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Congratulations Veronica Joels on U.S. Kids Teen World Championship

Saturday, 10 August 2013 09:28

Congratulations to Veronica Joels! Winner of this years U.S. Kids Teen World Championship. Veronica won the girls 13 year old division by shooing rounds of 71-71-68 at Pinehurst #1. This secured a three shot victory for her biggest win yet. Veronica has now won over 70 junior titles nationwide. Most incredibly, she has achieved all of this in the span of only four short years. Her instructor Nick Helwig has had the honor of watching her grow from a beginner, into a Champion. "Good work girl, you are awesome!!!!" said Helwig following the win.

Golf Magazine wrote the following: Veronica Joels of Las Vegas led wire-to-wire and capped her 6-under-par performance in Girls 13 with a final-round 68 on Pinehurst No. 1. Birdies on four of her first six holes helped Joels fend off a charging Alyssa Lamoureux (Seminole, Fla.), who carded two eagles and three birdies en route to a final-round 68 and a second-place finish at 3-under-par. Haeley Wotnosky (Wake Forest, N.C.) closed with a 73 on Saturday and finished third at 4-over-par.

The Southwest Section PGA of America wrote the following: Veronica Joels, a regular for many years on the Las Vegas U.S. Kids Tour has just won the U.S. Teen World Championship at Pinehurst No.1 in North Carolina in the girls 13 age group..  This is the second world champion out of Las Vegas in the last six years. Brett Sodetz was the last to win a world championship; he accomplished this in the Boys 6 & under age group. With rounds of 71, 71, 68, Veronica won her age group by 3 over the next nearest competitor.  Her last round of 68 included 7 birdies. The pressure was on throughout the round as the second place competitor threw everything at her with her own 68, which included two eagles and three birdies. Our most sincere congratulations go out to Veronica Joels and her family for this wonderful accomplishment.

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