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Kendall Prince of Lake Oswego, Ore. battled back and forth all afternoon with Leilanie Kim of Surrey, British Columbia. Kim had a one-shot lead through nine holes, but a clutch shot from Prince gave her the momentum she needed to win the Girls Division at the AJGA event in Wenatchee.
“I stuck it to about three feet for birdie,” said Prince, who has signed a National Letter of Intent with Ohio State University. “I played the back nine well all week and that shot gave me the confidence I needed heading down the stretch.”
Two more birdies on the back nine vaulted Prince to a three-stroke victory, as she finished even-par 216 for the tournament.
Kim finished in second place with a tournament total of 3-over-par 219. Betty Chen of Castro Valley, Calif., finished in third place at 7-over-par 223.
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