Agnes Irwin junior Kaitlyn Lees was the model of consistency in the American Junior Golf Association Junior at Penn State as she carded a third straight 4-over-par 76 Monday at the Blue Course to finish tied for 11th at 12-over 228.
Lees, the reigning two-time Pennsylvania Junior champion, was coming off her second career Inter-Ac League title, which she claimed May 17 at Gulph Mills Golf Club.
Alexandra Swayne of Maineville, Ohio captured the girls title, closing out with a 1-under 71 at the par-72 Penn State Blue Course, which measures 5,984 yards for the girls. That gave Swayne a 54-hole total of 3-under 213 as she was the only girl in the field to finish under par.
Sophia Bae of Norwood, N.J. was the runnerup as she finished three shots behind Swayne at even-par 216 after a final round of 3-over 75.
North Allegheny sophomore Caroline Wrigley, who won the WPIAL Class AAA title last fall, was the low Pennsylvanian in the field as she carded a final-round 76 to finish at 1-over 217. Wrigley and Bae had shared the lead after 36 holes at 3-under 141.
The AJGA Junior at Penn State marked the return of an AJGA event to Penn State for the first time since 2013.
Wrigley shared third with Esther Park of Wilmington, Del., who had a final-round 74. Park has been a standout on the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour in recent years.
One of the players sharing 11th with Lees at 228 was Katie James, a senior on Shady Side Academy’s PIAA Class AAA championship team last fall. James posted a final-round 78.
Laura Freyvold, a sophomore at Pine Richland who finished fourth in the PIAA Class AAA Championship last fall, finished tied for 14th at Penn State with a 229 total. Freyvold struggled a little in the final round, posting an 80 after matching par with a 72 in Saturday’s second round.
Radnor senior Gabby Kim, the PIAA Class AAA East Regional champion as a junior, finished alone in 22nd at 245 after a final-round 82.
Manheim Township sophomore Ellen Wager finished strong with a 78 to end up in in 23rd at 246. Julianne Lee of York finished 24th at 247 after a final-round 86.
Doug Ergood of Mount Laurel, N.J. fired a final round of 5-under 67 on the Blue Course, which measures 7,044 yards for the guys, to win the boys division for his first AJGA title.
The 17-year-old Ergood was a birdie machine, making nine of them, and he needed every one of them to hold off Stephen Sul of Old Bridge, N.J. by a shot. Ergood finished with a 5-under 211 total. Sul had a final round of 3-over 75 to end up at 4-under 212.
Latrobe sophomore Brady Pevarnik, who finished tied for third at last fall’s PIAA Class AAA Championship, shared low-Pennsylvania honors with Hunter Bruce of McMurray as they were among a trio of players tied for sixth at even-par 216. Pevarnik had a final round of 1-under 71 while Bruce matched par in the final round with a 72.
Patrick Kelly of Erie, who had a final-round 72, and Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, who finished up with a 75, were in the group tied for 16th at 5-over 221. Mechanicsburg senior Campbell Wolf, the PIAA Class AAA runnerup last fall, had a sparkling 3-under 69 in the final round to move up into a tie for 19th at 222.
Louis Olsakovsky of Upper St. Clair finished tied for 21st at 223 with a final-round 77. Logan Hess of Lancaster struggled home with a final-round 81 after opening up with rounds of 74 and 70 to finish 26th at 225.
Palmer Jackson of Murrysville and Lukas Clark of Holland were among the group tied for 31st at 228 as Jackson finished up with a 77 and Clark posted a final-round 78.
Norristown sophomore Caleb Ryan, who reached the PIAA Class AAA Championship at the Heritage Hills Resort last fall, finished in a tie for 34th at 229 after a final-round 78. William Mirams of Stroudsburg carded a 2-over 74 to finish tied for 37th at 230 and Christopher Tanabe of Sewickley was another shot back in a tie for 39th at 230 after a final-round 76.
Jonathan Lumley, a member of Spring-Ford’s District One Class AAA championship team, finished 44th at 237 after posting a final-round 80.
Radnor junior David Colleran Jr., the reigning Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Boys’ champion, struggled home with an 82 to finish tied for 45th at 238 and Buddy Hansen of Blue Bell had a final-round 85 to finish tied for 49th at 240.