35 to tie her in Girls 9 heading into the final round.

Vanessa Borovilos added to her round one lead by carding another under par round on day two. The ten-year-old backed up her solid 71 with an even better 70 on Friday. She teed off on the 18th of Seven Lakes at even par, and was able to keep the putter in the bag after holing out for eagle.

Another 67 was on the card for USKG veteran Alexa Pano in round two. However, she was not the only eleven-year-old girl to post a 67 on Friday. Bailey Shoemaker was able to match Pano’s score with the help of four straight birdies on holes three through six at Southern Pines Golf Club.

We have a new leader in Girls 12 after they were finally able to finish their second round on Saturday morning. Anushka Borkar of India posted the low round for the age group — three-under-par. She is -1 for the tournament and has a three-shot lead heading into round three.

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First-Round Notes: 2016 World Championship

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The 2016 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship marks the 11th anniversary in Pinehurst and the 17th anniversary of the tournament.

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Yesterday, 1,552 junior golfers began their three-day match against their assigned courses. Ten Pinehurst area golf courses will play host to thirteen age groups again over the next two days. For some, the goal is World Champion; others, a top five, ten or twenty finish. Regardless of your individual goal, we hope that you follow the two rules of the week. Rules #2 — play your best golf. But more importantly, Rule #1 — HAVE FUN!

Road to Pinehurst

The U.S. Kids Golf staff is proud to welcome players and their families from over 40 states and 50 countries. One young boy traveled farther than anyone else in the field — 11,520 miles from Perth, Australia. His name is Hunter Woodley-Page, he is seven-years-old and playing at Mid Pines. We are happy to have him and every other young golfer who has made the pilgrimage to the Cradle of American Golf — Pinehurst.

While the World Championship is a journey for some, for others, it is a mere drive down the street, beneath the whispering pines. Three players in the field have the luxury of returning to their home in Pinehurst after each day on the course. Sebastian Balbin (Boys 7), Jackson Bode (Boys 12) and Jackson Van Paris (Boys 12).

Low Rounds

The low round for boys playing nine holes came from six-year-old Yuuma Nemoto. The Japanese native played in his first World Championship last year at the age of five, and never recorded a round lower than 40, finishing in 23rd. This year, he has a one shot lead after carding a 32 at Midland Country Club.

Sihan Sandhu posted the lowest score of the tournament in round one with a nine-under-par, 63. Sandhu is a thirteen-time Regional Championship winner and two-time European Championship winner. His 63 consisted of six birdies, two eagles and a bogey. He now has a two shot lead heading into round two.

2015 World Champion Gianna Clemente continued her impressive play this week with a 33 at Longleaf Golf & Family Club. The eight-year-old from Warren, OH shot six-under in Pinehurst last year, has won the last four Regional Championships she has played and has not posted a tournament round over par since September of last year.

Alexa Pano is quickly making a name for herself in the golf world. Pano burst onto the scene back in 2012 when she co-starred in The Short Game — an independent documentary about the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. Pano is a four-time World Champion and has won all 22 Regional Championships she’s played. She won the 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt, played in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Open and was the youngest player to compete in an LPGA Japan Tour event. The eleven-year-old now owns the largest lead of any age group (five strokes) after posting a 67 in her first round at Southern Pines. The future is bright for this young girl.

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2016 Teen World Championship — Champions and Teen Van Horn Cup

All six of the 2016 Teen World Champions were first-time winners!

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Boys 13Boys 13: Pinehurst No. 8

Due to inclement weather, Boys 13 was the only age group not to finish the tournament. The boys were forced to count only the front nine of their final round when the greens became unplayable. Mateo Fuenmayor was crowned champion after firing a 34 on the front nine in his final round. Fuenmayor’s last appearance was in 2014 when he finished tied for 59th in the Boys 11 age group of the World Championship. He’s come a long way since then as he finished the tournament at -2.

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Boys 14: Pinehurst No. 9

Jack Heath continued his dominance of Boys 14 on Saturday, carding a 71 en route to a three stroke lead in the age group. Heath recorded five birdies on the day on the challenging Pinehurst No. 9. The USKG veteran won his first event since the 2013 Jekyll Island Cup, and cemented his name in history as a world champion.

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Boys 15-18: Pinehurst No. 2 & No. 4

AJ Beechler epitomizes the term “USKG Veteran.” Beechler is the only player out of the six Champions to win both the World Championship and the Teen World Championship. He won the 2011 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at the age of 11 after posting rounds of 69, 68 and 69. AJ also won the European Championship in 2008 after carding rounds of 35, 36 and 33. With rounds of 69 and 70 at Pinehurst No. 4 and 74 at Pinehurst No. 2, Beechler has now conquered the triple crown of U.S. Kids Golf major championship events.

