Sean Maruyama of Los Angeles, California, notched the first major victory of his young career, winning the 2016 Western Junior Championship by two strokes.


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Sean Maruyama wins 2016 Western Junior

ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN (June 23, 2016) –- Sean Maruyama, one of the youngest players in the field at 16, demonstrated the poise of a polished veteran Thursday as he held off a late charge by Trevor Brown to capture the 99th Western Junior at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Michigan, in suburban Detroit.

Maruyama, of Los Angeles, closed with a 2-under par 70 for a 72-hole total of 10-under 278, winning the nation's oldest junior amateur by two strokes.

Brown briefly took the lead in the final round before settling for second at 280 -- matching Maruyama over the last 18 with a final round 70.

Maruyama held the second- and third-round leads and entered the final round with a two-shot cushion.

"It feels amazing," Maruyama said. "It's the biggest tournament I've ever won. I definitely did feel the pressure. I made a mess of things on the first hole (a bogey 6). I pretty much kept it together after that.




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