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