IMG Academy Junior World Qualifier and Mesa City Jr Presented by IHOP serve as local qualifiers for national championship to be held July 9-13 in San Diego.
The first local qualifier for the IMG Academy Junior World Championship to be held July 9-13 in San Diego, the IMG Academy Junior World Qualifier contested June 21-22 at Raven Golf Club ended with two players tied for first place in the Boys Championship Division. Tucker Clark (67-65) of Paradise Valley and Ben Lorenz (66-66) of Peoria both fired 12-under-par 132 in regulation play before Clark eventually edged out Lorenz in a playoff. Daniel Thompson of Phoenix finished in third place at 9-under-par 135 (65-70), three strokes off the pace.
In the Girls Championship Division, Ashley Menne of Surprise shot 72-68 to finish in first place at 4-under-par 140. Alexandra Quihuis (71-70) of Tucson and Kelly Su (70-71) of Scottsdale finished tied for second place at 3-under-par 141.
Zachary McDermid of Mesa won the Boys 15-18 Division at 1-under par (70-73—143). Mahanth Chirravuri of Chandler won in the Boys 13-14 Division at 12-under par (65-65—130). Vincent Cervantes of Chandler shot even par (73-69—142) to win the Boys 11-12 Division. And Jet Johnson (76-78—154) of Scottsdale won the Boys 10 and Under Division in a playoff over Gavin Ly of Goodyear (72-72—144) after finishing deadlocked at 12-over par.
Meghan Singh of Mesa won in the Girls 15-18 Division, posting a 4-over-par 148 (78-70). Abbey Schutte (67-72—139, -3) of Goodyear won the Girls 13-14 Division. Ailis Tribolet of Chandler won the Girls 11-12 Division at 10-over par (76-76—152), and Alexis Vakasiuola of San Tan Valley won in the Girls 10 and Under Division at 15-over-par 157 (75-82).
Mesa City Jr. / IMG Jr World Q Presented by IHOP, the second local qualifier for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships, wrapped up June 19 at Dodson Ranch Golf Course with four players tied for first place in the Boys Championship Division at 5-under-par 139. Jacob Goode (70-69) of Tucson won in a playoff over Caden Christopherson of Chandler (72-67), Mason Quagliata (71-68) and Nick Hedman of Chandler (68-71).
In the Girls Championship Division, Alyzzah Vakasiuola of San Tan Valley posted rounds of 71 and 73 to finish at even-par 144, one stroke ahead of three players tied at second place at 145 — Carly Strole (74-71) of Avondale, Nicole Ewing (72-73) of Mesa and Alexandra Quihuis (71-74) of Tucson.
Ryan Moquin of Buckeye won in the Girls 15-18 Division, posting a 16-over-par 160 (81-90). Ivy Song (76-75—151, +7) of Surprise won the Girls 13-14 Division. Alexis Vakasiuola of San Tan Valley won the Girls 11-12 Division at 10-over par (76-75—151), and Alexis Lamadrid of Phoenix won in the Girls 10 and Under Division at 15-over-par 157 (75-82).
JGAA members that will be competing at 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championships include:
- 15-18 Boys: Tucker Clark, Ben Lorenz, Tony Hendricks, Daniel Thompson, Nick Hedman, Jacob Goode, Preston Summerhays, Mason Quagliata
- 15-18 Girls: Alyzza Vakasiuola, Nicole Ewing, Ashley Menne, Alexandra Quihuis, Lauren Garcia
- 13-14 Boys: Gavin Aurillia, Charlie Palmer, Alan Quezada, Mahathn Chirravuri, Anawin Pikulthong, Adam Miller, Rylan Johnson
- 13-14 Girls: Ivy Song, Abbey Schutte, Grace Summerhays, Marley Moncada, Mattison Frick, Makenzie Cooper, Sam Olson
- 11-12 Boys: Alex Hilgers, Jack Layman, Ryan Sefrioui, Henry Dall, Kush Shah, James Rogers, Brady McDonough
- 11-12 Girls: Ailis Tribolet, Isabelle Yang, Kyla Layman, Kate Hauptman, Anya Mathur
- 9-10 Boys: Jet Johnson, Gavin Ly, Joey Hage, Shravan Ramesh
- 9-10 Girls: Alexis Vakasiuola, Natalia Lamadrid, Alexis Lamadrid
The 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championships tees off July 9-13. From its humble beginnings in 1952 with a group of 50 young players at the then Mission Valley Country Club, today the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships has grown to host 1,200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states. The tournament is the largest international event in the world and is uniquely recognized for its cultural diversity. Hosted at famed Torrey Pines as well as other San-Diego-area clubs, in 1968 John W Brown, A.S. “Lou” Smith and Norrie West decided the San Diego Junior Golf Association would host the Junior World Golf Championships to create a tournament where juniors from all parts of the world could come together to play golf and grow culturally. Click here to learn more about the IMG Academy Junior World Championships.