 

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Girls 13: Mid Pines Inn & Country Club

Panama native, Ana Raquel Sanson Leon followed up on her strong round of 70 in round two with a 73 in her final round at Mid Pines. The thirteen-year-old had two birdies on Saturday, leading her to a five shot victory. Prior to 2016, Sanson Leon’s best finish in Pinehurst came back in 2011 at the age of eight when she finished just outside the top five. Now, she’s a world champion.

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Girls 14: Mid Pines Inn & Country Club

Chloe Schiavone reclaimed her lead in her final when she shot the low round of the day — 74. The Jacksonville native carded two birdies and finished the tournament with a commanding five stroke lead. Like the rest of this year’s champions, Schiavone was crowned a world champion for the first time and showed a drastic improvement from her previous experiences.

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Girls 15-18: Pinehurst No. 6

Ling-Jie Chen refused to share her lead throughout the three days of the Championship. Chen stole the show at the Awards Ceremony when she spoke from the heart in her champion’s speech. The sixteen-year-old posted a 76 on Pinehurst No. 6 to win her age group by four strokes.

Team USA won the Teen Van Horn Cup 5.5 — 3.5!

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Second-round notes: 2016 Teen World Championship

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Jose Cristobal Islas tees off on the 10th hole of Pinehurst No. 8

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Day two of the 2016 Teen World Championship is in the books. The scores in the second round were noticeably lower as the players seemed much more acclimated to their respective courses. The change in scores brought a change in leaders in four of the six age groups.

Boys 13: Pinehurst No. 8

One of the participants that refused to relinquish his lead was Jose Cristobal Islas. Islas enjoyed five birdies in an up and down effort for an even par 72. After posting a modest 74 in round one, Brendan Valdes shot the lowest round of the tournament for the age group to gain sole possession of second place. He followed up his 37 on the front nine with a bogey-free effort on the back, accompanied by birdies on 11, 13 and a clutch eagle on 17. His three-under 69 bumped him up to within one stroke of the leader, Islas.

Boys 14: Pinehurst No. 9

Jack Heath began playing in U.S. Kids Golf Local Tour events and World Championship Qualifiers at the age of five. Today, at the age of 14, Heath is leading the pack at Pinehurst No. 9 after posting a tournament-low, 67 in round two. Heath carded four birdies on the day and tacked on an eagle on the 530 yard par 5. He wasn’t the only one to accomplish this feat on the lengthy par 5 — Clay Stirsman and Jackson Skeen also eagled 15.

Boys 15-18: Pinehurst No. 4

Joe Bultman tied the low round of the tournament with a 67 of his own at Pinehurst No. 4. Bultman played in the last two Teen World Championships and his previous low round was a 74 back in 2014 where he recorded an ace in his final round on the 16th hole at Pinehurst No. 6. This year he is tied with AJ Beechler who has the advantage of being a Pinehurst member and resident. As is tradition, the final round of the Boys 15-18 is cut between an A and B flight. The B flight takes another trip down Pinehurst No.4, while the A matches up with the storied Pinehurst No. 2.

Girls 13: Mid Pines Inn & Country Club

There is a new leader in the Girls 13 division, and it is well deserved — Ana Raquel Sanson Leon followed up her 80 in the first round with a 2-under 70 in round two. The two-time Regional Champion and five-time World Championship participant posted the only round under par for the age group, and now holds a three-shot lead heading into the final round.

 

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Ana Raquel (right) with her playing partners Jennifer Lilly and Sydney Nethercott

Girls 14: Mid Pines Inn & Country Club

Madeleine Laux‘s 75 in round two was good enough to tie day one leader, Chloe Schiavone at +5 for the tournament. Both Laux and Schiavone failed to break 80 in the 2015 Teen World Championship; what a difference a year can make. These two young girls from opposite sides of the U.S. are sure to push each other with every shot in their final round at Mid Pines.

Girls 15-18: Pinehurst No. 6

Ling-Jie Chen (Girls 15-18) remains atop the leaderboard after day two, but has seen her lead slightly diminish after strong play from the rest of the field. A consistent round from Valentina Espinosa (77) and a solid effort from Maria Paula Ferrer (72) has them tied at nine over — two shots off the leader, Chen. The top seven spots in Girls 15-18 are all occupied by International players, making them heavy favorites to take their age group in the Teen Van Horn Cup.

The Teen Van Horn Cup will be played Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. on Pinehurst No. 2.

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Rylie Heflin high fives her daddy caddy after sticking it tight on the 18th green

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