Jackson Herrington, Vanessa Borovilos Take Leads into Final Round of Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship

The stage is set for a dramatic final round at the ninth annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Presented by LA Golf at TPC Myrtle Beach, with Jackson Herrington (Dickson, Tenn.) and Vanessa Borovilos (Toronto, Canada) looking to close out victories in one of America’s premier junior tournaments.  

[Second Round Leaderboard: Boys; Girls]

Herrington shot a 3-under par 69 Saturday, pushing him to 4-under for the event, just ahead of second place Sterling Hurd (Austin, Texas). After beginning the day with a bogey, Herrington played an outstanding round, highlighted by four birdies during a crucial six-hole stretch to open the back nine.

He will need to be equally sharp on Sunday with one of the strongest fields in junior golf in pursuit. In addition to Hurd, Mason Howell (Thomasville, Ga.) is just two shots back at 2-under par, while the quartet of John Daniel Culbreth (Thomasville, Ga.), Ethan Paschal (Fayetteville, N.C.), Logan Reilly (Lovettsville, Va.) and Chase Kyes are tied for fourth, only three behind.

Blades Brown, the No. 1 ranked junior boy in America, and Tyler Watts, the nation’s No. 2 junior according to Junior Golf Scoreboard, each shot 69 Saturday, battling back to even par for the tournament and leaving both within striking distance going into the final round.

Borovilos will carry a three-shot cushion into the final round after shooting a 71 Saturday, leaving her at 3-under for the weekend.  

Defending champion Ryleigh Knaub (DeBary, Fla.) and Brynn Kort (Henderson, Nev.) are tied for second and within striking distance at even par. Amelie Zalsman (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) trails by four at 1-over par.

Final round play begins at 8 a.m. Sunday morning at TPC Myrtle Beach. Admission is free.



A 54-hole, college-style event, 90 players (54 boys, 36 girls) secured invitations to the ninth annual DJ World Junior, including Blades Brown (Nashville, Tenn.), the world’s top-ranked junior boy.

In total 68 of the 90 players are ranked among America’s top 100 juniors by either Golfweek or Junior Golf Scoreboard, highlighting the depth and quality of the field. On the boys’ side, 42 of the 54 players are ranked among America’s top 100 juniors while 26 of the 36 girls are top 100 players.

While just nine years old, three past champions at the DJ World Junior have already won at the game’s highest levels. In the last 12 months, Akshay Bhatia and Nick Dunlap have won on the PGA TOUR while Alexa Pano triumphed on the LPGA Tour.

With Johnson’s support, the tournament provides players one of the premier experiences in junior golf, and the opportunity to test themselves against outstanding competition.

A significant part of the event’s appeal is TPC Myrtle Beach, one of the Grand Strand’s most decorated layouts. TPC Myrtle Beach has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and been ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, making it an ideal venue to test golf’s rising young stars.

The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is sponsored by LA Golf, Founders Group International, the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and Golf Tourism Solutions.

Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $500,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.

For more information, visit www.worldjuniorgolfchampionship.com.

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