Golfer Bryson Nimmer wins IJGA Junior Open at Chechessee Creek Club

Boys champion Bryson Nimmer, of Bluffton, watches as his ball rolls toward the green of the 17th hole during the final day of the IJGA Junior Open at Chechessee Creek Club on June 19th, 2014.
Boys champion Bryson Nimmer, of Bluffton, watches as his ball rolls toward the green of the 17th hole during the final day of the IJGA Junior Open at Chechessee Creek Club on June 19th, 2014. Theophil Syslo

Bryson Nimmer's walk to the 18th tee at Chechessee Creek Club on Thursday could have been time for some recent demons to take root.

The Bluffton resident, a Hilton Head Christian Academy student and Clemson commitment, led the American Junior Golf Association's IJGA Junior Open by two shots with a hole to play.

The previous week at the S.C. Golf Association Junior Championship, Nimmer also led on the final tee. But at Willow Creek Golf Club in Greer, he hit it out of bounds off the tee and made double bogey to finish two shots out of a playoff.

The memory was still fresh, but Nimmer focused on positive thoughts.

"This time I just told myself to trust it, swing hard and whatever happens, happens," Nimmer said.

Nimmer kept the ball in play and finished off a final-round 67 to win the boys division at 7-under-par 203. He held off Phillip Loeb, who finished two shots back, and Hilton Head Island's Andrew Orischak, the defending champion who played with Nimmer all three days.

Orischak started the day a shot back but finished at 2-under 208 after a 71 Thursday. Nimmer's 31 on the front nine helped chill any attempt to overtake him.

"That front nine was one of the best nines I've seen in a little while," said Orischak, who will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the AJGA's Rolex Tournament of Champions next week. "It was just tough to compete with, even if I did play well. That's good to know, that I got beat by a couple of good rounds."

Loeb was six back at the turn but birdied three of his first four holes on the back nine to pull Nimmer back.

Still, Nimmer knew he enjoyed a slight cushion down the stretch. After making his first bogey of the day on the par-3 11th, he ran off six consecutive pars, including an up-and-down from left of the green on No. 17 to preserve his two-shot advantage.

Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, N.C., closed with a 4-under 66 to win the girls title. Migliaccio, who began the final round in fourth place, carded four birdies and no bogeys for a 54-hole total of even-par 210.

The tournament was only her second AJGA appearance.

"It's always the best people," Migliaccio said. "You're always competing with the best and the wins are sweeter. It just feels amazing because all of the work that I've been doing finally came together in a tournament."

Nimmer's stretch of good play also finally paid dividends.

He finished tied for third at the Jimmy Self Invitational before his tough finish at the state junior.

After closing out his victory Thursday, Nimmer was greeted by Clemson golf coach Larry Penley, who had walked with the final group. Nimmer, wearing an orange belt Thursday, is firmly committed to the Tigers.

"It's all good right now," said Nimmer, who will next try to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur. "I'm hitting it well, and I trust it and am getting some confidence."

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AJGA IJGA Junior Open

Final round at Chechessee Creek Club

Boys Par: 35-35--70; Yardage: 6539; Rating: 72.3; Slope: 136

Girls Par: 35-35--70; Yardage: 6111; Rating: 73.8; Slope: 130

Boys Division

1. Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton 67-69-67--203

2. Philip Loeb 68-70-67--205

3. Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island 67-70-71--208

4. Yuan Li, Haikou 73-72-65--210

4. Sam Warkentin 68-71-71--210

6. Dwight Cauthen 70-69-73--212

7. Matthew Plunkett 68-71-74--213

8. Ryan Gerard 72-72-70--214

9. Sawyer Mills 75-71-69--215

9. Zachary Zwitter 71-73-71--215

9. Henry Shimp 72-69-74--215

12. Spenser Slayden 71-75-70--216

13. Adam Morris 71-75-72--218

14. Ritwik Jain, Bluffton 75-70-75--220

14. Matt Lehman, Bluffton 67-79-74--220

14. Keshav Sharma, Bluffton 69-76-75--220

14. Kobdech Rodrat 73-75-72--220

14. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island 78-72-70--220

19. Xue Wen Luo, Hilton Head Island 71-76-75--222

20. Geuntae Kim 76-77-70--223

20. Riley Schank 77-72-74--223

22. Daiki Okada, Hilton Head Island 74-77-74--225

23. Stanton Schorr 73-75-78--226

24. Steven Weingroff 76-80-71--227

24. Jairaj Singh Sandhu 73-72-82--227

24. Viraj Garewal 74-73-80--227

24. Benjamin Huskey 73-77-77--227

28. Phillip Beard 78-76-74--228

28. Piyush Sangwan 72-75-81--228

28. Christian Casingal 69-80-79--228

28. Steven Wysocki 79-72-77--228

32. Masato Yoshitsugu, Bluffton 69-74-86--229

32. Henrik Olsson 75-74-80--229

34. Burke Barsamian 77-77-76--230

34. Matt Holloway 78-77-75--230

36. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Hilton Head Island 78-77-76--231

36. Taisuke Ono, Hilton Head Island 79-80-72--231

38. Thomas Burnett 80-74-78--232

38. James Wohler 80-75-77--232

40. Alec Weary, Bluffton 72-82-79--233

40. Aman Gupta 75-78-80--233

40. Austen Swentzel 79-78-76--233

43. Kaden Page 78-76-80--234

43. JD Moore 79-75-80--234

45. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island 81-75-79--235

46. Walker Wise 82-73-82--237

46. Nic Vandeventer 82-79-76--237

48. Bret Howey 82-78-81--241

49. Matthew Bastian 82-85-85--252

-- Dougan Annan 85-DQ

-- Brian Weaver 106-105-DQ

Girls Division

1. Emilia Migliaccio 69-75-66--210

2. Isabella DiLisio 71-73-67--211

2. Fai Khamborn 66-74-71--211

4. Phyllis Tang, Bluffton 75-72-70--217

5. Chomchana Phuchanbanchob, Bluffton 70-74-74--218

6. Carly Burkhardt 72-71-76--219

7. Emma Albrecht 73-73-74--220

7. Yunjie Zhang, Hilton Head Island 69-73-78--220

9. Nicolette Donovan 74-76-71--221

9. Anne Taylor Hough 76-70-75--221

11. Maggie Ashmore 73-74-76--223

11. Samantha Huang, Hilton Head Island 75-75-73--223

13. Jaelyn Tindal 73-77-75--225

13. Grace Massengill 76-76-73--225

15. Radi Sauro 79-75-73--227

16. Megan Martin 76-74-79--229

17. Megan McLean 72-79-79--230

18. Ashley Kimbrough 77-78-76--231

19. Clementina Rodriguez, Hilton Head Island 74-80-78--232

20. Kasidy Beckel, Okatie 78-75-80--233

20. Miranda Holt 77-78-78--233

20. Hannah Ghelfi 81-77-75--233

23. Valerie Hernandez 81-80-73--234

24. Yuki Nakayama, Hilton Head Island 78-79-80--237

24. Page Morehead 80-81-76--237

26. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island 79-76-84--239

27. Rachel Corry 88-81-79--248