Recaps of Boys 13 and Boys 14 added July 28 at 8:40 a.m. ET.
The U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship featured 507 boys and girls, ages 13-18 years old, from 31 countries. Pinehurst Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 8, and National Golf Club hosted the eighth-annual event.
Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 2)
A pair of back-nine birdies helped David Snyder of McAllen, Texas (pictured) survive a late rally and capture the Boys 15-18 Teen World Championship with a 3-under-par 213 total. His final-round 74 on Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to edge Matthew Ruel (Oldsmar, Fla.) by one stroke.
Snyder began the day with a two-stroke advantage over Ruel, and the lead was four strokes as the final group stood on the tee of the par-5 16th. Ruel seemed to have cut the deficit in half after he made eagle, but Snyder answered with a birdie of his own and the lead remained at three strokes with two holes remaining.
A birdie by Ruel and a bogey by Snyder on the par-3 17th created a pivotal two-shot swing, and suddenly Snyder’s lead was down to one.
“The experience from years before, being in that situation, really helped,” said Snyder, who won the 2011 World Championship in Boys 13.
After his drive found the fairway on No. 18, Snyder hit an 8-iron from 156 yards to 10 feet, and a two-putt par secured the victory.
“I hit the shot I’m most comfortable with off the tee and made a smart play from the fairway, and it turned out good,” said Snyder, who will next compete at the Western Amateur in Roland, Ark., July 29 – Aug. 4. “Playing Pinehurst No. 2, you can really feel the history on every hole and it’s great to win here.”
Brandon Vance (Eagleville, Pa.) finished third at even-par, while David Faraudo (Mexico) and Peter Gunawan (Indonesia) tied for fourth at 1-over-par.
The first two rounds in Boys 15-18 were played on Pinehurst No. 4 (6,998 yards, par 72), and the top 72 players and ties qualified to play the final round on Pinehurst No. 2 (7,015 yards, par 72).
Boys 14 (National Golf Club)
Kyle Cornelius (Dotha, Ala.) overcame a two-shot deficit and a 2 hour, 22 minute weather delay en route to the Boys 14 title. His final-round 71 included three birdies and lifted him to a 3-under-par 213 total, which was two shots clear of Jacob Bayer (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Rj David (Tempe, Ariz.).
Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 8)
Due to storms passing through Pinehurst late Saturday evening, the Boys 13 event was shortened to a 45-hole championship. Alberto Sanchez (Weston, Fla.) grabbed a share of the 36-hole lead after carding a second-round 67, and a bogey-free 34 in the final round gave him a 5-under-par total and a three-shot win. Galven Green (Malaysia) finished second at 2-under-par, while Derek Hitchner (Minneapolis) finished third at 1-under-par.
Girls 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Anna Buchanan (Athens, Ga.) and Chloe Corriveau (Monterey, Calif.) entered the final round tied for the lead, and that’s where they stood as they made the turn Saturday in the final round.
A bogey on No. 10 put Buchanan in a one-stroke deficit, but she rebounded with birdies on Nos. 11, 13 and 14, and she took a two-shot lead that she wouldn’t relinquish. With storms approaching, she birdied the final hole and put an exclamation point on a final-round 70 and a three-shot victory.
Buchanan finished at 3-under-par 213, while Corriveau was runner-up with an even-par 216 total. Carmen Gutierrez Ballon Valdivia (Mexico) finished third at 1-over-par.
Girls 14 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Facing a one-stroke deficit with five holes to play, Kennedy Swann (Austin, Texas) carded birdies on Nos. 14 and 18 en route to a final-round 70 and a victory in Girls 14. Swann’s 1-over-par total was two shots better than Kendall Griffin (Sebring, Fla.), while Grace Massengill (Hickory, N.C.) fired a final-round 71 to improve two spots on the leaderboard and finish third.
Girls 13 (Pinehurst No. 1)
Veronica Joels of Las Vegas (pictured) led wire-to-wire and capped her 6-under-par performance in Girls 13 with a final-round 68 on Pinehurst No. 1. Birdies on four of her first six holes helped Joels fend off a charging Alyssa Lamoureux (Seminole, Fla.), who carded two eagles and three birdies en route to a final-round 68 and a second-place finish at 3-under-par. Haeley Wotnosky (Wake Forest, N.C.) closed with a 73 on Saturday and finished third at 4-over-par.
// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications