ZIMBABWE junior golf sensation Sean Crocker carded a final round seven-under-par 65 to earn his first win of 2013 at the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior Open in Stockton, California at the weekend.
The 16-year-old US-based rising star posted impressive scores of 66, 66, and 65 in the 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at The Reserve at Spanos Park, for a tournament total 19-under-par 197.
He secured the championship trophy by a massive 10 strokes after the final round.
“I have gotten close so many times with three second-place wins so this win feels great. All of my hard work last year paid off for this year, ”said Crocker, who is set to enroll at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Crocker’s win at the weekend came barely two weeks after losing in the final of the Southern California Golf Association’s Match Play Championship recently.
Mexico’s Roberto Lebrija carded a tournament total of 9-under-par 207 to finish in second place, while American Isaiah Salinda followed close behind in third with a tournament total 7-under-par 209. China’s Kaiwen and American Brett Robinson tied for fourth with tournament totals of 6-under par 210.
Meanwhile, Marianne Li of Bellevue, Washington held on to the lead after a 1-under-par 215 to finish as girls division champion.
Earning her third American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) win, Li carded a tournament total 1-under-par 215 to take home the Girls Division trophy.
Conducted by the AJGA, the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior Open is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at The Reserve at Spanos Park in California.
Crocker, who is the son of former Zimbabwe Test cricketer Gary Crocker was the best placed amateur golfer at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open.