57 boys and 29 girls set to compete in Flagstaff at Forest Highlands
Eighty-six of Arizona’s best junior golfers will compete for the State Junior Golf Championship at Forest Highland’s Meadow course Tuesday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 21 with tee times beginning at 8 am each morning of the 36-hole tournament.
“The field on both the boy’s and girl’s sides are very competitive this year,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “We’re looking forward to a great event in the cooler temperatures of Flagstaff.”
In the Boys Division, 8 of the top-10 ranked players in the race for JGAA Player of the Year honors are in the field including No. 1 Cameron Barzekoff of Mesa. He recently placed T2 at the Willie Low Invitational and third at the Thunderbird Junior Classic both played last week. No. 2 in the season-long rakings, Jonathan Walters of Tucson, won the Thunderbird Junior Classic and the Tucson Spring Classic in April. No. 3, Daniel Thompson of Phoenix, came in second place in his most recent start at the Thunderbird Junior Classic in addition to a win at the Charlie Beljan Invitational in May. And No. 4, Hayden Sayre of Phoenix enters the field after a recent win at the Willie Low Invitational last week. Click here to view the entire boy’s state golf championship field.
In the Girls Division, Ashley Menne sits at the top of the rankings with more than twice as many points as the nearest competitor. She has notched seven wins in 11 starts this season, finishing no higher than third place. Toni St John of Gilbert is playing well going into the state championship with a win at the Willie Low Invitational and a T3 at the Thunderbird Junior Classic last week. No 4 in the girl’s rankings, Madeleine Laux of Goodyear has placed in the top 10 in all but one of the seven events she’s entered, including four, third-place finishes. And No. 5, Emily Mahar of Phoenix, is coming off two, second-place finishes at the Tucson City Championship and most recently the Thunderbird Junior Classic. Click here to view the entire girl’s state championship field.