Trent Phillips and Jacob Bridgeman earned top-10 finishes at the PGA Junior Championship. Neither Inman golfer could match the amazing performance of Akshay Bhatia.
The 15 year old golfer from Wake Forest, NC set a new tournament record with a four-round total of 266. He broke the existing record set by Pat Perez in 1993 by 5-shots.
“When I started this tournament, I never dreamed I would win by three strokes or beat the record by five strokes,” said Bhatia. “It’s such a good feeling coming off on top, after shooting 61. It’s awesome. I was focused on a number I wanted to get to, which was 22-under,” he said.
The new PGA Junior champion got to his number with birdie putts on number 14 and number 18.
Reid Davenport , of Austin, Texas, a Vanderbilt University commit, finished in second place and was just as amazed by Bhatia’s performance as everyone.
“If you would’ve told me I’d be 19-under and wouldn’t win, I would’ve called you crazy,” said Davenport.
Phillips started the day in third place and finished in the same spot. The SC Junior champion shot a final round 4-under par 68 to finish with a 271 total.
Bridgeman, who was as high as second place during the tournament, finished with a 2-under par 70 for a 277 total and a sixth place finish.