The spring semester is winding down, but the great results keep coming for BGGA students.
Ben El Cohn finished T3 in the AJGA Sergio Garcia Foundation Junior Championship at ChampionsGate Golf Club on the International Course. Cohn finished at 5-over 149, just three shots out of a playoff for first.
Cohn used four birdies and six bogeys for a first-round 74. While he only had two birdies in the second round, Cohn held on to a top spot on the leaderboard.
“Extremely good short game and discipline contributed to Ben’s success,” said Iain Highfield, BGGA Director of Mental Training. “He understood that he’s going to miss some greens and miss some putts because of the wind and the harder greens. Picking smart targets and not firing at every pin was something he did very well.”
Carlos Marrero finished fifth and just one shot behind fellow BGGA student Cohn in his last event with BGGA. Marrero shot 77 and 73 for a 6-over 150.
“Carlos has made a lot of ground controlling himself on the golf course,” said Highfield. “He’s still not perfect and gets a little stressed but in the three years that he’s been here, he’s shown a lot of growth. Sometimes he gets in his own way, and I think this weekend he bounced back from double bogeys and tough breaks a couple of times. That shows that he’s grown mentally and evolved as a player and as a person.”
Both players had the honor of meeting recent Masters winner Sergio Garcia during the trophy ceremony.
Nine players competed in the event. With only a few weeks left in the spring semester, BGGA students are preparing to bring home more great finishes.