Brent Ito coasted in. Kyra Cox had to make up ground.
They both left Metropolis Country Club with a title, capturing the Metropolitan Junior PGA Championship and earning an invitation to play in the national spotlight next month.
Ito claimed the boys division with relative ease. The recent Ardsley graduate opened with a 68, closed with a 72 and wound up four shots clear of Nathan Han. Cox claimed the girls division. The rising junior at John Jay opened with a 77, closed with 68 and finished two shots ahead of Jessie Kweon.
They qualified for the 41st Junior PGA Championship, which is set for August 9-12 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rhode Island.
Last year, the boys division champion received an invitation to the PGA Tour’s 2016 Valero Texas Open and girls division champion received an invitation to the LPGA’s 2016 Shoprite Classic.
It’s another event in a busy stretch for Cox, who is defending her New York State Amateur title next week and playing in the U.S. Girls Junior the following week in New Jersey.
Metropolitan Junior PGA Championship
At Metropolis C.C.
1. Brent Ito, 2016, Ardsley 68-72-140
2. Nathan Han, 2019, Somers 73-71-144
3. Adam Xiao, 2019, Manhasset 74-73-147
3. Aidan McDermott, 2016, Pleasantville 70-77-147
5. Erik Stauderman, 2018, Poughkeepsie 72-76-148
6. Patrick Montagnino, 2016, Smithtown 76-73-149
6. Jackson Fretty, 2019, Cos Cob, Conn. 73-76-149
8. Lewis Raboy, 2017, White Plains 75-76-151
1. Kyra Cox, 2018, South Salem 77-68-145
2. Jessie Kweon, 2018, Littleneck 72-75-147
3. Rina Jung, 2017, Briarcliff Manor, 75-82-157
4. Morgan Hennessy, 2018, Bronxville 78-80-158
4. Alice Hodge, 2020, Larchmont 79-79-158
4. Sara Suazo, 2017, Plainview 77-81-158
7. Malini Rudra, 2019, Syosset 82-77-159
7. Taylor Miano, 2020, Dobbs Ferry 79-80-159