Saturday’s conclusion of the 15th annual World Championship came down to the wire, as six of the 13 World Championships were decided by just one stroke, and four more were decided by two strokes. In all, players from four countries (China, Philippines, Thailand, United States) will return home from Pinehurst with the title of World Champion.
Boys 12 | Pinehurst No. 8
-3 (71-71-71)…Carter Dalili (Florida, USA)
-1 (69-72-74)…Louis Dobbelaar (Australia)
+1 (75-73-69)…Scott Roden (Texas, USA)
+1 (73-72-72)…RobingTiger Williams (United Kingdom)
Dalili faced a one-stroke deficit entering Saturday’s final round, but the score was knotted at even-par as he and Dobbelaar made the turn. The pair exchanged birdies, Dalili making his on No. 10 and Dobbelaar making his on No. 15, and the championship came down to the final three holes. Pars on Nos. 16 and 18 and an eagle on No. 17 gave Dalili his third straight round of 1-under 71 and a two-stroke victory.
Boys 11 | Talamore
-8 (67-70-71)…Alexander Yang (California, United States)
-6 (69-66-75)…Benjamin James (Connecticut, USA)
-6 (67-71-72)…Juan Camilo Vesga Solano (Colombia)
James led by two strokes over Yang at the start of the final round, and his lead grew to five strokes after an outward nine 35. Yang gained a stroke on Nos. 11, 13 and 14, and a birdie on the par-5 16th produced a two-shot swing and evened the score with two holes to play. In the end, Yang’s bogey-free back-nine 33 resulted in a closing score of 71 and a two-stroke victory.
Boys 10 | Little River
-14 (68-67-67)…Jed Dy (Philippines)
-13 (68-64-71)…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama, USA)
-11 (69-71-65)…Garrett Engle (Pennsylvania, USA)
Birdies weren’t in short supply at Little River, as each of the top four finishers carded three consecutive rounds under par. Dy successfully defended his title thanks to five birdies and five pars over his last 10 holes. He began the day trailing Dunlap by three strokes, and a pivotal birdie on the par-3 16th produced a two-shot swing and helped lift him to a one-stroke victory.
Boys 9 | Pinehurst No. 6
-11 (70-67-68)…Treed Huang (Texas, USA)
-10 (69-68-69)…Subham Jaglan (India)
-4 (74-68-70)…Sean Dominique Granada (Philippines)
Tied at 7-under to begin the day, Huang and Jaglan combined to make nine birdies and zero bogeys on the inward nine of their exciting final rounds. The score was tied on three separate occasions Saturday and the players birdied the same hole three times on the back nine. Both players birdied Nos. 17 and 18, but the difference proved to be a birdie by Huang on the par-5 15th.
Boys 8 | Mid Pines (back)
-7 (34-34-33)…Jay Leng Jr. (California, USA)
+1 (36-36-37)…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia, USA)
+1 (36-37-34)…Hanru Guo (South Carolina, USA)
Leng carded three of the four rounds under-par in Boys 8, and the result was an eight-stroke victory. He totaled nine birdies against just two bogeys on the week, and he claimed the title of World Champion a year after finishing fifth. Guo carded the only other round under-par on the week, as his final-round 34 moved him five spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for second.
Boys 7 | Mid Pines (front)
+1 (33-41-35)…Ratchanon Chantananuwat (Thailand)
+2 (35-39-36)…Achira Chumchaivate (Thailand)
+6 (38-38-38)…Ben Kablach (Virginia, USA)
+6 (38-40-36)…Max Thomas (California, USA)
Chumchaivate broke the tie atop the leaderboard with pars on the first two holes, but a birdie by Chantananuwat on No. 3 created a two-stroke swing and give him a lead he would not relinquish. He backed it up with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, and a closing round of 35 gave him a one-stroke victory.
