It was a great way to go out for High Point’s Davis Womble in his final junior tournament.
Womble, now a freshman member of the golf team at Wake Forest, collected numerous titles during his sensational junior career but he had never won an AJGA event until late August.
He made the trip to Pennsylvania to compete in the Corse Max/Philadelphia Runner Junior and closed with a 2-under-par 69 at White Manor Country Club to claim a come-from-behind victory.
He was three shots behind after opening with 75-70 but he came out firing on the front nine, scoring two birdies and an eagle. That was enough to propel him to the lead. He had a couple bogeys to open the back nine but he answered with a birdie at the 12th hole and then made solid pars the rest of the way to secure a two-shot win.
“I’ve had several other chances to win in AJGA tournaments but haven’t pulled through, so it’s a good victory,” Womble said. “It’s a nice bonus to win right before I leave for college.”
Womble made his collegiate debut Sept. 16-18 and tied for 21st in the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Mitchell wins at Carolina Trace
Eric Mitchell of Winston-Salem claimed his second junior victory of the summer on Sept. 16 when he survived a sudden death playoff to win the Robert Trent Jones Junior Open.
The North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation Tour event, played at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, featured a field of 45. Four of the players finished at 150 – Mitchell (76-74), Gray Townsend of Winston-Salem (76-74), Blake Fiest of Huntersville (73-77) and Timothy Conover of Holly Springs (80-70).
Mitchell needed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to join the leaders.
Conover, who finished earlier than the rest of the field, left the course and wasn’t around for the playoff. The remaining three parred the first playoff hole (No. 10) but Mitchell claimed the victory with a birdie on the par-4 11th.
Mitchell, a junior at Forsyth Country Day, didn’t have to sweat out a playoff for his previous victory. He shot 69-68 and rolled to a 10-shot margin in the 29th annual Mid Pines Junior Invitational at Mid Pines Golf Club in Southern Pines.