Major dream for Briem
“It means a lot to me to win,” said Briem. “It was my last individual junior tournament so it’s definitely nice to end my junior career like that and I’m really happy.
“I just played solidly and didn’t make many mistakes so it was good.
“Honestly, during the first nine holes it was quite tight but then I got more defensive on the back nine of the first round. That nine really helped me.
“It’s important to avoid high numbers. You can play a bogey but you have to try to avoid double bogeys and play more defensively. Green, two putt and next - that was my strategy and today it worked out pretty well.
“I’m excited for Final Qualifying (at the AIG Women’s Open) as I really wanted to play this year but I couldn’t so it’s really nice to make it.
“I think I can take a lot from this week strategy-wise. Usually I play more aggressively but maybe I should play a little more defensively in future.”
Kris Kim wins close contest in the Boys’ Amateur Championship Final
In the Boys’ Amateur Final, Kim took the early initiative, winning the 2nd with a birdie three, but he slipped up with three bogeys in a row from the 4th and Papayoanou was able to move to two-up by the 6th. Kim won the 8th but the 18-year-old from Houston produced an excellent eagle three at the 9th to restore his two-hole cushion. The 15-year-old from Walton Heath achieved his second birdie of the round at the 11th to cut the deficit back to one hole but Papayoanou responded with a birdie three at the next to go back to two-up. Kim’s birdie three at the 14th took him back to one-down and when his opponent was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker at the 18th the match was all square going into the afternoon.
Papayoanou won the 19th with a par four but bogeys at the 21st and 22nd proved costly and gave Kim, who won the McGregor Trophy and the Fairhaven Trophy earlier this year, the initiative as he moved to one-up at the 22nd. The match settled into a pattern around the turn with Kim edging ahead and Papayoanou pegging him back. The American won the 31st with a birdie four to level the match but once again Kim moved ahead with a birdie three to win the 32nd. At the 35th, Papayoanou played a delightful chip from short of the green to secure his par which was enough to level the match when Kim could only three putt from a similar position.
The match finished all square after 36 holes and went to the 38th where the American looked to be in control when he chipped to three feet from the back of the green. Kim left his first putt from the front of the green 12ft short and his attempt from there slipped past the hole. Papayoanou missed his putt for the championship and then missed the return from three feet to leave Kim as the champion.
Kim earns exemptions into Final Qualifying for The Open, The Amateur Championship and the US Junior Boys’ Championship.