The Virginia State Golf Association has selected Brambleton teen Julie Shin as its 2021 Junior Girls Golfer of the Year.
Shin, a senior at Independence High School, won her first American Junior Golf Association tournament championship and claimed low medalist honors at the Virginia High School League Class 5 state tournament in 2021.
A three-day total of 5-under-par 211 placed Shin in the winner’s circle at the inaugural AJGA Sam Burns Classic, contested July 19-22 on the Deer Creek Course at The Landings Club in Georgia.
Shin recorded 12 birdies during her three rounds and was one of only five golfers in the 24-player girls’ field to finish the event under par.
To cap her high school career, Shin posted six birdies and an eagle to shoot 7-under-par 65 on Oct. 11 at Williamsburg National Golf Club to earn low medalist honors and help lead Independence to the Class 5 state championship.
"I really wanted to do well for my final season with the team," Shin said following the state tournament. "I practiced every day despite my busy school schedule as a senior, and it all paid off."
"I ended up shooting one of my best rounds of golf and our team finished first, the best way to end the season," continued Shin, who also won a state title with Independence in 2019. "Super excited we were able to get the job done again."
Shin advanced to the semifinals at the VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship and shot a personal-best 7-under-par three times in competitive rounds during the 2021 season.
Shin, an AJGA Scholastic All-American, has set goals of winning another AJGA event and the VSGA Women's Amateur in 2022. She has committed to continue her education and golf career at the University of Pennsylvania.