Barrett, Khang capture N.E. Junior PGA titles

Chelso Barrett of Keene, NH and Megan Khang of Rockland, MA won the 2011 New England Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E. The two-day competition was held last Wednesday and Thursday at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, Mass.

By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Barrett and Khang qualified for the 36th Junior PGA Championship on Aug. 2-5 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Barrett, 16, posted a final-round 69 for a two-day total of 142 and an 8-stroke victory over Chris Gentle of Lowell. Khang, 13, had a final-round 75 for a two-day total of 145 and an 11-stroke victory over Vinh-Hoa Ngo of Newton.

The Junior PGA Championship is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, winners of the nine PGA Junior Series events and a few other national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college.

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Stewart Cink, In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Anthony Kim, Dottie Pepper, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Grace Park, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.