Coming into the final round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Johnny Widmer of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, was in seventh place and five strokes behind the leader. On a day when disaster struck on the back 9 for several of the leaders, Widmer had a solid performance and shot a 72 Sunday to end in a three-way tie for second in the boys 16-18 division.
Widmer, who won the boys 14-15 age division of the Optimist last year, had a four-day 74-72-74-72-292.
Mark Hubbard of Denver, Colorado, entered the day tied for fourth and ended the day a champion at the Optimist. Hubbard, too, kept a steady pace, shot a 1-under 71 and took home a championship. Hubbard ended the day 3 strokes ahead of the competition with a score of 73-72-73-71-289.
Tied for second with Widmer were Jose Ignacio Guzman Arias of Tucuman, Argentina, with 72-70-75-75-292 and Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Bangkok, Thailand, with 67-72-76-77-292. Tangkamolprasert entered the day with a 1-stroke lead but was 5 over on the back nine, leaving plenty of opportunity for the other golfers. Sebastian Pinzon, who entered the final round in second place, was also 5 over on the back 9, finished the day with a 78 and ended in a tie for sixth.
Complete results are available at www.optimist.org by going to the website, looking under ‘Junior Golf’ and selecting the tournament name or by going to www.juniorgolfresults.com and clicking on the tournament name.