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IMG Academy's Claudio Correa and YiYuan Liu win at Rio Pinar

IMG Academy student-athletes Claudio Correa (pictured) and YiYuan Liu won the Boys and Girls 15-18 divisions, respectively, at the latest IMG Junior Golf Tour event at Rio Pinar

The IMG Junior Golf Tour got underway at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 1-2. The event featured a competitive field of 87 players from six states and 11 countries. The second day saw a flurry of low scores, with Linus Lo of Heathrow, Fla. and Thailand’s Veerapat Bhasavanich tying for the low round, each scoring five-under 67 on the final day. However, it would not be enough to overcome University of South Florida signee Claudio Correa, who shot consistently with rounds of 70, 69 (-5) to edge out the field by a single stroke for his first Tour win of the season, and second of his career.

“It felt good to win one and shoot two rounds under par,” remarked the Santiago, Chile native after the win. “I didn’t know it was going to be so tight at the end with the two 67s that came in.”

Meanwhile, the Girls 15-18 Division saw YiYuan Liu of Beijing, China shoot a final round 70 (-2) to take first with a four-over 148. Her strong finish in the second round allowed her to edge out second place finisher, South Korea’s Annie Kim, by two strokes. The win marked Liu's fourth top-10 finish this season on the Tour, and her first win of the year. 

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