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Pikulthong Picks up Second AJGA Title at PING Heather Farr Classic
Anawin Pikulthong of Gilbert, Arizona secured his second American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) victory at the PING Heather Farr Classic at Longbow Golf Club on Sunday with a final-round 67. He finished the weekend 14-under after turning in rounds of 67-65-67 to defeat Scottsdale native Preston Summerhays.
“It means a lot to win this. It shows that all the hard work I’ve been putting in the past few months has paid off. This is a tough field so winning this shows that my game is in a good place,” the champion said.
The 16-year-old Arizona State verbal commit began the final three shots ahead of Preston Summerhays, a 2021 Arizona State commit. Summerhays cut the lead to two after turning in a 2-under 33, his third consecutive bogey free round on the front nine – but the Hamilton Husky Pikulthong increased his lead to 5 after converting birdies on holes 11 and 12. Both junior golfer phenoms went on to birdie three more holes to finish their final rounds 4-under 67. Pikulthong tallied 18 birdies during the 54-hole tournament to clinch the victory by three shots over the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion.
This marks Pikulthong’s second AJGA victory in the last year since picking up the 2020 AJGA Thunderbird Junior All-Star title. He is currently ranked No. 26 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and ranked No. 1 in the World Rankings for the class of 2023 according to Junior Golf Scoreboard. In additional to winning numerous individual junior titles, he helped lead the Hamilton Huskies to an AIA State Div. I Championship title in 2019. After graduating in 2023 from Hamilton Prep, Pikulthong plans on advancing his golf career with the Arizona State Sun Devil Men’s Golf Team as the class of 2027.
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