Berkshire Eagle Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Texan Daniel Martinez and New York’s Austin Fox took wire-to-wire victories in the boys’ age divisions, leaving the final-hole drama to the girls in the PGA Junior Series tournament at Taconic Golf Club on Thursday.
Lois Kaye Go, of the Philippines, trailed by a shot with a hole to play but took advantage of a double bogey by Virginia’s Alex Wright on the par-5 18th to prevail by one shot in the 54-hole tournament.
Go, who was tied with Maya Walton, of Austin, Texas, entering the final round, made a par on No. 18 to shoot a 5-over 76 and finish at 14-over 227. Wright had her third consecutive 76 while first-round leader Walton (81) finished five shots back.
Go led by two shots entering the final nine holes but bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15, combined with six straight pars and a birdie by Wright, suddenly put her a shot behind. Both girls made bogeys on the difficult par-3 17th before Wright’s unfortunate finish.
"The first day I didn’t play great so it’s nice to come out and play solid over the final two rounds," said Go, who opened with a 78.
Martinez, like Walton a resident of Austin, shot a 3-over 74 Thursday to finish at 7-over 220 to win the 15-18 boys’ division by seven shots over New Jersey’s Sam Goldenring (73), who is the brother of Williams College golfer Jake Goldenring.
Though he won by seven, Martinez was only two ahead after he shot a 38 on the front. But the lead grew again with his even-par 36 on the back.
"It was rough the last two days after a great start," said the 15-year-old, who fired an opening 69. "I’m just glad to have pulled it out to be able to go to the junior [PGA] championship."
The winners of the eight PGA Junior Series tournaments earn spots in the Junior PGA Championship, which starts July 29 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Fox, of Delmar, N.Y., had his worst round, an 83, but still won the 12-14 division by four shots over New Hampshire’s Phin Choukas. The winner finished at 22-over 235.
The tournament attracted 74 players from 10 states and four foreign countries -- the Philippines, China (three players) and Brazil.