Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) students Dongjin Park and Ying Ting Hsieh won the boys and girls divisions respectively at the AJGA Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior in Okatie, South Carolina.
Park and Hsieh are rising seniors at BGGA. Park has been a student-athlete at BGGA for four years, and Hsieh is entering her third year at BGGA.
Hseih, of Huantan Township, Taiwan, won with a 1-over-par for 211. This is her first AJGA win and fifth AJGA event. In the 2017 Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior Hsieh placed T19. In 2017 Hsieh won the Girls Division at the IJGT Central Florida Classic at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista course, after a one-hole sudden death playoff.
Park, from Seoul, South Korea, won wire-to-wire at 3-under-par for 207. This is Park’s first AJGA win. His previous best finish came at the 2017 EMoney.com/Daniel Berger Junior Championship at T6. Park was the second highest ranked player in the Boys Division at T193 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
“I was very nervous and excited to win my first AJGA event,” said Ying Ting. “After I made eagle on 15 on the final day and my competitor made birdie, it gave me the confidence I needed to finish strong and earn the win. I’m very happy and proud to be an AJGA Champion!”
“I always wanted to win an AJGA but I didn’t think it would happen so soon so it was really nice,” said Donjin. “The rain delay actually helped me because I had just made a bogey on the par 3, 11th hole. I took the time to settle my nerves and focus on what was ahead. I finished strong and capitalized on the birdie holes which was a key to maintaining my lead.”
In just five short years, BGGA is proud to have built the foremost golf coaching team in junior golf with the results of our students evidencing the quality of instruction and development.
Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) has supplanted itself as the dominant force in junior golf after the success during the 2017-18 academic year. The total wins for BGGA this past year is a record for the Academy at 39. There was a total of 109 top-3 finishes and 213 top-10 finishes.