Rising Mill Creek High School senior Shawn Yim placed second at last week’s Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic golf tournament held at the Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga.
Franco Castro of Alpharetta, Ga., fired a final round 6-under-par 64 to capture the title. Yim finished in second place with a tournament total 2-under-par 208.
Blaine Woodruff of Acworth, Ga., finished in third with a tournament total 1-under-par 209. Tied in fourth and rounding out the top of the leaderboard with tournament totals of even-par 210 were Jack Yancey of Rome, Ga., Jade Scott of Daingerfield, Texas, Sean Hassell of Walhalla, S.C., Clark Palmer of Augusta, Ga., Tyler Mitchell of Cadiz, Ky., and Logan Knebels of Alpharetta, Ga.
In the girls’ division, Maria Piccio of Bradenton, Fla., shot a final round 2-under-par 69 for a tournament total 6-under-par 207 and her second win of the season. Piccio's final-round 69 was enough to hold off a rally by defending champion Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C.
Finishing tied for third with tournament totals of 3-under-par 210 were Anna Keith of Moultrie, Ga., and Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic featured 99 players from 18 states and South America. The field consisted of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18. The boys’ division played Coosa Country Club as a par-70 at 6,783 yards, while the girls’ division played it as a par-71 at 6,036 yards.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.