IJGA student, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, won her second Girls’ Junior Americas Cup title on July 31, 2014, atWalla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash. The 54-hole tournament consisted of 18 teams of four players representing three countries and many western states.
Valdes finished the tournament with an 8-under-par 208 tournament total, which was four strokes clear of second-place finisher Stephanie Lau of Fullerton, Calif. Valdes’ finish was a tournament record for most strokes under par in the 37 years of the Girls’ Junior Americas Cup. She made 14 birdies over the course of the tournament.
Valdes started off the tournament with a solid round of even-par 72, and then took the lead in the second round after a 4-under-par 68. On the final day, she left everyone behind firing another 4-under-par 68 to capture the title. Valdes was one of only four players to shoot in the 60s for the tournament, and the only player to do so twice.
After notching her second victory in the event, she joins Pat Hurst, Lorena Ochoa and Lee Lopez as the only players to win the individual title more than once.
In the team competition, Valdes helped Mexico secure the title again for 2014. Team Mexico won the competition by seven strokes over Southern California.
For complete results from the Girls’ Junior Americas Cup, click here.