Milanowski wins E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by PotashCorp
Srinivasan victorious in the Girls Division
EVANS, Ga. — Jake Milanowski of Peachtree City, Georgia, finished at 2-under-par 214 and won the playoff at the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by PotashCorp. In the Girls Division, Natalie Srinivasan of Spartanburg, South Carolina, won after shooting 220 at Jones Creek Golf Club.
Milanowski, seeking his first AJGA victory, entered the final round with a share of the lead. The Auburn commit had a roller-coaster final round that included birdies on No. 4, No. 9 and No. 16. After an errant tee shot on No. 18 the rising junior salvaged a spot in the playoff.
“I got off to a solid start,” Milanowski said. “I made a 30-footer on No. 16 to put myself in great position. After a bad drive on No. 18 I told myself to stay positive. I made a five footer to get into the playoff and regain my confidence”
The playoff was contested on No. 18. Milanowski stuck his approach to three feet in front of a sizeable crowd. After finishing third in the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by PotashCorp last year Milanowski was able to seal the victory this year.
“I had 178 yards uphill which I thought would be perfect,” Milanowski said. “I flushed it; I didn’t think it would be that close but it was nice to have a three-footer for the win. It was an amazing feeling, I dream about winning like that. This event is amazing; we get treated like pros so to win with so many of those volunteers watching was incredible.”
Colin Bowles of Clear Fork, West Virginia, finished in second at 2-under-par 214. Daniel Fienemann of Peachtree City, Georgia, came in third at 1-under-par 215. Spenser Slayden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Bill Sharpe of Albany, Georgia and Andrew Chong of Grovetown, Georgia, finished fourth at even-par 216.
Srinivasan also entered the final round in the lead. After placing in the top-five at the last two E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championships presented by PotashCorp the rising senior was able to knock in a three-footer on No. 18 to clinch her first AJGA Open victory.
“I kept the same mentality as I had the first two days,” Srinivasan said. “There are some great players out here so I knew I had to keep hitting good shots. I kept hitting greens today and I was confident in my putting. It was a great feeling once the ball went in the hole on No. 18. I proved to myself I was able to win and there is no better place to do it than here where we get treated like pros.”
Morgan Baxendale of Windermere, Florida, came in second place at 221. Alissa Yang of Norcross, Georgia, finished third at 224.
For more information about the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by PotashCorp, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at 770-868-4200.