Rak Cho of Brea shot a 6-under-par 66 in Thursday’s final round to win the American Junior Golf Association’s TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont.
Cho was in second place entering the last day of the 54-hole event but ran away from the field with five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 16th hole. He finished with an 11-under-par 205 total, six strokes clear of Jonah Texeira (Northridge) and Matt Pinizzotto of Salinas, Calif.
“I didn’t expect to win at all,” said Cho, who now has two AJGA victories. “I took a break because I was having some problems with my back. I am excited to get my second first-place finish.”
David Gazzolo of Riverside and Ki Taek Lee of La Quinta both finished tied for fifth at 3-under-par 213.
Yu Liu of Beijing, China, shot rounds of 72-66-73 (5-under par) for a victory in the girls division. Finishing one stroke back in second was Chieh Peng of Beaumont, while Gyeol Park of Anaheim and Elisabeth Bernabe of Anaheim Hills — fresh off an appearance in match play at the U.S. Girls Junior Amater — tied for third each at 2-under par.
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