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Ethan Paschal, Vanessa Borovilos Earn Wins at Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship

Ethan Paschal (Fayetteville, N.C.) birdied the first playoff hole to cap a stunning rally while Vanessa Borovilos (Toronto, Canada) cruised en route to victory at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Presented by LA Golf at TPC Myrtle Beach.

[Final Leaderboard: Boys; Girls]

Paschal trailed by as many as five strokes in the final round but rode a furious back nine rally to victory. The University of North Carolina signee was 1-over on the day before catching fire and birdieing holes 13, 14, 15 and 18, to shoot 69 and force the playoff. 

Conversely, Jackson Herrington (Dickson, Tenn.) appeared to be cruising to victory before making bogey on the par 3 No. 17 and the par-5 18th, allowing Paschal to draw even at 4-under par after 54 holes.

The sudden death playoff was contested on No. 18 and Paschal earned the win in the ninth annual DJ World Junior by rolling in a five-foot birdie putt. 

Tyler Watts (Huntsville, Ala.), shot his second consecutive 69, highlighted by an 18th hole birdie, and finished the DJ World Junior at 3-under par, good for third place. Blades Brown (Nashville, Tenn.), America’s No. 1 ranked junior, according to Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS), shot a final round 70 and finished in fourth place with a cumulative score of 2-under par.

On a difficult day for scoring, Borovilos’ 75 was good enough to maintain the three-shot advantage she had entering the final round. She finished the event at even par, three clear of Mia Hammond (New Albany, Ohio), Brynn Kort (Henderson, Nev.) and Ryleigh Knaub (DeBary, Fla.).

A Texas A&M signee, Borovilos is the fifth ranked junior girl in America, according to JGS, and she was never seriously threatened over the final 18 holes by a field that included 26 top 100 girls. TPC Myrtle Beach presented a demanding test and the key to Borovilos’ victory was her ability to avoid the big number, as she made just eight bogeys all weekend, the lowest number in the field.