William Mouw of Chino, California, won the 100th Western Junior at Park Ridge Country Club.
William Mouw wins 2017 Western Junior
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (Thursday, June 22) – William Mouw, 16, of Chino, California, made his long walk look easy Thursday, showing stamina and skill in mastering the 36-hole final and posting a record-tying, wire-to-wire victory in the 100th Western Junior at Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge, Illinois, Thursday.
Mouw, who held a two-shot lead heading into the final day, strolled away from the field with a pair of 3-under 67s for a 72-hole total of 266 to tie the 72-hole record set by Hunter Mahan in 1999 on the Tradition course at Treetops Sylvan Resort in Michigan. In second, a distant eight shots back at 274, was Karl Vilips, 15, of Australia.
After taking the 36-hole lead Wednesday, Mouw said he had walked 36 holes six days in a row recently to prepare for the Western Junior’s arduous final day. That preparation helped him best the heat and humidity that blanketed Park Ridge Country Club throughout the day and paved the way to his win.
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