Laveen resident Noah Nuez notched his second JGAA win of the year in the Boys Championship Division by firing a 9-under-par 201 (64-69-68) at Encanto G.C. at the Antigua Milt Coggins AZ Junior Stroke Play, a 54-hole event held June 4-6. In February, Nuez also won the Phoenix Metro Jr.
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Scottsdale’s Cameron Kaiser and Ashley Menne of Surprise turned in exceptional performances to notch wins in the Boys and Girls Championship divisions at the Tucson City Junior Championship – Tucson Conquistadores, held at Randolph North Golf Course and Dell Urich Golf Course May 29-30.
Camden Katz of Scottsdale fired a first-round 71 highlighted by three birdies and one eagle to open up a six-shot lead. He held on in the second round to finish at 8-over-par 152 (71-81), five shots clear of David Ramirez of Yuma (76-81—157, +13) in the Boys Championship Division at the Bruce Brown Yuma City Junior Championship.
Each year The Thunderbirds and the JGAA host a special one-round tournament at Gainey Ranch Golf Club to honor Arizona’s senior class of high school golfers who played during the 2018-2019 season.
The number of JGAA seniors moving up to college golf recently broke 50, one of the largest tallies in the association’s history. To celebrate, the JGAA called on 2002 PGA Champion, Rich Beem, to participate in a fireside chat alongside JGAA board member Joe Worden, who had the special honor of his daughter Eve among the honorees.
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) announced that junior golfers in the program signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf.
Anawin Pikulthong of Gilbert took top honors in the Boys Championship division at the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic, held April 27-28 at Silverbell and El Rio Golf Courses. Coincidentally, Pikulthong, 14, won last year in the 13-14 division.
The first local qualifier to enter the coveted IMG Academy Junior World Championship was recently contested at Whirlwind Golf Club’s Cattail Course April 13-14 with 19 Arizona junior golfers earning a spot into the championship to be held July 8-12 in San Diego.
For the second time this season, Scottsdale’s Preston and Grace Summerhays both took first place in their respective divisions at the same tournament. Preston, 16, shot 4-under 67 in the first round at the Bryce Molder Invitational held at McDowell Mountain Golf Club to sit one stroke off the lead before firing a 7-under 64 in the second round highlighted by eight birdies.