Want to see the world? No problem. Become a standout junior golfer.
Going to exotic places is what Emily Pedersen and Hurly Long, the girls’ and boys’ winner of the 16-18 division of the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic that concluded Monday, have been doing.
Pedersen, 17, estimates she spends half of her time at home in Denmark and the other half traveling here, there and everywhere playing golf. “Probably have been to more than 20 countries,” she said.
Long, who is 18 and from Germany, has a travel itinerary problem facing him. By winning the Doral Publix event, he gets automatic entry into the Junior Orange Bowl Classic that starts Friday.
He doesn’t know if he can fit the Junior Orange Bowl into his schedule, although he said he would love to play the tournament. Long is already scheduled to travel to, in rapid-fire order, Dubai, Turkey and Morocco for golf tournaments in the next few months.
“If I play the Junior OB, I’ll have to skip Dubai,” he said. “I have to figure it out.”
One place Long definitely knows he is going is the University of Oregon.
“I graduate from high school this year and I’m going to take a year off to play golf, then I’m going to college at Oregon,” he said.
Why Oregon? Isn’t it a bit cold there?
“Sure it is,” Long replied. “But I’m coming from Germany, so it’s no problem.”
Long said he likes playing golf because, “Something can happen when you’re playing and you’re out of it, but then you can get back in it.” Philosophically, he said, “Golf teaches you lessons in life.”
And then he added with a smile and somewhat less philosophically, “Also, obviously, I just like to whack at that ball.”
Long won his division on the White Course at Trump National Doral by firing 73-71-70-214 over the three days. He beat runner-up Greyson Porter of Clearwater , who shot a 68 Monday for a 217 total, by three shots ,
Pedersen won by five shots with rounds of 70-69-69 for a 208 total. Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass., was at 213 after rounds of 72-70-71.
Also concluding Monday was the boys’ and girls’ 14-15 divisions.
Adrien Pendaries of France finished first for the boys, posting a 71-74-68—213 to defeat runner-up Kristoffer Reitan of Norway by four strokes. In the girls’ championship, Rino Sasaki of Mexico shot 70-71-70—211 to hold off Diane Bailli of Belgium by one shot.
Dropping in on the tournament, and we do mean literally dropping in since he arrived by helicopter, was new Doral owner Donald Trump.