Joe Highsmith Earns Medalist Honors at PNGA Junior Boys' Amateur!

Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash. shot rounds of 71-66 to earn medalist honors and the No. 1 seed heading into the match-play competition of the 62nd Pacific Northwest Junior Amateur.

Highsmith blistered the front nine of today's round, shooting a 5-under par 31 to build a 4-stroke lead with nine holes to play. He then held on as his playing partner, Spencer Tibbits of Vancouver, Wash., went on a birdie binge of his own, with four consecutive birdies on holes 14 through 17 to pull even with Highsmith. But Highsmith was able to save par from a fairway bunker on 17, then sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 to earn the No. 1 seed by one stroke over Tibbits.

"I had a good run on the front nine," Highsmith said, "making eagle on No. 8, and then a long stretch of pars on the back side. Spencer, with his four birdies in a row, made a good run at me. It was nice to make a putt (on 18) to get it done.

Last week, Highsmith held the lead at the Washington State Men's Amateur in the final round before missing the playoff by a single stroke. Earlier this summer, Highsmith finished second in the WJGA State Championship, was the qualifying medalist for the U.S. Junior Amateur, and won the AJGA Ryan Moore Junior Championship.

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