Mexico notches team win and first and third places in individual championship.
Team Mexico won the 40th annual Girls Junior America’s Cup held July 23-27 at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colorado by 11 strokes over runner-up and last year’s defending champion, Southern California (+23).
Similar to a collegiate event, the Girls Junior America’s Cup features 18 teams of four girls representing their state, province or country. The competition is held over 54-holes with each team counting its best three scores each round.
As a team, Mexico shot 8-over par in the first round followed by two rounds of 2-over par in the second and third rounds to finish at 12-over par for the tournament – a two-place move from third place last year.
Team Arizona – made up of Ashley Menne of Surprise, Toni St John of Gilbert, Madeleine Laux of Goodyear and Kelly Su of Scottsdale – finished in eighth place at 55-over par. Individually, Menne finished in sixth place overall at 8-over par; St. John finished T28 at 21-over par for the tournament; Su finished T37 at 26-over par; and Laux finished T43 at 28-over par.
For individual medalist honors, Cory Lopez of Mexico shot a steady 70-70-72—212 (+2) to take the individual championship by one stroke over Southern California’s Serena Sepersky 72-70-71—213 (+3). Two of Lopez’s teammates – Maria Fernanda Martinez and Maria Alejandra Ferrer – tied for third place at 6-over-par 216.
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About the Girls Junior America’s Cup:
The GJAC is a non-profit organization established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats with a mission to provide a premier international team-golf tournament that encourages sportsmanship, friendship, personal growth and development of young women golfers. The event began with 11 teams in ’78 which grew into 18 teams by 1991. Each team consists of the top four girls from each state/country that exemplify not only outstanding skill and experience, but also true sportsmanship, discipline, courtesy and strength of character. The tournament is a 54-hole competition with teams counting three scores and throwing out the team’s highest score. The event also includes a practice round, opening and closing ceremonies, a tournament banquet and a social event. Being chosen to represent our state/country to play in the Girls Junior America’s Cup is one of the highest honors in girls’ junior golf. To learn more, visit http://gjac.org.