Boys 6 & under | Midland Country Club
-8 (32-36-32)…Phillip Dunham (Florida, USA)
-7 (33-32-36)…Tristan Wieland (Florida, USA)
-4 (36-33-35)…Pieter Johan Hendriks (South Africa)
-4 (35-34-35)…Alexander Viscovich (Denmark)
Wieland, the second-round leader, and Dunham were separated by three strokes at the start of the day, and the players carded identical scores on the first six holes of Saturday’s final round. Even after a birdie on No. 6, Dunham was down three strokes with three holes to play. But birdies on Nos. 7-9 gave Dunham four straight to finish, and his round of 4-under 32 gave him an 8-under total and a one-stroke victory over Wieland.
Girls 12 | Pinehurst No. 3
+1 (69-77-71)…Anne Yu (China)
+4 (74-72-74)…Maria Fernanda Martinez (Mexico)
+6 (78-72-72)…Agustina Gomez Cisterna (Argentina)
Three players began the day tied for the lead, but Yu emerged victorious after recording the only round under-par on the day. Birdies on Nos. 2 and 9 produced two-shot swings over Martinez, and Yu’s birdie on No. 15, her sixth on the day, gave her a five-stroke cushion that proved to be insurmountable.
Girls 11 | Southern Pines
-1 (69-70-76)…Mimi Chen (Florida, USA)
+1 (73-74-70)…Elle Nachmann (Florida, USA)
+3 (74-72-73)…Xin Cindy Kou (Florida, USA)
Nachmann, the defending champion, trailed Chen by eight strokes to start the day, but a front-nine 33 put her back into contention. She finished with a 2-under 70 and took the clubhouse lead at 1-over with just three players left to finish. Though she had carded just one birdie through the first 13 holes, Chen played the last five holes in 2-under. Birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 proved to be the final margin, as her 1-under total was two strokes better than Nachmann.
Girls 10 | Longleaf
-4 (68-75-69)…Leon Takagi (New York, USA)
+3 (75-73-71)…Alejandra Ferrer (Mexico)
+4 (72-79-69)…Kynadie Adams (Tennessee, USA)
Takagi retained her title of World Champion behind the strength of a final-round 69. Nursing a one-stroke lead to begin the day, Takagi raced away from the competition thanks to four birdies on her first eight holes. In all, she tallied 11 birdies and one eagle on the week en route to her seven-stroke victory.
Girls 9 | Longleaf (front)
-7 (33-34-34)…Natachanok Tunwannarux (Thailand)
-6 (34-35-33)…Alexa Pano (Florida, USA)
-2 (36-33-37)…Kiera Floyd (South Africa)
Pano, the three-time defending champion, began the day trailing by two strokes, and she immediately cut the deficit in half after a birdie on the opening hole. Tunwannarux responded and built a four-stroke cushion after making birdies on Nos. 3-5. Pano capped her bogey-free round of 33 with a birdie on No. 9, but Tunwannarux finished one stroke ahead with a 7-under total after a final-round of 34.
Girls 8 | Mid Pines (front)
+5 (38-38-37)…Gracie McGovern (Arizona, USA)
+6 (38-37-39)…Sofia Temelo (Mexico)
+7 (40-38-37)…Summer Lee (Texas, USA)
Each player in the final group had at least a share of the lead Saturday, but it was McGovern who claimed the win after a par on the final hole. Temelo, the defending champion, began the final round one stroke ahead of McGovern and three strokes ahead of Lee. After starting the round with five pars and one birdie, Lee pulled into a tie for the lead with Temelo at 5-over with three holes remaining. McGovern erased the one-stroke deficit over the last three holes, as two pars and a birdie gave her the winning score of 5-over.
Girls 7 & under | Midland Country Club
-3 (34-37-34)…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida, USA)
-1 (38-38-31)…Avery Zweig (Texas, USA)
+2 (36-39-35)…Avani Prashanth (India)
Kovelesky and the other leaders started early Saturday morning, as they returned to the course to complete their second rounds. The long day didn’t faze Kovelesky, as she didn’t card a bogey on Saturday, and her final-round 34 led to a two-stroke victory. Zweig found her form in the afternoon, as she tallied five birdies in her final-round 31, which moved three spots up the leaderboard and into second.