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Record-setting performances Propel Akshay Bhatia and Alexa Pano to Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship wins

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Akshay Bhatia, the No. 1 junior boy in the world, and Alexa Pano, America’s third-ranked junior girl, cruised to record-setting victories at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Sunday at TPC Myrtle Beach. The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is a 54-hole college style event that has quickly grown into one of the top junior events in America. With Johnson’s support, the tournament provides players a PGA Tour-like experience, and the opportunity to test themselves against a premier field.

Bhatia (Wake Forest, N.C.), who entered the final round with a two-stroke advantage, shot 33 on the front nine, staking the 17-year-old North Carolinian to a commanding lead. He fired a 3-under par 69 on the day and finished the tournament at 10-under par, 206, six shots clear of second place Luke Clanton (Miami Lakes, Fla.). Bhatia shattered the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship scoring record of 5-under par, 211, previously held by Trent Phillips in 2017. He also equaled TPC Myrtle Beach’s 54-hole tournament record of 206, set in 2007 by East Tennessee State University’s Rhys Davies. For 11 years, TPC Myrtle Beach hosted the General Hackler Championship, a 54-hole collegiate event, and the tournament counts Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed among its alumni.

This was Bhatia’s fourth appearance at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, and his performance has mirrored his meteoric rise in the game. He finished 10th in his first two turns and second in 2018.

Pano’s victory makes her the first player – boy or girl – to win the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship twice, and she coasted to victory. Just 14-years-old, Pano (Lake Worth, Fla.) entered the final round with an eight-shot lead. She played the opening nine in even par, never giving the field a glimmer of hope. Pano shot a final round 71 and finished at 7-under par 209, easily besting her own tournament record of 218.

Pano has played in the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship twice and been the leader at the end of all six rounds she has played. Latanna Stone (Riverview, Fla.), a signee at LSU, finished the event at 5-over par, good for a second-place finish. Jensen Castle (West Columbia, S.C.), who will be playing for the University of Kentucky in the fall, was a stroke behind Stone in third.

TPC Myrtle Beach played 6,997 yards from the tips for the boys and 6,055 yards for the girls.

The event was held in a week that began with Dustin Johnson’s dominant win in Mexico City and featured his induction into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame. Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his longtime commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $500,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.

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Williams has a reputation as a savvy broadcaster, and as an incisive interviewer and writer. An avid golfer himself, Williams has covered the game of golf and the golf lifestyle including courses, restaurants, travel and sports marketing for publications all over the world. He is currently working with a wide range of outlets in traditional and electronic media, and has produced and hosted “Sticks and Stones” on the Fox Radio network, a critically acclaimed show that combined coverage of the golf world with interviews of the Washington power elite. His work on Newschannel8’s “Capital Golf Weekly” and “SportsTalk” have established him as one of the area’s most trusted sources for golf reporting. Williams has also made numerous radio appearances on “The John Thompson Show,” and a host of other local productions. He is a sought-after speaker and panel moderator, he has recently launched a new partnership with The O Team to create original golf-themed programming and events. Williams is a member of the United States Golf Association and the Golf Writers Association of America.

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  1. JP

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Killer scores for kids that age. That’s talent!
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    What tee box do each of them play from in a competition like this?

  2. CJ

    Mar 4, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Absolutely insane. Congrats to both of them

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GolfWRX was live on the range, on-course,  and in the tour trucks at Torrey Pines this week, and we have a forum full of photos for our efforts!

While you can feast on all our galleries in the forums, we’re serving up an appetizer of some of the most interesting shots from the famed California course.

Some superb stamping from Vokey’s Aaron Dill on Ben Taylor’s SM8 wedges.

The Cobra tour department’s wedge efforts are, in the words of Judge Smails, “no slouch!” Justin Suh’s 52 and 58-degree Cobra King wedges.

A look at the spread of new Odyssey Triple Track putters

Rickie Fowler’s prototype Cobra blades and carry bag combo

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Check out all our galleries from the Farmers Insurance Open below

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And check out the discussion thread here to see what WRXers are saying

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PGA Show 2020: Demo Day recap

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The GolfWRX crew are on the ground at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando primed to deliver bundles of content to our members from the annual gearhead junkie extravaganza all week long.

On Tuesday, it was the show’s Demo Day from Orange County National Golf Center, and we got an up-close and in-hand look at the latest and greatest in the world of golf equipment. Here’s a recap of what our team got their hands on from Demo Day.

5 eye-catching shots from Demo Day:

Great look at Cobra’s T-Rail iron/hybrid from address.

Callaway’s Mavrik.

A close look at Lamkin’s new Calibrate grips for 2020.

Titleist’s T400 iron.

AmzingCre Golf doing their very unique thing.

Our forums are jam-packed with photographs of all the best that yesterday’s Demo Day had to offer. Here’s what our crew snapped on Tuesday.

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Here’s a look at what has grabbed our member’s attention from Demo Day:

Seve0992: “The Honma blade looks as nice as any I have seen so far.”

No_Catchy_Nickname: “Docus make some really funky designs. I’d say both those irons are relatively understated for them.”

mBiden2: “(Srixon) Z forged definitely looking like they’ll be in the bag this upcoming year.”

jwadds19: “I think this one is the one I am most excited to learn about. Skytrak comparisons should be fun.”

Pmookie: “Those Srixon wedges!!!!”

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Additionally, you can snack on some photo and video morsels—including the “3-Shot Challenge”—on our Instagram and in our Instagram stories.

Brian Knudson checking out a new Ping G710 iron.

GolfWRX had all the bases covered on Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show, and the team will be live for the rest of the week’s action, so stay tuned for more great content from the Major of the Golf Business.

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GolfWRX’s 2020 PGA Merchandise Show coverage: What’s ahead

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GolfWRX staffers are presently scouring the range at the Orange County National Golf Center for PGA Show Demo Day. You can snack on some photo and video morsels—including the “3-Shot Challenge”—on our Instagram and in our Instagram stories.

Johnny Wunder testing the new Titleist T100-S irons (video in our Instagram story)

The crew have also gotten quick demos of the Cobra SZ Extreme driver, Titleist T400 irons, and an impressive new driver from Tour Edge so far as well as the new Callaway Mavrik and Mizuno ST200G drivers.

This evening, we’ll begin loading up the forums with photos from Demo Day.

We’ll post our daily recap pieces, along with takeaways from the crew on the ground, and when we see an absolute showstopper, we’ll do a deeper dive in article form.

Brian Knudson checking out a new Ping G710 iron.

Stay tuned!

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