Proveaux drains birdie putt to win Junior PGA



FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., drained a 15-foot putt from the fringe for birdie on the 18th hole at Sycamore Hills Golf Club to win the 36th Junior PGA Championship.

He bettered, by one stroke, Lorens Chan of Honolulu, Hawaii, who had made a putt from the same spot for birdie to tie Proveaux atop the leader board Friday afternoon.

Proveaux, who shot a final-round 1-over 73, finished the 72-hole tournament at 6 under.

The girls’ side was won in dominating fashion by Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who had a final-round 70 to finish at 15 under, 10 strokes better than Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga.

The 15-year-old Jutanugarn had 21 birdies, 46 pars and only five holes worse than par at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, where 156 players from the U.S., Columbia, China and Thailand competed. The 17-year-old Proveaux had 20 birdies, 40 pars and only 12 holes worse than that.