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Chile’s Joaquin Niemann Wins the 2017 Junior Invitational

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (April 22, 2017) – Joaquin Niemann of Chile shot a third-round 67 on Saturday to finish at 12 under par and claim victory at the 2017 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Niemann shot a 67 on Thursday finishing round one in the lead, but had fallen one stroke behind by the end of play on Friday. Consistent play on Saturday, including dependable drives and a sure putter lifted the Chilean junior to 12 under on hole No. 13, which proved to be the winning score. This was Niemann’s second win in as many weeks, claiming victory at the AJGA TaylorMade-Adidas Junior at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, FL last weekend.

This year was Niemann’s third appearance at the Junior Invitational after a banner 2016 season during which he scored six wins including the IMG Junior World Championship and the Toyota Junior World Cup. He presently is ranked No. 2 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

Runner-up at the 2017 Junior Invitational was 2016 defending champion Austin Eckroat of Edmund, OK who finished at 8 under. Rounding out the top 10 finishers are:

T3Garrett Barber (Stuart, FL)-7
T3Min Woo Lee (Australia)-7
T3Davis Shore (Knoxville, TN)-7
6John Axelsen (Denmark)-6
T7Jacob Bergeron (Slidell, LA)-5
T7Sean Maruyama (Japan)-5
T7Cameron John (Australia)-5
10Michael Sanders (Davidson, NC)-4

View the full leaderboard at www.juniorinvitational.com.

About the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club

Since 2011, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club has been recognized as the most competitive junior golf event in the world. The game’s top 54 players are invited to participate in a professionally styled event, where they have the opportunity to meet sponsors and NCAA coaches, while playing one of the country’s most exciting courses. The generous support of tournament sponsors allows players to attend at no personal cost for travel or accommodations, and has raised nearly $1.5 million for the First Tee chapters in Aiken and Augusta. Tournament organizers look forward to supporting additional children's charities which now includes the Press On Fund. The 2017 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club will be held April 20 – 22. For more information, visit www.juniorinvitational.com.