Nicholas Dunlap, Jacqueline Putrino Win Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship

Jacqueline Putrino (Sarasota, Fla.) and Nicholas Dunlap (Huntsville, Ala.) overcame final round deficits to win the 6th annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Sunday March 7 at TPC Myrtle Beach.

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – Nicholas Dunlap (Huntsville, Ala.) and Jacqueline Putrino (Sarasota, Fla.) today each overcame final round deficits to win the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship here at TPC Myrtle Beach.

Dunlap entered the final round just one shot off the lead, but built a cushion that allowed him to overcome a double bogey on No. 16. Dunlap shot a final round 75 and finished the 54-hole event at three-under par, two strokes clear of Luke Clanton (Miami Lakes, Fla.), Brendan Valdes (Orlando, Fla.) and Maxwell Ford (Peachtree Corners, Ga.).

Putrino was four-over par on the day and tied with Hyo Joon Jang atop the leaderboard when she made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par 5, 18th hole for the victory. She finished at six-over par, one better than Jang and two strokes clear of Savannah Hylton (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Catherine Park (Irvine, Calif.).

The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship featured a 90-player field (60 boys, 30 girls), including 74 top 100 juniors.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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