Amateur golfer Collin Morikawa had no problem telling the truth. Despite not having any troubles staying on top of the leaderboard, Morikawa didn’t necessarily find the first nine holes on Friday at the 96th Western Junior Championship to be very exciting.
“It was boring golf,” said Morikawa with a laugh. “That’s what we all say. Eight pars in a row, and then finally a birdie.”
Of course if boring helps lead to a win, then there is nothing more exciting then that. Morikawa finished with four birdies on the back-nine, wrapping up one of the longest-running amateur tournament for juniors in the process with a score of 13-under par. Morikawa shot a 67 on the final day of the tournament at Meridian Hills Country Club, dropping his final putt for birdie on the eighteenth hole like a true champion.
“I knew I just needed to make sure to make the putt,” said Morikawa, who is from La Canada Flintridge, California. “I drained it.”
Finishing runner-up in the tournament was Dylan Meyer from Evansville, shooting a 68 on Friday and an overall eight-under for the tournament. Meyer started off the day rough with a bogey on hole number-one, but came back around quickly with six birdies and two bogeys to finish the rest of round.
“I was pretty proud of what I was doing,” said Meyer.
“I came back from shooting a 74, and shot two four-unders, and a three-under on this last day. I was pretty proud of my game as my putting came along well and my ball striking. I worked hard for it, and it showed these last rounds.”