Edwin Yi of Beaumont, CA and Ellen Takada of Irvine, CA won the 2014 Southern California Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks Thursday, May 26th at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, CA.
By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Yi and Takada qualified for the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, July 29-August 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Edwin Yi, 18, posted a final-round one under par 71 for a two-day total of 140 and landing him into a playoff with Storm Lee of Murrieta, CA where Yi won with a birdie on the first hole. Edwin has now gone back to back winning the Southern California Junior PGA for consecutive years. Ellen Takada, 17, had a final-round one under par 71 for a two-day total of 142 and a four-stroke victory over Danielle Lee of La Mirada, CA.
In the 12 & Under division, Wei Yu Gao of the Philippines posted rounds of 34-36 for a tournament total of two under 70 to be crowned boys champion. Shani White of El Segundo posted rounds of 39-42 for a total of 81 and winning the Girls 12 & Under division.
The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the eight PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship.
The Southern California PGA would like to wish Edwin and Ellen at the best of luck at the Junior PGA Championship.
The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, David Toms, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.