HIGH POINT — David DeLille defended his home turf Thursday.
DeLille, a rising senior at High Point Central, shot a steady final round 1-under-par 71 at Oak Hollow, where he plays frequently, and posted a six-shot victory in the TYGA High Point Junior golf tournament.
Kaitlyn Rand of Raleigh won the girls title.
She shot 75-77 for a 152 total and a 10-shot win over Elli Flinchum of Summerfield. Madison Dial of High Point finished fourth at 173.
DeLille’s four-birdie, three-bogey performance combined a personal-best 65 on Wednesday at Blair Park and was more than enough as his challengers from the first day fell by the wayside.
DeLille finished at 8-under 136 and reached as low as 10-under before suffering two late bogeys. He plays high school matches and for fun with friends at Oak Hollow.
“I know these two courses so well,” DeLille said. “I came into the week pretty confident. . . . Nobody looks at Blair Park and Oak Hollow as the two best courses in the state, but they sure are fun to play. When you’ve played them so many times you know where to hit it and not hit it and that helped me out a ton.”
The win continues a streak of top finishes this summer for DeLille that included a third at Sapona in Lexington, an age division win in a Tarheel Golf Foundation event in May at Bryan Park, and a tie for second out of 156 in the Bojangles Junior Open at Cutter Creek in Snow Hill.
“I shot 67-71 at Bryan Park and that’s when I knew I could go low,” DeLille said. “It gave me a ton of confidence.”
DeLille attributed his strong play to a change in swing coaches, advice from club pro Jim Brotherton at High Point Country Club and input from the others, among them Korn Ferry Tour regular and Central alum Drew Weaver.
DeLille began the day with a one-shot lead over Nick Joyce of Southern Pines and said his strategy from the start was to play aggressively.
“I didn’t want to take my foot off the gas pedal,” DeLille said. “This place can bite you if you don’t put it in the right place.”
DeLille birdied the first two holes, the first one the result of a close approach shot, while Joyce also birdied the second.
Joyce remained close until he began having trouble at the sixth hole hitting straight tee shots, eventually hitting a number of them to the left.
Joyce made double-bogey on six while DeLille made his only bogey on the front nine.
Joyce also carded bogeys on 8 and 9 while DeLille made pars, putting the lead at five shots heading to the back side. DeLille made the cushion six when he hit his approach within two feet on 10 and made birdie while Joyce settled for par.
“When I made the birdie there, I knew I was at least five shots ahead and was in pretty good shape,” DeLille said. “From there, I knew I could cruise in.”
He reached 10-under by making birdie from about a foot on 12.
“Still, I wanted to stay aggressive and make any bad swings and I didn’t,” DeLille said.
Will Dalton of Cornelius, Brad Grajzar of Elon and Landon Hawley of Charlotte tied for second at 2-under 142. Sean Finan of Wesleyan Christian, who played with DeLille and Joyce, tied for fifth with David Gee of Hickory at 1-under 143.
Gee edged Freddy Ortman of Greensboro by a stroke or first in the boys 12-15 flight.
Joyce, who started the round as the 12-15 leader, shot 5-over 41 on the back nine to finish with an 80 and in a tie for 11th at 146.
Tyler Partee of Thomasville tied for eighth at 145. Cayden Bryner of Oak Grove and Cole Rouse of Wesleyan were among others who tied for 11th. Luke Nelson of Thomasville tied for 18th at 147. Ethan Wooten of High Point tied for 36th at 153. Hunt Jardina of High Point tied for 54th. Michael Skeen of High Point tied for 62nd and Lincoln Newton of Wallburg finished 65th.
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