Ortengren and Koivun take AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions titles
Meja Ortengren of Stockholm, Sweden, won the 45th edition of the Rolex Tournament of Champions with an aggregate score of 15-under-par 273. In the Boys Division, Jackson Koivun of Chapel Hill, North Carolina won with an aggregate of 13-under-par 275. The 45th edition of the Rolex Tournament of Champions featured 84 of the best junior golfers in the world from nine different countries. The tournament combined the 2022 Rolex Junior All-Americans and Rolex Scholastic Honorees with many of this year’s AJGA champions to create The Greatest Week in Junior Golf.
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Back-to-back Rolex TOC wins for Ortengren
Ortengren won her second Rolex Tournament of Champions in as many years. She was left behind on the field in only one of the four rounds. The 2024 graduate had a whopping three eagles this week. Her steady pace of play carried her to the finish line to take the four-stroke victory.
“It feels great. I’m really happy to be able to play in the United States and play this course because it’s been great.”
Ortengren has only played in a handful of AJGA events. She has placed in the top 5 of all events she has participated in. This includes her victory in the 2021 Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 2021 PING Junior Solheim Cup, where she was part of the victorious European team.
Rounding out the top five in the Girls’ Division are two Irvine, Californians, Leigh Chien and Alice Ziyi Zhao. They finished T2 at 11-under-par 277. Chien, a verbal commit from Stanford, was the low round at 6-under-par 66, moving her up three spots on the scoreboard. Leading after the first round, Zhao ended her week with an 1-under-par 71 to stay in the top two.
Elise Lee of Irvine, California finished the tournament in a solo fourth place with 6-under-par 282. Siuue Wu of (Hong Kong) Reunion, Florida, and member of the 2022 Junior All-Star Team, finished T5 along with Asterisk Talley of Chowchilla, California. Both juniors finished 5 under par 283.
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Koivun completes the comeback to conquer Boys’ Division
In the Boys’ Division, Koivun had to come from behind to take his first Rolex Tournament of Champions win. He never led a round until the last putt fell. The Auburn signer found himself in fifth place after the first round. It was his 3-under-par 69 second round that put him in contention. He would sit in second place for both the second and third rounds.
Koivun, No. 3 in the Rolex AJGA ranking, started the last round three strokes back. The 2023 graduate had a bogey-free round all the way to the 18th hole. A pair of crucial birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 15 saw Koivun top the leaderboard. From there, the Rolex Junior All-American played itself out for the rest of the round. Koivun took a two-stroke lead in the No. 18 hole and won the event on a bogey to clinch the win.
“It’s pretty cool, last year I took second place at this tournament, but I lost in a playoff, so that one hurt. It’s really nice to come back and compete for the second time and the take victory.”
This was Koivun’s second invitational and third overall AJGA win. He was also part of the victorious 2022 Junior Presidents Cup United States team.
Johnnie Clark of Mesa, Ariz., finished second at 12-under-par 276. Clark had a great week leading the leaderboard for the first three rounds. In third place with a 10-under-par 278 was Jeremy Chen of Taipei City, Taiwan.
Gerardo Gomez of (Mexico) Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, would finish fourth at 9-under-par 279. Asher Whitaker of Wichita, Kan, finished fifth in the top-5.
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ABOUT THE Rolex Tournament of Champions
The Rolex Tournament of Champions hosted at PGA National Resort & Spa saw 144 of the best junior golfers in the world from 14 countries compete on both the Fazio and Champion Courses. The tournament brings together the Rolex Junior All-Americans with last year’s champions to create The Greatest Week in Junior Golf. There are 69 current or former Rolex Junior All-Americans in the field, with a total of 93 AJGA champions competing. Format is 72 holes of stroke play, with boys and girls competitions.
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