Joaquin Niemann and Juwon Jeong are the new champions

51st Junior Orange Bowl International Golf – Biltmore GC. Boys - 6,742yds: Girls - 6,089yds

Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and South Korea’s Juwon Jeong secured their place in history as champions of the 51st edition of the Junior Orange Bowl International.  

Jeong took the title in a three-hole playoff with Sweden’s Linnea Strom. Both players birdied the 18th on the first two playoff holes but Jeong’s third consecutive birdie proved decisive.  

Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela powered into third place with a closing 70, tied with overnight leader, Colombia’s Maria Hoyos, who carded 77.

Niemann’s final round of 67 outlasted overnight leader, Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti, and the U.S.’s Carl Yuan. Yuan carded 68 for outright second place at 279, 5-under par, Tosti solo third with a closing 70 for 280.

Highest credit to Niemann, (67, 71, 72, 67: 277) who withstood the back-nine pressure of charges by both Tosti and Yuan, with birdies at the 16th and 18th completely closing all opportunity windows.

Final round highlight scoring featured 66s by South Africa’s Tristen Strydom and Germany’s Maximiliam Bodel.