Kendall Maynard tames Three Ridges to win Tennessee Girls Junior Amateur
KNOXVILLE – What a difference a year makes.
Just a year later, Maynard, who is committed to Belmont University, hoisted the championship trophy after firing a 4-hole total of 5-under 211.
For non-math majors, that’s a 22-shot improvement.
Maynard’s steady play – she went the final 40 holes without a bogey – resulted in a one-shot victory over recent Tennessee commit Kyndie Adams at Three Ridges Golf Course.
“I would definitely say I’ve made a lot of improvement with my short game, and that has helped my scoring,” Maynard told tngolf.org of her one-year improvement. “My wedges and putting have got a lot better. I’m just really happy right now to see all my hard work pay off. My goal was to hit fairways and greens and make as many pars as I could.”
The win was the second of the summer for Maynard, a Clarksville native. Earlier, she won a Sneds Tour event at Tennessee Grasslands by shooting 7-under 137 in the two-day event.
Maynard’s improved short-game play proved crucial when she got up-and-down from a greenside bunker for par on the final hole to avoid a playoff with Adams. Maynard led by one shot over Adams starting the final round.
Maynard had rounds of 74-68-69. Adams shot 75-68-69.
“There were so many great girls playing this week and they played fantastic,” Maynard said. “It means a lot to be able to play just as well as them. Kynadie played phenomenal and I’m just happy to get the win.”
Carthage’s Sophie Linder finished third with three straight rounds of 72.
Lynn Lim of Gallatin was fourth (71-74-72–217), followed by Kingsport’s Isabella van der Biest at 78-71-71–220).
Rounding out the top ten were: Claire Henson of Jackson (75-76-72–223), Anna Heck of Memphis (77-72-78–227), McKinley Cunningham of Clarksville (76-71-80–227), Sadie Pan of Clarksville (79-75-74–228), and Madeline Simcox of Bristol (78-77-75–230)