Headline: Michael Thorbjornsen Wins the 1st Annual Massachusetts Boys Junior Amateur Championship; Fires a 1-under par 69 at Norfolk Golf Club

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2015

Michael Thorbjornsen won the 1st MGA Boys Junior Amateur Championship title at Norfolk Golf Club.

Westwood, MA —Even though Michael Thorbjornsen (George Wright GC) has had his fair share of wins, today marked the first time that the 13 year old from Wellesley could call himself an inaugural MGA champion.

Thorbjornsen fired a 1-under par 69 at Norfolk Golf Club to capture the 1st Massachusetts Boys Junior Amateur Championship. This event – which was announced last fall – featured competitors who are under the age of 14.

“It feels wonderful,” said Thorbjornsen. “I played great today and felt good with my game. It is such an honor to win this tournament.”

Despite his age, Thorbjornsen has a golf resume that veterans would envy. He is a two-time U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year. He claimed that honor in 2012 and 2013 and in doing so became just the 10th boy to win back-to-back World Championships in the event's 14-year history.

“This is pretty high up there,” said Thorbjornsen. “Being the Massachusetts Boys Junior Amateur Champion feels pretty good.”

On this unique stage in Westwood, Thorbjornsen was solid from start to finish on what is a challenging layout and under playing conditions which saw the wind pick up steadily as the round went along.

Thorbjornsen got off to an early and fast start by making back-to-back birdies on the 427-yard, par 5 5th and 170-yard, par 3 6th holes.

He first sent his 8-iron approach from 140 yards on the 5th hole to 20 feet for an eagle attempt that he two putted. He then used key knowledge acquired from a practice round to set up his second birdie of the day.

“I played a practice round a couple days ago and hit an 8 iron to about where the pin was,” said Thorbjornsen. “So today I hit an 8 iron a little short and still made the putt and that got some momentum going into the next couple of holes.”

He would make bogey on two of his next five holes, but he rebounded well on the 126, par 3 12th hole by making a 15-foot birdie putt. He played even par golf through his final six holes to finish at 1-under par for the day despite winds that were gusting near 20 miles per hour.

“I just waited for the right moment to hit and tried to hit when there was the least amount of wind,” said Thorbjornsen. “I tried to choose my clubs wisely because if I didn’t it wouldn’t have gone so well.”

Finishing in second place with a score of 3-over par 73 was Jack O’Donnell (Boston GC). One year ago, O’Donnell captured the boys division title at the 2014 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship. He won what would be the final boys divisional title at that event on the first playoff hole.

Both Thorbjornsen and O’Donnell will turn 14 years old in September and will thus be eligible to compete at the 2016 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship. 

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