Demarois, Dinh Capture Michigan Section Junior PGA Championships

EAST LANSING - David DeMarois of Brighton and Kimberly Dinh of Midland won the 2010 Michigan  Junior PGA Championship Thursday, June 24 at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek.

By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, DeMarois and Dinh qualified for the 35th Junior PGA Championship, Aug. 2-5, 2010, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

DeMarois, age 15, posted a final round 69 for a two-day total of 136 (-8) and a 4-stroke victory over Alex Wunderlich of Ann Arbor. Kimberly Dinh had a final round 72 for a two-day total of 147 and a 5-stroke victory over Emmie Pietila of Brighton. Andrew Walker from Battle Creek captured the 12 and Under title on Wednesday, June 23 by shooting a 77.

The Junior PGA Championship is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, winners of the nine PGA Junior Series events and a few other national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college.

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars.

Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Stewart Cink, In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Anthony Kim, Dottie Pepper, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Grace Park, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

 

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