The game of golf is extremely important to the State of Arizona, and with roughly 200 golf courses in the Phoenix area alone, the game is a defining feature of the Valley of the Sun.
Founded in 1983, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) is a non-profit organization that introduces Arizona’s youth to the game of golf and helps junior golfers develop golf and life skills through competitive programs and tournaments. In addition to developing programs at schools and assisting Arizona golf courses with their junior programs, the JGAA conducts more than 100 programs and activities, including etiquette clinics, tournaments, and college prep seminars throughout Arizona each year. The JGAA awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education – the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships. The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation continues to guide the organization and is instilled in all of its members.
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The 27th Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic teed off April 24-25, and local resident Carlos Astiazaran made the best of home-field advantage at Silverbell Golf Course, shooting 1-over 71 in the first round followed by 5-under 65, matching his personal low score in JGAA Boys Championship competition.
A freshman at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Emily Shimkus topped off her win at the 2021 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship with a 4-under-par 67, tying the school record.
The first qualifier for the coveted 2021 IMG Academy Junior World Championship to be held July 12-16 in San Diego took place locally April 17-18, with 27 Arizona juniors earning spots into the field. A second qualifying tournament at the Mesa City Jr is scheduled for late June.
McDowell Mountain Golf Club hosted the fourth PING Junior Masters Series tournament of the 2021 JGAA season – Bryce Molder Invitational – April 10-11, with Cameron Keith from Alamo, California earning the win after only his second JGAA start.
Gilbert’s Anawin Pikulthong earned a second AJGA victory against a strong field at the PING Heather Farr Classic, held April 1-4 at Longbow Golf Club. He fired rounds of 67-65-67 to finish at 14-under par, one stroke shy of the record set by Beau Hossler
Raegan Capizzi wins by four in Girls Championship division. After finishing in second place in 2020, Anawin Pikulthong of Chandler won the 2021 Desert Mashie Championship by a healthy…