published Friday, June 7th, 2013

Ogletree, Li win RTC Junior titles

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    Ailin Li putts on the 18th green Thursday on her way to a win in the girls division during the final round of the AJGA tournament at the Windstone Golf and Country Club.
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RINGGOLD, Ga. — Andy Ogletree is on a winning streak.

He won his division of the Futures Tour Championship on Sunday in Greenville, Miss. He and his father, Jim, drove all night to make it in time for a practice round Monday at WindStone Golf Club.

They drove away from Ringgold and back to their home in Little Rock, Ark., with another trophy.

Ogletree shot a final-round 5-under-par 66 to win the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic with a three-day total of 6-under 207.

"I figured 6 under would win, so I tried to birdie every hole," said Ogletree, who also won a "Big Break" style competition Tuesday, when he mashed a marshmallow about 50 yards with his driver. "Winning is like a weight off your shoulders."

Jacob Eklund was the runner-up at 209, followed by Harrison Corbin at 210. Ben Rebne led the Chattanooga-area contingent by tying for 52nd.

Ailin Li of Windermere, Fla., shot a final-round 3-under 68 and won the girls' division by three strokes with a 1-under 212.

"For the first two days you just set a goal for yourself, and you can't say, 'I want to make a birdie on every hole,'" Li said. "You have to say even or 2 over, then on the last day just be calm."

Li, a rising sophomore, overcame a two-stroke deficit to start the day and defeated Kaho Monica Matsubara by three shots. Katherine Holmes tied for fourth and led the Chattanooga-area girls with a 222.

"My goal for the day was to shoot 2 under," Li said. "I had an aim, and I was working for it during my round, and that's how I won."

Ogletree finished with a flurry. He began the final round three shots off the lead. He stood at 1 over for the tournament through six holes Thursday.

Then he birdied six of his final 11.

"I went bogey, double-bogey on 5 and then birdied Nos. 7, 9, 10, 12, 15 and 17," he said. "I just didn't give up. I hit some shots close and I made a lot of putts."

Contact David Uchiyama at duchiyama@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6484. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/UchiyamaCTFP.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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