Final-round notes: 2013 World Championship

More than 55,000 holes of golf were played by the nearly 1,300 players this week, and by Saturday evening, 13 players were able to call themselves World Champions.

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Four players successfully defended their World Championship crown in their division. Michael Thorbjornsen (Wellesley, Massachusetts), the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year, carded a bogey-free 68 in the final round, which helped him erase a four-stroke deficit and win Boys 11 with a 9-under-par total. He eagled No. 16 and birdied No. 17, which pushed him two strokes ahead of Karl Vilips (Dingley Village, Australia).

Two months after he captured his third consecutive win at the European Championship, Allan Kournikova (Palm Beach, Fla.) accomplished the same feat by winning his third straight World Championship in Boys 8. Tied with Shubham Jaglan (Panipat, India) with three holes to play, Kournikova eagled No. 8 en route to a 5-under-par total and a two-stroke victory.

Not to be outdone, Alexa Pano (Lake Worth, Fla.) also captured her third straight World Championship by winning Girls 8. She went bogey-free for the tournament (7 birdies, 1 eagle) and needed just 99 strokes to complete three nine-hole rounds, and her 9-under-par total was eight shots ahead of Sara Im (Duluth, Ga.).

In Boys 7, Daniel Zou (Katy, Texas) birdied the last two holes to break a tie with Justin Bjornson (Canada) and win for the second year in a row. Zou’s 3-under-par total was two strokes ahead of Bjornson and three ahead of Kush Arora (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Sihan Sandhu (Ashburn, Va.)

Boys 12 (Pinehurst No. 8)
-12…Alexander Pak (California)
-10…Jenson Rogenes (Texas)
-7…Tucker Allen (Texas)

Boys 11 (Talamore)
-9…Michael Thorbjornsen (Massachusetts)
-7…Karl Vilips (Australia)
-6…Carson Levit (California)

Boys 10 (Little River)
-14…Benjamin James (Connecticut)
-6…Jackson Rivera (California)
-6…Alexander Yang (California)

Boys 9 (Pinehurst No. 1)
-4…Jed Dy (Philippines)
-3…Jackson Van Paris (Illinois)
-1…Luke Clanton (Florida)
-1…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama)

Boys 8 (Pine Needles)
-5…Allan Kournikova (Florida)
-3…Shubham Jaglan (India)
-2…Sean Dominique Granada (Philippines)
-2…Aidan Leblanc (Massachusetts)

Boys 7 (Pine Needles)
-3…Daniel Zou (Texas)
-1…Justin Bjornson (Canada)
E…Kush Arora (California)
E…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)

Boys 6 & Under (Midland)
-11…Jinki Yano (Japan)
-9…Max Thomas (California)
-6…Andre Zhu (Canada)

Girls 12 (Pinehurst No. 3)
E…Brooke Seay (California)
+1…Catherine Lau (South Africa)
+3…Yujeong Son (Oklahoma)

Girls 11 (Southern Pines)
-6…Karah Sanford (California)
-1…Rina Tatematsu (Thailand)
E…Michaela Morard (Alabama)

Girls 10 (Longleaf)
-12…Elle Nachmann (Florida)
-9…Mimi Chen (Florida)
-3…Stephany Kim (Dominican Republic)

Girls 9 (Longleaf)
-6…Leon Takagi (Japan)
-5…Annyka Chanel Cayabyab (Philippines)
-5…Sky Sudberry (Texas)

Girls 8 (Pine Needles)
-9…Alexa Pano (Florida)
-1…Sara Im (Georgia)
+1…Bailey Shoemaker (New York)
+1…Zell Wilson (Illinois)

Girls 7 & Under (Midland)
-3…Sofia Temelo (Mexico)
+2…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)
+2…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

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