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Carlson Earns First AJGA Title
July 6th 2012 - HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. —Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., concluded the the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands with a final-round score of 1-over-par 73 and tournament total of 2-over-par 218, winning the Girls Division title in a sudden-death playoff on No. 10. Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Boyne Highlands Resort - Moor Course. The event featured 108 boys and 36 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and Canada.
     In the Girls Division, Carlson had a one-stroke lead entering Thursday's final round, but was given a run for her money as Jordan Chael carded a 6-under-par 66 — including an ace on the fourth hole — forcing a sudden-death playoff.
     Despite struggling on the greens down the stretch, Carlson was able to count on her putter to get her the win. “Going into today I was really nervous,” Carlson said. “I just wanted to play my game — hit fairways and greens and I did that for most of the round, but towards the end I kind of had an issue with my putting. I three-putted the last two greens, so having to go through a playoff after that was really nervewracking. Going into the playoff I wanted to hit the fairway, hit the green and make a putt and I did just that — making a birdie on that hole was just great.”
    This was the fourth different Mike Bender Golf Academy student to win an AJGA girls' event in the past 12 months. Carlson joined Sammi Lee, Nicole Morales and Mia Landegren in the winners circle. All four are coached by Mike Bender Golf Academy Director of Instruction, Cheryl Anderson.
     Congratulations to Abbey on her outstanding accomplishment.