Clay County's Tyler McDaniel, a UK commitment, wins Junior PGA Championship

August 2, 2013 

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. — Tyler McDaniel birdied the final two holes to win the Junior PGA Championship, and Amy Lee closed with a 15-foot par putt to top the girls' division.

The 17-year-old McDaniel, who will be a junior this fall at Clay County, shot a 2-under 69 to finish at 10-under 274 at Trump National Golf Club — Washington, D.C. He won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy.

McDaniel made a double bogey on the par-4 16th after losing his ball in the fescue on the right side of the fairway, then birdied the par-5 17th and par-4 18th for the victory. After his approach at the 18th stopped 4 feet from the hole, he fist-pumped as his winning putt rolled into the cup.

"After 16 I knew I had to go birdie, birdie and I did, which was huge," said McDaniel, who has already committed to play at the University of Kentucky. "I am pretty long off the tee so that helped. I like the look of 18. I can hit 3-wood off the tee and that club is always money. It gives me a good yardage into the green and I caught the approach shot perfect."

McDaniel, who finished eighth in the 2012 Junior PGA Championship, was overwhelmed by the victory.

"This means a lot to me, after not quite getting the job done last year in this event," he said. "This is my first big- time, national win and it feels so good right now."

Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., had a 67 to finish a shot back.

The 16-year-old Lee, from Brea, Calif., also finished with a 69 for a 5-under 279 total. She won the Patty Berg Trophy. Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., shot a 71 to finish a stroke back.

Lee overcame a three-shot deficit in the final three holes, making a birdie on 17. Carlson closed with three straight bogeys.

"I'm excited and happy right now," Lee said. "This is the biggest accomplishment I have had yet in golf and I feel honored to win this championship. I'm a fighter and I knew I could do it."

Maddie Rose Hamilton, a junior-to-be who was a member of Sacred Heart's state championship squad this past season, finished tied for 23rd at 10-over for the tournament.

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. — Tyler McDaniel birdied the final two holes to win the Junior PGA Championship, and Amy Lee closed with a 15-foot par putt to top the girls' division.

The 17-year-old McDaniel, who will be a junior this fall at Clay County, shot a 2-under 69 to finish at 10-under 274 at Trump National Golf Club - Washington, D.C. He won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy.

McDaniel made a double bogey on the par-4 16th after losing his ball in the fescue on the right side of the fairway, then birdied the par-5 17th and par-4 18th for the victory. When his approach at the 18th stopped 4 feet from the hole he fist-pumped as his winning putt rolled into the cup.

"After 16 I knew I had to go birdie, birdie and I did, which was huge," said McDaniel, who has already committed to play at the University of Kentucky. "I am pretty long off the tee so that helped. I like the look of 18. I can hit 3-wood off the tee and that club is always money. It gives me a good yardage into the green and I caught the approach shot perfect."

McDaniel, who finished eighth in the 2012 Junior PGA Championship, was overwhelmed by the victory.

"This means a lot to me, after not quite getting the job done last year in this event," he said. "This is my first big time, national win and it feels so good right now."

Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., had a 67 to finish a shot

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