Pikulthong goes wire to wire; Skarr only girl in red numbers.
Anawin Pikulthong of Gilbert and Leah Skaar of Gold Canyon took home top honors at the IHOP Classic, contested August 10-11 at Grand Canyon University Golf Club.
Pikulthong returns to the winners’ circle after a first-place finish last year in the Boys 13-14 division. This year, thanks to a fantastic 5-under-par 31 on the back nine in the first round, Pikulthong shot 66 to open a three-shot lead going into the final round in the Boys Championship division. He followed with a 1-under-par 71 to post 6-under 136 for the tournament and a wire-to-wire victory by four strokes over Tucson’s Daniel Henely (69-71—140), who made a birdie run of his own in round one on the back nine. Rio Newcombe of Gilbert came in third place at even-par 142 (70-72).
After the first round in the Girls Championship division, Skaar found herself one shot back at 2-over-par 73. She then fired a clean 4-under-par 67 with two birdies on each nine to finish the tournament at 2-under-par 140. Two players – Madeleine Laux (76-67) of Goodyear and Kylee Loewe (75-68) of Scottsdale – finished tied for second place at 1-over-par 143.
Vincent Cervantes of Chandler posted a victory in the Boys 15-18 division with a 4-over-par 146 (75-71), and Oscar Uribe of Scottsdale fired 74-69—143 to finish at 1-under par for the win in the Boys 13-14 Division.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Olivia Serpa of Phoenix defended her championship in the Girls 13-14 Division. Last year she won in a playoff, this year she won by three strokes to finish at 9-over-par 151 (75-76). And Isabelle Junio of Goodyear also shot 9-over-par 151 (79-72) for the win in the Girls 13-14 division.
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